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EU Networks and Platforms

January 8th 2012

The Social platform

The Platform of European Social NGOs (Social Platform) is the alliance of representative European federations and networks of non-governmental organisations active in the social sector.

AGE-Platform Europe

AGE, the European older people’s platform, represents and promotes the interests of older people in the European Union and raises awareness of the issues that concern them the most.

The European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN)

The EAPN is an independant network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and groups involved in the fight against poverty and social exclusion in the Member States of the European Union.

The European Disability Forum - EDF

The European Disability Forum (EDF) is a European umbrella organisation representing more than 50 million disabled people in Europe. Its mission is to ensure disabled citizens have full access to fundamental and human rights through their active involvement in policy development and implementation in the European Union.

The European Network Against Racism - ENAR

ENAR is a network of European NGOs working to combat racism in all EU member states. ENAR aims to fight racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, to promote equality of treatment between EU citizens and third country nationals, and to link local/regional/national initiatives with European initiatives.

The European Roma Information Office - ERIO

ERIO is an international advocacy organisation which promotes political and public discussion on Roma issues by providing factual and in-dept information on a range of policy issues to the European Union institutions, Roma civil organisations, governmental authorities and intergovernmental bodies.

European Women’s Lobby- EWL

The European Women’s Lobby is the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union. The EWL Secretariat is based in Brussels, but the EWL has member organisations in 25 Member States of the EU. The European Women’s Lobby aims to promote women’s rights and equality between women and men in the European Union

The European Youth Forum - YJF

The European Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in the shaping of Europe and the societies in which they live, and in improving the living conditions of young people as European citizens in today’s world. The European Youth Forum defends the interests of all young people in Europe.


The European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) is a non-governmental umbrella organisation that represents its members, principally organisations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, at the European level.

The European Trade Union Confederation - ETUC

The ETUC promotes the interests of working people at European level and to represent them in the EU institutions.

Business Europe

Former UNICE, Business Europe is the Confederation of European Business. Their members are the central national business federations of the 34 countries they represent.

The European Association of Craft, Small and Medium Size Enterprises - UEAPME

UEAPME is the employer’s organisation representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level. This European SME umbrella organisation incorporates 85 member organisations consisting of national cross-sectorial SME federations, European branch federations and other associate members, which support the SME family.

Other European networks and think tanks

Black European Women’s Council

Caritas Europa

CECOP European Confederation of Cooperatives and Worker-Owened Enterprises Active in Industry and Services

CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe

COFACE - Confederation of family organisations in the European Union

Equality and Diversity Forum (UK NGO network)

Eurochild - Promoting the Welfare and Rights of Children and Young People


European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law


European Federation for Street Children - EFSC

European Foundation Centre - EFC

European Microfinance Network - EMN

European Migration Network - EMN

European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field

European Social Network - ESN

FEANTSA - European Federation of national organisations working with the homeless

ICARE - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe

IMISCOE International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion

INTERIGHTS - The International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights

ISCA - International Sport and Culture Association

Mental Health Europe - MHE

Migration Policy Group - MPG

PICUM - Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants

Solidar - European network of NGOs working together to advance social justice in Europe and World Wide

Transgender Europe - TGEU

Youth for Exchange and Understanding International