Associations are social economy actors. Associations share the values of democracy, the primacy of the individual and of social objectives over capital and are dedicated to their members and the general interest. Therefore, they distinguish themselves from commercial enterprises by the fact that they are not for profit orientated and that they aim at contributing to the general interest.
Associations are a place for expression and information. They do play different societal functions, such as provision of services, militant activities, assistance, integration and training. They answer needs expressed at all level thanks to their role as social actors; partners in the definition, implementation and follow up of public policies; partners of public authorities in their mission of services of general interest.
Therefore, associations assume a social role and are involved in the development of collective action, of local development, of sustainable development for the people, ensuring a real social productivity.
Associations are important players in the development of the European Union and no progress can occur without the construction of a social and political project for Europe without the participation of its citizens and social actors.
CEDAG - The European Council for non-profit organisations (Comité européen des associations d’intérêt général), is a network of non-profit organisations from across the EU member states. CEDAG aims to promote the recognition of the non-profit sector by the EU.
CEDAG is a member of SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE.