On March 12, 2020, Valentina Tageo (WISE CEO) and Carina Dantas (SHINE 2Europe CEO) were officially invited to attend the Diversity Group Conference of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC):

“Civil Society Organisations during and after COVID-19: what challenges and what future?” 

The event brought together key institutional players from EESC, the European Commission, the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Due to the enduring consequences of COVID-19, the event was held in a hybrid format (See also the link to the programme).

The two consulting offices were jointly responsible for the development of the commissioned study “The response of civil society organisations to the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent restrictive measures adopted in Europe“, whose link is now available both on our website and on the official web of EESC. An additional link was provided for the following “Catalogue of Good Practices from CSOs in facing COVID-19” 

During the event, Valentina and Carina presented the study’s main findings and recommendations. According to the results, key topics for the future of CSOs include the lack of sustainable funding, legal frameworks and adequate resources and skillsets. These issues will require future reflection and bold political decisions to ensure that CSOs’ capacities are maintained and strengthened in the post-COVID-19 recovery phase. The EESC study also came with a collection of the myriad of  successful CSOs initiatives in response to the pandemic.

Wise Angle was proud to have participated in the event and to have contributed to fundamental debates associated to the resilience and contribution of CSOs to the modern European Union.


The WISE team