Engaging with policymaking bodies
Our members have asked us to bring philanthropy’s ideas, interests and concerns to the policy table around some of the particular thematic areas they work in. In the following ways, the EFC raises the voice of its members:
Member EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) Liaison Group
This body acts as a bridge between civil society organisations and the EU Institutions, providing a channel of communication from civil society through the EESC to the European Commission. The EFC has been an active member of this group since 2009.
Founding Member and Board Member Social Economy Europe
Social Economy Europe (SEE) is the EU-level representative organisation for the social economy, which includes the range of social economy organisations, from cooperatives to mutual insurers to social enterprises to associations to philanthropy. The EFC co-founded the organisation in 2000 under the name CEP-CMAF. In 2008 the name changed to Social Economy Europe.
Member Policy Forum on Development, DG International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)
The Policy Forum on Development (PFD) connects civil society organisations and local authorities from the EU and partner countries with European institutions and multiple stakeholders active in development for structured, EU-level dialogue on development issues. The EFC has a seat on this forum as part of the civil society organisations category representing a European-level platform.
Advocating for vulnerable populations as a board member of Structural Funds Watch
The EFC sits on the board of the Community Living for Europe: Structural Funds Watch. This independent initiative tracks how the clear commitment of the European Structural and Investment Funds to support community living for persons with disabilities, children and older persons is being achieved.
Structural Funds Watch
Engaging with EU agencies and DGs on policy
We regularly engage with EU agencies and directorates general of the European Commission to bring our members’ voices to policy discussions on specific issues that are core to their missions. The EU Fundamental Rights Agency is one example, along with DG ECFIN, DG Employment, DG Grow, DG Justice, DG Research and others.