7 May 2019


With only a few weeks to go until the European elections on 23-26 May, a new study from the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) anticipates that 30% of the newly-elected MEPs will represent Eurosceptic parties. The study provides an analysis of what such a scenario would mean for the EU in terms of the rule of law, foreign and trade policy, social policy, migration and more generally the impact on the capability of the European Parliament to promote or hinder further developments of a free, competitive and multilateral-minded EU.

The joint DAFNE/EFC Philanthropy Advocacy initiative is holding a webinar that will put these issues into the context of philanthropy. Participants will discuss the ECFR study and analysis with experts and explore how the new European Parliament might impact European philanthropy as well as the legislative framework for philanthropy, namely the implementation of the European Philanthropy Manifesto.

This webinar is intended for foundations, civil society organisations, philanthropy support organisations and the wider public interested in European affairs.


  • Susanne Baumann, Project Director, Unlock Europe’s Majority, European Council on Foreign Relations: “What to expect from an EP with 30%+ Europe sceptical MEPs?”
  • Ludwig Forrest, King Baudouin Foundation: Analysing potential impact of such a scenario on the way foundations can work across Europe
  • Hanna Surmatz, EFC, Philanthropy Advocacy: Introducing the European Philanthropy Manifesto

The webinar will be moderated by Max von Abendroth, DAFNE, Philanthropy Advocacy

Please register here for this webinar.


About DAFNE:

DAFNE (Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe) is Europe’s largest network of donors and foundations associations. With 27 member associations with a collective membership of more than 10,000 foundations and grant-makers, DAFNE is a leading voice of European foundations. It underpins individual activities of its members by encouraging dialogue and collaboration between the national associations.

About EFC:

As a leading platform for philanthropy in Europe, the EFC (European Foundation Centre) works to strengthen the sector and make the case for institutional philanthropy as a formidable means of effecting change. Working closely with our members, a dynamic network of strategically-minded philanthropic organisations from more than 30 countries, we foster peer-learning; enhance collaboration; represent philanthropy for favourable policy and regulatory environments; build a solid evidence base through knowledge and intelligence; and raise the visibility of philanthropy’s value and impact.