Event Details

Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Philanthropy House
Rue Royale 94,
Brussels, Belgium
9.30am – 17.00pm

Event Description

This one day seminar on the theme “Emerging Observations and Discussion Groups on Opportunities for Third Sector Participation in EU Policy Making” will present and discuss findings so far and invites stakeholders to contribute to the identification of barriers of third sector impact and participation at European level. It is the second TSI event in Brussels, following the first stakeholder seminar in October 2014 where TSI gathered the input of third sector networks and EU policy makers on impact and challenges at EU-level. Since then the prioirities of the new Commission have become clearer and it is time for high level dialogue between leading researchers and practitioners.

9.30 – 11.00       

Introductory Session: Europe of citizens? Research and policy challenges emerging from TSI

Welcome and overview of the TSI project
Bernard Enjolras

TSI consensual definition of the third sector and consequences for measurement
Lester Salamon

The challenge of measuring third sector impact: State of the art and TSI’s contribution
Karl Henrik Sivesind

The endangered sector. Factors of risk emerging on national and European levels
Annette Zimmer

 11.00 – 11.30

Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00

Panel Discussion: Integrating research results on third sector impact towards a policy tool

Panel and open discussion with third sector, policy and research representatives:
Marthe Nyssens
Professor at the Department of Economics of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
Antonella Noya
Senior Policy Analyst and Manager of the OECD/LEED Forum on Social Innovation, Paris
Ariane Rodert
European Economic and Social Committee, President of the Social Entrepreneurship Project


Lunch break


TSI Discussion Groups: Third sector policy participation – fragmentation or consolidation?

Questions for the discussion:

  • How do new developments change the position of the third sector at the European level?
  • What are the most effective ways for third sector organizations to collaborate and form alliances at the European level?

We will discuss the findings of the research project with the third sector community. The discussion will provide ample possibilities to all participants to provide input and set priorities for the final recommendations of the project.


Tea and final remarks

Invited paticipants can sign up for this event online.


 Presentation Lester Salomon: Measuring the third sector in Europe: Why should stakeholders care?