The Brussels-based Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) and the European Foundation Centre (EFC) have announced their support for the European Economic and Social Committee's (EESC) adoption of an opinion promoting the philanthropic sector.
Entitled "European philanthropy: an untapped potential," the opinion was requested by the EU presidency, currently held by Romania, which called on member states to establish an enabling environment for philanthropy in line with EU freedoms and fundamental rights, recognize the added value that philanthropy can contribute, and promote philanthropy as a form of social commitment. The opinion calls for creating an environment that is conducive to philanthropic and citizen action, private giving to public causes, and the creation of philanthropic organizations, as well as ensuring that national and EU security measures are risk-based, proportionate, and evidence-based.
"The vote at the EESC marks a significant milestone for our sector," said EFC chief executive Gerry Salole. "We are pleased that European philanthropy is getting this kind of recognition, and we look forward to tapping our full potential, which will mean that we can play even more of a role in tackling the critical challenges societies face today."
"It is encouraging to see that the EESC is acknowledging the important role philanthropy plays in building citizens' engagement around topics going to the core of our society today, such as indignation at injustice, care for the most vulnerable, compassion, aspirations for an innovative future, and the responsibility for preserving valuable nature and culture," said DAFNE executive director Max von Abendroth. "The EESC's call to ensure the application of the EU's single market principle to philanthropy is crucial to allow philanthropy to unlock its full potential."