Non-profit associations and organisations

aclap

Accueil et Aide aux Personnes Agées
→ www.aclap.org

age

AGE Plateforme – Coordination France
→ www.age-platform.eu/fr

armee_du_salut

Armée du Salut
→ www.armeedusalut.fr

The Salvation Army Foundation has been working on a European level for many years. It leads and develops European projects to encourage the participation of the people it works with in its organisationsand to produce and evaluate public policies relating to them. It plays an active role in the French EAPN (European Anti Poverty Network) of which it is the current president. It collaborated with Le Secours Catholique during the previous European elections in 2009 on tools for people experiencing hardship, notably by producing a European passport and a CD-ROM to raise awareness. The foundation is keen to be involved again in this initiative to promote European citizenship for all.

babelea

Babelea

Migrants are in Europe, they live and work here, but many of them live in difficult circumstances or are excluded.Since they take part in the life of the communities which make up Europe, it seems logicalthat they should play a role in its social and political construction, in particular through the right to vote in local elections.

The tools developed within the framework of our inter-association initiative will enable them as vulnerable people to understand the role they can play and the types of leverage they can exertto build a more social and supportive Europe.

Furthermore, the relationships forged with the general public will change the way in which migrants are viewed, and interaction with candidates for the European elections will allow them to register their needs on the political agenda.

Babelea therefore believes that this initiativeoffers a perfect opportunitytopromote the integration of migrant populations in Europesince it strengthens the bonds between these people and European institutions. Babelea is taking this opportunity to stress the importance ofsocial interpretingas the primary tool for this integration. The inability to speak the language of the host country is still the biggest obstacle to effective participation of migrants both in terms of their dignityand of their contribution to the activities of their country of residence.

caritas_europa

Caritas Europa
→ www.caritas-europa.org

caritas_luxembourg

Caritas Luxembourg
→ www.caritas.lu

For20 years theCaritas Luxembourg Foundation has been working with migrants and refugees seeking protection in Luxembourg. In this respect, the foundation has become a major player in Luxembourg society on all issues relating to the protection of migrants. Luxembourg has not been spared the effects of the economic crisis and a recent study on poverty in Luxembourg showed thatpeople born outside the country were the worst affected. Under these circumstances, the Caritas Luxembourg Foundation was naturallykeento get involved in constructive interaction, to gain a better understandingand enhance its wealth of experience so that it can then pass it on tothe people to whom it is committed. Caritas is now focusing its fight against all forms of poverty inLuxembourg and is working to achieve the successful integrationof people from abroad in order to maintain good social cohesion.

cnape

Convention Nationale des Associations de Protection de l’Enfant
→ www.cnape.fr

CFR

Confédération Française des Retraités
→ www.retraite-cfr.fr

etz

Esclavage Tolérance Zéro
→ www.esclavage-stop.org

Throughout the world, men women and children are exploited by other people. Europe is no exception and isboth the country of origin and the destinationfor victims. This is an unacceptable practice and every European citizen has apart to play. Together, we can enforce existing legislation and protect victims.

centres_sociaux

Fédération des Centres Sociaux et Socioculturels de France
→ www.centres-sociaux.asso.fr

The Fédération des Centres Sociaux et Socioculturels de France (French Federation of Community and Recreation Centres) would like to be involved in the initiative “Making Europe more social and supportive: it does concern me! Europe is about us!” so that all community centres can play an active part at a local level with local residents in building a more social and supportive Europe.

 

fnar

Fédération Nationale des Associations de Retraités
→ www.fnar.info

The economic and financial crisis which has been affecting the European Union for several years means that it is essential to cut budget deficitsand public debt, with significant consequences for the life of citizens. It is therefore more important than everto take social progress into consideration more effectively in the European agenda for 2020. This why the FNAR and UFRfederations, which work on behalf of retired people and the elderly, support the “Making Europe more social and supportive” initiative during the European Year of Citizens. Our members must feel that“Europe is about us!”applies to them.

fnasatr

Fédération nationale des associations solidaires d’action avec les Tsiganes et les Gens du voyage
→ www.fnasat.asso.fr

fnars

Fédération nationale des associations d’accueil et de réinsertion sociale
→ www.fnars.org

In 1974, Pierre Mendès-France said that aiming to create a liberal Europe based solely on competition would be an aberration. What is the position today? The European project, which rose from the ruins of World War Two and aimed to unite all people, has developed in a space which is primarily economic and competitive, to the detriment of a social and supportive Europe. The gap which has opened up between European institutions and the peopleis getting wider every year.FNARS has been committed for many years to active citizen participation at a local, national and European level of people living in difficult circumstances. European Union citizens mustreclaim the European project, take part in the democratic debate, and this is all the more relevant for people living in difficult circumstanceswho are excludedfrom it and yet who have a great deal to say.

france_benevolat

France Bénévolat
→ www.francebenevolat.org
www.cev.be

France Bénévolat (www.francebenevolat.org) aims to promote and raise the profile of volunteering in the non-profit sector. Ourassociation is a member of the European Volunteer Centre, CEV, (www.cev.be) a European organisation which brings together volunteer centres and volunteers throughout Europe. For our two organisations, the issue of European citizenship is crucial. Although not all citizens are volunteers, all our volunteers are active citizens. Volunteering, the epitome of commitment to solidarity, is always a citizen activity.

grand_parrains

Grands Parrains
→ www.grandsparrains.fr

laCimade

La Cimade
→ www.lacimade.org

les_petite_freres

Les petits frères des pauvres
→ www.petitsfreres.asso.fr

maison_europe_paris

Maison de l’Europe de Paris
→ www.paris-europe.eu

La Maison de l’Europe de Paris is a non-profit association which strives to bring European citizens together by providing initiatives to raise awarenessof European issues. The MEP, whichis open to the public, makes the necessary resources available to citizensto familiarise themselves with European issues and offers information sessions.In this way, it seeks tosupport the Secours Catholique citizen initiative“Making Europe more social and supportive: it does concern me! Europe is about us!” and get involved.

mauvement_chretiens_retraite

Mouvement Chrétien des Retraités
→ mcr.asso.fr

mouvement_europeen

Mouvement Européen-France
→ www.mouvement-europeen.eu

The Mouvement Européen-France is taking part in the initiative “Making Europe more social and supportive: it does concern me! Europe is about us!”because its aim isto be a non-profitassociation with a role to educate the general public about Europe. The social sphere is a fundamental aspect of European society and it is important for citizens to have access to information about European Union and Member State initiatives in this area. The educational resources produced as part of this initiative will be disseminated across the whole of France through the Movement’s network after the event in mid-November..

EAPN

Réseau européen anti-pauvreté France
→ www.eapn.eu/fr

EAPN France is supporting the initiative “Making Europe more social and supportive: it does concern me! Europe is about us!”. The French branch of the European Anti Poverty Network, recognises its own values in this initiative to encourage citizens to get actively involved in the Europeanelections in May 2014 sinceEurope is increasingly taking on board the concerns of the anti poverty campaign – integration into the labour market,housing, and reinforced and enhanced social welfare.

Europemust also be identified as an institution which offers practical solutionsto the daily difficulties experienced by people, which protects and supports themin times of trial and is buildinga Europecharacterised by growth from which they will reap genuine benefits. These ideas are also supported by the European Anti Poverty Network which brings together 27 national networks. These ideas were upheld at the EAPN Europe press conferenceheld on 1 October 2013 in Brussels in the presence of representatives of the main European parties.

smes_europa

Santé mentale et exclusion sociale – Europa
→ www.smes-europa.org

secours_catholique

Secours Catholique – Caritas France
→ www.secours-catholique.org

Since its creation in 1946, Secours Catholique works to fight against poverty and social exclusions. Thus, since the growth of the European Union and of its competencies, Secours Catholique is naturally interested by this angle of attack to pass its messages which come from the voice of people experiencing poverty, to defend its values and to try to build a more social and supportive Europe. The approach “For a more social and supportive Europe, it does concern me! Europe is about us!” in which Secours Catholique participates actively is born from this context.

retraites_UFR

Union Française des Retraités
→ www.retraites-ufr.com

The economic and financial crisis which has been affecting the European Union for several years means that it is essential to cut budget deficits and public debt with significant consequences for the life of citizens. It is therefore more important than everto take social progress into consideration more effectively in the European agenda for 2020. This why the FNAR and UFRfederations, which work on behalf or retired people and the elderly, support the “Making Europe more social and supportive” initiative during the European Year of Citizens. Our members must feel that“Europe is about us!” applies to them.

uniops

Union nationale interfédérale des œuvres et organismes privés non lucratifs sanitaires et sociaux
→ www.uniopss.asso.fr

universite_catho_lille

Université Catholique de Lille
→ www.univ-catholille.fr

Going beyond the traditional university activitiesof education, research and serving society,the Université Catholique de Lille is keen to be open to its surroundings and the world and to be an agent for change.

The university’s aimsare organised around six themes:

placing students at the heart of its projects

educating them fullyandproviding support for them to draw up and develop their personal and professional plans

being open to the City, the Region and the World

making a commitment to serving society through solidarity initiatives and international cooperation

driving economic development, on a regional scale in particular

being a forum for meaningful research and debate on cultural diversity.

Values of pro-European humanism are deeply rooted in the ethos of the Université Catholique de Lille,which is keen to get involved with Caritas and other French and European NGOs in this initiative to promote a more social and supportive Europe.