Dubrovnik/Brussels (May 2004). – Delegates from Member Organisations gathered in Dubrovnik (Croatia) approved the Caritas Europa Strategy 2005-2010: To Live Solidarity and Partnership in Europe and in the World

A clear outcome of the Regional Conference was the determination of the Caritas network to work for Major emergencies around the world as well as forInternational Development and Peace.

Other priorities for the strategic period 2005-2010 are: 
-Social Inclusion and Social Cohesion
-Migrations, asylum, anti-trafficking and integration
-Support to member organisations and Internal networking
-Advocacy, Communications, External networking, Theological Reflection and Action

Following the Opening Speech of Denis Viénot, President of Caritas Europa, and the Message on behalf of Mons. Fouad El-Hage, President of Caritas Internationalis (read out by Marius Wanders), very much appreciated were the Keynote address by Roman Zvarych, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for European Integration of the Ukrainian Parliament, and the Keynote address by Msgr. Aldo Giordano, Secretary General of the Consilium Conferentiarum Episcoporum Europae (CCEE; St. Gallen, Switzerland). On the closing day, the Speech of Duncan MacLaren, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, offered a comprehensive overview of major challenges in International Cooperation. 

In the context of the European Regional Conference, the Caritas Europa report Poverty Has Faces in Europe. The Need For Family-Oriented Policies as well the exhibition Poverty Has Faces in Europe. Crossed Looks of Three European Photographers, were well received by press and public in Croatia. The report, which was launched in Brussels in February of this year, deals with a certain number of key social policies which affect families, particularly the poorest ones: taxation, welfare transfers, family benefits, employment, housing, education, and health.

Caritas Europa, Regional Conference, Croatia, 2004