During this year's edition of the Regional Conference, the delegates of Caritas Europa’s 48 member organisations made important decisions concerning structure and management of the organisation for the period 2011-2015.

Among others, the delegates decided on 2 June, to:

  • Re-elect Fr Erny Gillen as President of Caritas Europa
  • Ratify the election by the current Executive Board of Mr Jorge Nuño Mayer as the next Secretary General of Caritas Europa
  • Elect Caritas Belgium, Bulgaria, England and Wales, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Ukraine as members of the Executive Board for that period
  • Elect Caritas Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovenia as members of the Executive Committee of Caritas Internationalis

On 3 June, the delegates participated in three main thematic sessions on:

  • The "Zero Poverty" Campaign for the European Year 2010
  • What Caritas in Europe can contribute to the fight against poverty in Europe and in the world
  • Caritas political proposals for 2010-2020 (in the framework of "Europe 2020") and advocacy work

European Congress on Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010

By holding the European Congress on Poverty and Social Exclusion, Caritas Spain and the Caritas Europa network wished to contribute to the fight against poverty in Europe and in the world. 

The main political and institutional decision-makers of Spain and of the EU were invited to the congress, together with the delegates of Caritas Europa's member organisations and other civil society representatives. Participants shared analyses of poverty today and debated policy proposals for a future that affect us all: in Spain, in the European Union and in the world.

The final ('Presidency') session saw the presentation by Caritas Europa and Caritas Spain of two sets of political proposals for the period 2010-2020 to politicians and decision makers. You will find the proposals targeted at a European level audience here below.


The Caritas Europa Regional Conference and the European Congress on Poverty and Social Inclusion are supported by the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (2007-2013). The programme was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment and social affairs area, as set out in the Social Agenda, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Lisbon Strategy goals in these fields.

The seven-year Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-27, EFTA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries.

To that effect, PROGRESS purports at: providing analysis and policy advice on employment, social solidarity and gender equality policy areas; monitoring and reporting on the implementation of EU legislation and policies in employment, social solidarity and gender equality policy areas; promoting policy transfer, learning and support among Member States on EU objectives and priorities; and relaying the views of the stakeholders and society at large.

For more information see: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=327&langId=en