Our member Diakonie Germany has just published the English version of its “Charter for a Social Europe”. The original document in German – “Diakonie-Charta für ein Soziales Europa” – was released last year and contains a vision of Social Europe with diaconal actors as key advocates to social goals.   

Based on Diakonie Germany convincement of the necessity of a strong common social commitment for the future of the European Union, the social policy paper is aimed at stimulating exchange and reflection among the local diaconal actors with other welfare organizations.

The Charter offers a picture of social conditions in the EU and the main challenges associated to these. The Charter also puts forward several proposals to address such challenges, including:

  • Re-balancing of social priorities over internal market ones
  • Increased social investment
  • Improving the chances of young people in the job market
  • Stronger EU funding to underpin solidarity across the EU
  • Strong role of civil society to bring forward social rights in the EU
  • Promotion of upward convergence and minimum social standards.

Diakonie Germany is the charitable organisation of Germany’s Protestant churches and with its work includes approximately 28,100 care centres (nursing homes, hospitals, community outreach and welfare centres), 545,500 places in child care services, 171,000 places in elderly care and 153,000 places in disabled care services as well as 450,000 full or part-time employees and 700,000 volunteers.

To learn more about the “Charter for a Social Europe” by Diakonie Germany, please read the complete publication.

To know more about Diakonie Germany, please visit their new website.