How to Influence European Policy
The community and voluntary sector across Europe is difficult to define as the sector operates in vastly different ways from country to country. In 2011, a Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E.) was published as a result of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 Alliance. The results of this Policy Agenda are still being developed, but it is important reading for any organisation wanting to know more about the role and development of the community and voluntary sector across Europe.
How can a local organisation get involved?
To become involved at the international level, it is more important than ever for a local organisation to create a network and link up with national and international umbrella organisations working for the same cause, in order to have a voice. Check our link on how to get involved in impacting national decision making to learn more about this step.
Linking up with international organisations is also extremely important. In fact, it was the voice of 100 representatives from 39 European NGOs that convened and created the P.A.V.E. document, which now acts as a road-map for developing the community and voluntary sector role in the EU.
A few examples of international European membership organisations are:
- CEV European Volunteer Centre
- The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)
- The International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA)
- Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations
EU Public Policy affecting the community and voluntary sector is always changing, so in addition to linking up with membership groups and other networks, it is also important to keep an eye on developments in this area through the European Economic & Social Committee webpage.
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