Engaging with policymaking bodies

Our members have asked us to advocate on their behalf around policy affecting some of the particular thematic areas they work in. In the following ways, the EFC brings philanthropy’s ideas, interests and concerns to the table:

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.

EESC Liaison Group

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.

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.

Policy Forum on Development

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.

Maintaining relations with multilateral agencies with a global reach

We engage with global organisations such as the United Nations, the G20 and the OECD on issues important to our members.

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