What is ENSIS ?

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The European Network for Social Innovation and Solidarity (ENSIS) is a non-profit organisation (registered under German law as an AISBL, with an address in Brussels) created by grass-root initiatives of the social sector. It was officially registered in 2013 in Lüneburg although


ENSIS objective is to stimulate development of a coherent social policy in Europe, based on social innovation and solidarity, by empowering social organizations.


ENSIS brings together local, regional, national and Europe-wide organisations within the social sector (whether professionally-staffed or based on volunteers) as well as not for profit initiatives, committed to a collective solidarity and wishing to develop a social Europe through programmes of social innovation. Individuals can support ENSIS’ ideas by becoming associate members. Today it covers 7 EU countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy and United Kingdom) and comprises members of various sizes and types.


A visibility of political ideas: Social sector organisations within ENSIS wish to give visibility on the European stage to their policy proposals – which are directed towards a social Europe firmly based on solidarity.

Exchange of good practice: ENSIS members wish to share their experience through specific examples of good practice -and to promote innovative actions based on solidarity, through common projects. Notably this includes coordinating the implementation of EU-funded projects on behalf of member organisations.

Solidarity activities: ENSIS wishes to bring about a social Europe based on solidarity – through projects in common with other networks, through civil society initiatives, together with trade unions and supporters of our network.


We are close connected with

European Social Services Union
Europabeirat ver.di Germany