CEDAG is a network of non-profit organisations from across the EU member states. CEDAG's members are regional and national umbrella bodies for the non-profit sector; together they represent over 50,000 non-profit organisations with over 9 million individual members. The network was established in 1989 in order to provide a voice for the non-profit sector at European level on issues which are common to all the non-profit organisations.
Aims and Activities:
CEDAG considers that:
the non-profit organisation is a citizens's project, bearer of solidarity and increasing economic, social and territorial cohesion,
the activities of non-profit organisations are not only limited to the charitable mission of mending the deficiencies of the liberal economy. The development of non-profit projects are dynamics to be respected,
the economical involvement of non-profit organisations carries a different enterprise culture, social added value and participatory traditions.
Promote the recognition of the non-profit sector by the EU, in particular the economic contribution of non-profit organisations, their disinterested and democratic management approach, their general interest character and their services orientated towards people, and promote a legislative framework, including in terms of tax, helping the sector to develop;
Lobby for the right of the sector to be consulted on EU policies of interest to the sector;
Provide a forum for non-profit organisations across the EU to exchange examples of best practice in the non-profit sector;
Inform its members about any issues of interest for them at EU level, the current EU policy developments and funding opportunities relevant to the non-profit sector.
To develop its missions, CEDAG uses the following instruments:
- working groups - monthly newsletter - web site - organisation of seminars and conferences - publications