• Our work

    Eurodiaconia links diaconal actors to examine social needs, develop ideas and influence policies impacting Poverty and Social Exclusion, Social and Health Care Services and the Future of Social Europe.

    Eurodiaconia also provides a platform for transnational networking and best practice sharing.  


  • Our vision

    As the leading network for diaconal work in Europe, we look to develop dialogue and partnership between members and influence and engage with the wider society.  We do this to enable inclusion, care and empowerment of the most vulnerable and excluded and ensure dignity for all.


  • Our goals

    We aim to see a positive social change in Europe through:

    Praxis, enabling membership engagement and partnerships

    Advocacy, creating a network of competence to impact policies at European and national level

    Identity and values, supporting the development of approaches and thinking on Diaconia in Europe today


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Europe 2020

The “Europe 2020 strategy” is the EU's growth strategy for the coming decade. Launched in 2010, it aims to achieve “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth" through the achievement of 5 overarching targets:

75% of the 20-64 year-olds to be employed
R&D / innovation:
3% of the EU's GDP (public and private combined) to be invested in R&D/innovation
Climate change / energy:
greenhouse gas emissions 20% (or even 30%, if the conditions are right) lower than 1990
20% of energy from renewables
20% increase in energy efficiency
Reducing school drop-out rates below 10%
at least 40% of 30-34–year-olds completing third level education
Poverty / social exclusion
at least 20 million fewer people in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion

Eurodiaconia is particularly interested by the "inclusive growth" objective as well as the stakeholders involvement in the process. In these times of economic and financial crisis, austerity programs and budget restraints, the challenge to find the balance between financial, economic and social policy has pushed many Member States to forget the social inclusion dimension of Europe, and the requirement to involve stakeholders in policy making.

Eurodiaconia is following the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy through the European Union's seven "flagship initiatives" ("new engines to boost growth and jobs"), and working for a stronger engagement of diaconal actors in the overall process of the European semester.

To know more about Eurodiaconia's work on Europe 2020, please contact Clotilde at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Solidar presents analysis of the social dimension of Europe 2020 to European Parliament

3 April 2014

Solidar, a partner European network of NGOs fighting for social justice, is seeking to encourage decision makers to make social issues more of a priority in the next European semester (Europe 2020). They have set up the “Social Progress Watch Initiative” which evaluates Member States’ commitments to fighting social exclusion, poverty, inequality and unemployment.

On April 1st, Solidar hosted a roundtable at the European Parliament and presented their first results from the “Social Progress Watch Initiative”.  At this meeting, Solidar also released their briefing “Europe 2020: How to spur social progress for a more inclusive Europe?”. With both of these items, Solidar presented several recommendations to the EU in order better achieve Europe 2020 goals focusing on reducing poverty and social exclusion. Solidar recommendations include: having more civil society involvement in the European Semester process, creating comprehensive strategies for inclusion that go beyond the labour market sector, and strengthening social policies connected to Europe 2020 targets.

To find out more about what Solidar is doing to promote social inclusion policies through this initiative please see: http://solidar.org/Active-Inclusion-Social-Progress.html.

Toolkit on engaging with Europe 2020 & the European Semester

13 March 2014

EAPN, (the European Anti-Poverty Network) has recently finalized a Toolkit on engaging with Europe 2020 and the European Semester, through the Country Specific Recommendations, National Reform Programmes and National Social Reports for this year.

The toolkit aims at providing brief, to the point information about the processes and the opportunities for engagement, by clarifying the key elements, timeline, and strategic actors of the new process, as well as giving links and suggesting different ways of involvement. They also give some tips for engaging in the new round, building on members’ experiences from the past years, and previous such Toolkits drafted with members.

Caritas Europa publishes Shadow Report 2013 evaluating European Semester

25 February

Caritas Europa has recently published their second "Shadow Report" evaluating European Semester documents and presenting observations regarding poverty and employment from Caritas Europa Member Organisations. 

It examines the development of poverty, the impact of budgetary cuts on income and access to social services, the situation of migrants and the Roma, employment, in-work poverty and labour market segmentation. It then looks at the use of EU Funding in fighting poverty and social exclusion, the impact of the European Semester on poverty and social exclusion and the involvement of civil society in Europe's 2020 strategy.

The report can be downloaded here.

Report from debate on civil society engagement in European Semester online

20 February 2014

A report from the meeting held in the European Parliament "Working towards a more inclusive and balanced European Semester: a model for civil society and trade union involvement" is now available. Hosted by the Greens/EFA Group, the discussion was co-organised by Eurodiaconia and CESI, The European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions.

beres and group semester meeting jan 2014

Heather Roy presented Eurodiaconia's members' experiences and proposed actions that would improve stakeholder engagement in the process, which in turn should improve the quality of polices and ownership and therefore better outcomes for a smart, sustainable and inclusive EU.

For more information the report can be found here.

Photo: Mme Berès MEP, Chair of employment and social affairs committee intervening

Eurodiaconia supports the European Parliament EMPL committee call for a strengthened Social Scoreboard

February 2014

The Employment and Social affairs committee of the European Parliament adopted the initiative report of Sergio Guttiérez Prieto on the "Employment and social aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2014".

Eurodiaconia especially supports this report's call for a stronger social scoreboard it states: "these indicators have not been made binding, unlike the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure scoreboard; asks the Commission and the Member States to assess this situation in the light of the growing social and employment imbalances in the EU". 

Eurodiaconia also particularly welcomes the statement concerning the regretable "limited nature of the role of Parliament in the European Semester"

This report will be voted in plenary in February to be discussed by all the MEPs.

Draft EMPL report on the European Semester for economic policy coordination: Employment and Social Aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2014

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