• 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:

Employment:
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
Education
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



Contribute to the Europe 2020 midterm review

17 October 2014

Eurodiaconia members have until the end of the month to respond to the European Commission public consultation on the Europe 2020 midterm review.  It is a special opportunity to have the the diaconal organisations' voices heard on their experience of the Europe 2020 strategy and its achievements so far, as well as to propose ideas for its future. 

Eurodiaconia secretariat has prepared its draft response following on the information collected from members through the years, and the particular input of the Europe 2020 steering group as well as the Europe 2020 midterm review seminar which took place on 25-26th September. Today Eurodiaconia secretariat will circulate its draft position for comments. If you are representing a Eurodiaconia member organisation and would like to comment but have not receive the draft by today, please request it to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

How to respond directely to the consultation?

Members are encouraged to send their direct response to the consultation. The consultation will be opened until 31 October 2014, to all (individuals, NGOs, Member States, etc.). You may reply in any of the 24 official EU language. The aim is to enable stakeholders to feed into the review of the Europe 2020 strategy and its further development. It is accessible through the Europe 2020 website (http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/public-consultation/index_en.htm) . Organizations can also attach a position paper or any other documents in support of their on-line response.

For more information please contact the Eurodiaconia secretariat.

 
Eurodiaconia sends proposals to ministers to improve Europe 2020 strategy

14 October 2014

Eurodiaconia has sent a letter to the EU employment and social affairs ministers with recommendations for improving the Europe 2020 strategy in anticipation of their meeting on the 16th October. One of the agenda points for the EPSCO Council is the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy, and the letter outlines key messages based on members' experiences to ensure the strategy promotes social inclusion and the fight against poverty.

The letter can be read here.

 
Reminder: Please contribute! Public consultation on Europe 2020 midterm review

This is a reminder to Eurodiaconia members of the European Commission public consultation on the Europe 2020 midterm review. Eurodiaconia members can respond directely to the consultation. It is important for eurodiaconia members to get involved to share their experience and understanding of the Europe 2020 strategy and its achievements so far, as well as to propose ideas for its future. The Commission will draw on the contributions it receives during the public consultation when it presents proposals for the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy in 2015. This will be followed by a discussion at next year's spring European Council.

Eurodiaconia secretariat will circulate its draft contribution for comments. But if you would like to already share some of your answers and comments, please send them to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Thursday 16th October.

 

How can you get involved?

Respond to the public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy: towards a post-crisis growth strategy for Europe. The consultation will be opened until 31 October 2014, to all (individuals, NGOs, Member States, etc.). You may reply in any of the 24 official EU language. The aim is to enable stakeholders to feed into the review of the Europe 2020 strategy and its further development. It is accessible through Your Voice in Europe (http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/consultations/index_en.htm) or the dedicated page on the Europe 2020 website (http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/public-consultation/index_en.htm) . Organizations can also attach a position paper or any other documents in support or their on-line response.

 

 
Getting ready for the Europe 2020 midterm review

3 October 2014

On 25 and 26 September 2014, Eurodiaconia members gathered to work together on the European Semester and the Europe 2020 midterm review. The 14 representatives coming from 10 countries, discussed together their experience of the semester, as well as the key messages they wanted to share with the European Commission on the occasion of the Europe 2020 midterm review.

Government representatives from the permanent representations of Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Finland addressed the group and shared their honest experience and perspective on the functionning of the European semester. Two representatives from the European Commission also presented the European Commission's view on stakeholders engagement and the Europe 2020 achievements so far. Finally, members with experience of the European Semester process explained their work and hopes to members who started to engage more recently in the process.

This meeting will enable the Eurodiaconia secretariat to lay down the basis of the Eurodiaconia conribution to the Europe 2020 midterm review consultation's response and aimed to also equip members to respond directly to the consultation. It confirmed Eurodiaconia members experienced shared along the years since 2010 particularly on the need of an improved stakeholders engagement at national level and a re-prioritisation of the poverty reduction target.

More information

 

 

 
Candidate for Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility quizzed by MEPs

2 October 2014

This past week has seen a number of hearings in which Members of the European Parliament had the opportunity to question the candidates for the different Commissioner portfolios.  They aim to test their competency for the post, their ideas for the future in their areas of responsibililty and try to gauge their independence from national politics. Some of the hearings were quite controversial, but the hearing of the “Commissioner-designate” for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, was comparatively straightforward and the general assessment of her performance positive.

MEPs posed many questions on topics of interest for Eurodiaconia members in the hearing. In her responses she stated, "I am a firm believer in the social economy, where liberty, responsibility and solidarity come together," Ms Thyssen said. On minimum income across Europe she said that the Commission would use the tools it possesses to "stimulate member states" to act. She noted that migrants contribute more to the economies of the host country than they take, stressing the need to work more on their integration.

Regarding the social impact of economic and financial policy she echoed the Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker stating that the social consequences of each measure the Commission adopts must be assessed. She would support a stronger role for social indicators in the European Semester monitoring system, rebalancing social and economic policy. She also said that greater social equality will drive job creation in the EU.

On innovation, the MEP said “we have more in mind than just research and development for businesses. We also have to think about research and development to solve social problems." A focus area in this for is included innovation in social services and she also stated that quality care services are necessary in any society that wants to call itself civilised.

Marianne Thyssen, from the CD&V Christian democratic party, has been a member of the European Parliament since 1991 and is on the board of the European People’s Party group of MEPs. As a Commissioner she has a role similar to that of a national minister, but for the European Union. The European Parliament has the power to reject or approve all the candidates as a team.

As Heather Roy noted in this week’s editorial, overall the Eurodiaconia secretariat had a positive view of her approach to social issues and the links with economic policy.  Current Commissioner for social affairs, Lazló Andor congratulated Ms Thyssen on her performance via Twitter.

However, in her answers to questions there were no references to social investment nor did she mention working with civil society and social NGOs. Concrete proposals to address the challenges mentioned were also lacking. Eurodiaconia and partners look forward to engaging with her in the coming months, sharing their expertise and proposals, and supporting her work to promote a more social Europe. The secretariat has also been following the

 
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