“On topic, off the record”

7 – 8 November, Philanthropy House

The 2018 edition of EuroPhilantopics finds Europe still grappling with a host of pressing challenges from Brexit, to Hungary and Poland in serial disputes with the EU, the unresolved migration crisis, poverty, unemployment, and elections campaigning kicking off.

With only ten months remaining before the next European elections, this year’s EuroPhilantopics will offer EFC members the chance to discuss EU developments in small, focused discussions with representatives of the EU institutions. In a series of on topic and off the record conversations, policymakers and philanthropists will delve deeper into EU policy areas, share perspectives and examine avenues for collaboration by utilising the different but complementary perspectives and resources that they can offer each other.


The programme agenda for 2018 is in progress. Confirmed discussions include:


The opening keynote and discussion will be led by Luca Jahier, 32nd President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). It will provide a safe space for strategic reflection on how philanthropic organisations can individually and collectively with their social partners contribute in making European founding values a central part of society and drive sustainable development.

Making the European Pillar of Social Rights Real

In November 2018, the EU celebrates a year from the adoption of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The objective of the Pillar is to contribute to social progress by supporting fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems. What successes have we seen in the past year? Where can we see hurdles? With the European elections next year candidates for the new Parliament and Commission need to be committed to continue implementation of the Pillar. The EU 2020-27 budget shall also provide sufficient funding for social investments.

How can philanthropy and its social partners contribute in building an impulse to implementation of the Pillar now and into the future?


About EuroPhilantopics 

EuroPhilantopics is an annual dialogue which forms an integral part of the EFC’s ongoing work and discussions with policymakers throughout the year.

Building on the relationships and conversations which span several years and making full use of the central location of Philanthropy House in Brussels, the EFC brings together the philanthropic sector and EU policymakers for lively, off the record exchanges and strategic reflections on finding solutions to today’s major challenges.


 Helping our members engage with high level policymakers is an integral part of what the EFC does.
If there is a topic you feel needs to be aired: tell us and we will help make it happen.

EuroPhilantopics is an invitation-only event 


The EuroPhilantopics event is part of the EFC’s ongoing advocacy and policy work for its members. For more information on the EFC’s seven key priorities, please download the EFC Strategic Framework 2016-2022