• 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


Calendar Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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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

Junker unveils controversial 315 billion euro investment plan

26th November

The European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, presented today to the European Parliament the €315bn ''investment plan for Europe'', the cornerstone of its five-year agenda to revive growth and jobs through investment and convince private investors to spend again in Europe. Annonced as a ''groundbreaking investment plan'' ''offering hope to millions of Europeans'' by Mr. Junker, it has been criticised by many for not not providing new money but rather relying on financial engineering based on the re-organisation of existing funds as €21 billion of public money will be used to lift fifteen times as much in capital.

It is hoped that the European Fund for Strategic Investment will be set up and operational by mid-2015, with the aim of creating 1.3 million new jobs over the next three years. 

More information 

Text of the speech by Jean-Claude Juncker on the € 315 billion Investment Plan

Financial Times: How Juncker plans to unleash investment in Europe 

EU Observer: Juncker's plan: Making €60bn worth five times more

Eurodiaconia key recommendations to the AGS 2015


Last week, ahead of the Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and ahead of the Annual Growth Survey 2015 that is due to take place in November, Eurodiaconia wrote to the new president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker, to insist on the importance of an Annual Growth Survey 2015 that would reflect the need to achieve both economic and social progress in the European Union. The letter is based on three policy recommendations:

  • Acknowledge and respond to the social situation in Europe, strengthen the Europe 2020 poverty reduction target
  • Strengthen Europe 2020’s credibility, reinforce stakeholders’ involvement
  • Empower Europe through long-term thinking, promote social investment

To read the details of the recommendations, please download the letter here


Eurodiaconia's response to the Europe 2020 midterm review public consultation

On the 24th of October, Eurodiaconia responded to the European Commission consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy midterm review. The response is accessible on the website of the public consultation (here) or can be read separately here. The consultation will remain open to all (individuals, NGOs, Member States, etc.) until 31 October 2014. Replies are accepted 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.

Thank you to all Eurodiaconia members who have contributed to this consultation through meetings and comments. The core message of the Eurodiaconia response is that the strategy must be renewed, and the poverty target must be kept. A stronger commitment to inclusive growth is absolutely necessary to rebalance the implementation of the strategy.


European Semester National contact points

In order to facilitate members engagement in the European Semester, members can contact their "European Semester Officer".

The European Commission Representations are present in every EU capital city, to help to bring the Commission closer to what is going on the Member States. The Commission has now set up a specific position for a "European Semester Officer" in each of these Representation. According to the European Commission, these European Semester Officers are "economic policy experts who can help to explain the sometimes complex details of EU economic governance to national stakeholders. Their mission is also to get a balanced picture of the challenges that the Member State is facing so that the annual country-specific recommendations will best reflect the realities on the ground. They work together with all relevant groups across society, including ministries, national, regional and local parliaments, social partners and other interest groups".

To find a European Semester Officer in your country, please look at the list of European Semester Officers (EOs),  or please consult the websites of the European Commission Representations.

OSE position on the midterm review: on the importance of the fight against poverty for the EU

The "Obsevatoire Social Européen" (OSE) released its position on the Europe 2020 midterm review. In its position "Putting the fight against poverty and social exclusion at the heart of the EU agenda : A contribution to the Mid-Term Review of the Europe 2020 Strategy" the OSE presents the social context as well as the shortcomings in the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy (inadequate target setting, lack of progress) and finally goes on to regret that the  social dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy has been so weakly prioritised. The OSE recommands that all member states have adequate minimum income schemes, as a key starting point to strengthen the sustainability and adequacy of income support. Other recommendations concern the importance of goin back to implement previous commitments and strategies such as social investment and active inclusion.

For more information:

OSE, Frazer, H., Guio, A.-C., Marlier, E., Vanhercke, B. and Ward T. (2014) - OSE Paper Series, Research Paper No.15, October 2014. "Putting the fight against poverty and social exclusion at the heart of the EU agenda : A contribution to the Mid-Term Review of the Europe 2020 Strategy" 

Europe 2020 midterm review - European Commission public consultation 


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