European Council of Associations of General Interest (CEDAG)

CEDAG was founded in 1989 to provide a voice for the associative sector in Europe.

Over its twenty year history, its name has evolved to better reflect the objectives of its growing membership, and it is now known as the European Council for Non Profit Organisations.

Non profit organisations make a huge impact in improving the lives of citizens across Europe in fields as diverse as elder care, protection of the environment, cultural activities, health and consumer protection, tourism, anti discrimination, youth and sport and many more. Their contribution to the European economy in terms of GDP, job creation, innovation and training is significant.

CEDAG’s main mission is to defend and promote the interests of this diverse and multifaceted sector in decision making at the European level, and to support its civil society at national level with information and advice, and activities to strengthen the community of non-profit organisations across countries and across borders. As a result, a major focus of our work is advocating for civil dialogue to be established and practiced by public authorities across Europe.

CEDAG’s works towards a vision of a pluralist society, where participatory democracy and active citizenship help to bridge the legitimacy gap between decision makers and citizens which is increasingly apparent in modern representative democracies, not least the EU. We are supported by financial contributions from members, and through project work. CEDAG is an independent, organisation and is not affiliated to any political party or ideology, trade union, religious belief or any public or private body.

CEDAG’s membership covers a majority of EU Member States, and extends beyond the borders of the EU. Its vocation is to respond to the needs of civil society, and is therefore not bounded by political borders. It welcomes and supports members from across the European continent.

CEDAG takes a leading role in this debate and works closely with its strategic partners to promote the opening up the public private dichotomy for a more efficient social market economy. Much of our advocacy work with the EU institutions is focused on this question, giving decision makers concrete arguments why, in the interest of the European citizens and the European economy, they should take account of specificities of non-profit organisations and associations, and make sure that policies do not put them at a competitive disadvantage.

Contact details:

Address: Rue du Congrès 37

1000 Brussels, Belgium




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