• 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 Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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Roma inclusion is a hot topic here in Brussels, especially in view of the recent EU Framework on national Roma integration strategies just adopted. We also know how important it is for Eurodiaconia members to share with others about their work with local Roma communities. For this reason Eurodiaconia established a Roma Network in 2009, and the Network has been growing and developing. The Network meets annually but we also send out a monthly Roma Network e-news covering Roma specific EU policy news, events, calls for proposals and resources and publications. If you have information to share with the Network such as an event announcement or a publication that you would like to feature in an issue of the Roma e-news, please feel free to send me the information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Eurodiaconia has written a policy paper on social rights for Roma as well as a briefing for our members which accompanies which explains how to get involved in Eurodiaconia’s Roma work as well as how to use the policy paper.

• Policy paper: Social Rights for Roma
• Briefing: Social Rights for Roma

If you would like more information about Eurodiaconia’s work on Roma issues, please contact Catherine at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Joint statement calling for anti-racism intergroup in the European Parliament

7 July 2014

Eurodiaconia has recen signed a joint statement with ENAR and 94 other organisations calling for the establishment of an intergroup on anti-racism in the European Parliament.

The intergroup would provide an informal platform for MEPs of different political groups and different committees to step up efforts in order to:
(1) mainstream racial equality and anti-racism in policy and legislative work of the EU bodies and monitor EU equality and diversity initiatives;
(2) monitor the situation of groups at greater risk of racial discrimination and propose remedies and corrective measures to be taken by Member States; and
(3) consult and liaise with civil society organisations and representatives of ethnic, racial and religious minorities to enhance their participation in decision-making processes.

The intergroup would also support initiatives aimed at monitoring the implementation of instruments such as the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies and formulate adequate corrective measures when situations of violation occur.

Read the statement here:

Policy paper (update) on Roma inclusion open for members’ input

2 July 2014

Eurodiaconia is currently updating the policy paper on Roma inclusion. Members working with Roma are encouraged to give input on the paper. All member primary contact persons will be sent the document by email, but if you would like to be sent a copy to make amendments, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
The paper will also be discussed in October at the annual Roma Network meeting in Serbia. See here for more information about this meeting

Deadline for contributions 15 September 2014

Calendar of Roma related events and activities

24 June 2014

The Council of Europe has produced a calendar of Roma related events and activities across Europe. The events and activities are organised by Council of Europe bodies as well as international partners and NGOs. As well as a short description of the event, with the date and location, you will find an email address for the person responsible.

Download the calendar here

Improving the situation of Roma, CEC and CCEE press release

14 May 2014

Eurodiaconia recently attended a joint meeting organised by the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) on the theme “Improving the Situation of Roma People in Europe: Challenges and open questions”. The meeting was held under the auspices of the Greek Presidency of the European Union andtook place in Athens from 5-7 May.

The meeting was attended by the Deputy foreign minister of Greece Mr Kyriakos Gerontopoulos as well as the President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum who gave an overview of current concerns among Roma organisations in Europe in particular anti-zyganism and hate speech.

At the end of the meeting the participants adopted a communique highlighting that successful integration of Roma will require more than a project-centred strategy: it demands long-term commitment and a comprehensive approach to community development, participation and equality.

At the same time, they stressed the important role of churches in improving the situation of Roma in many parts of Europe: “local parishes provide the space for intercultural encounters between the different communities, fostering acceptance and trust”.

Please read the final communiqué attached.

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