The CARE International representation office in Brussels works to ensure that CARE’s expertise and advocacy priorities are represented at the European Union (EU) institutions. The office works closely with Members of the European Parliament to influence key decision making processes, as well as with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission (EC), in particular the International Cooperation and Development department (DEVCO), which designs and implements the EU’s international cooperation and development policy, and the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), which provides emergency assistance to victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts.
In addition, CARE engages with EU Member States, both at the capital level and in Brussels, via meetings with Permanent Representations and members of relevant Council Working Groups.
CARE’s engagement with EU institutions is both bilateral and through informal and formal NGO coalitions and networks, based on common advocacy objectives. CARE International is a member of CONCORD (European NGO confederation for relief and development), VOICE (Network representing European NGOs working in Emergencies), and a partner of Crisis Action.
In addition to its advocacy work, the CI EU office also serves as an information and coordination point within CARE on EC funding opportunities, grant compliance and capacity building to strengthen the effectiveness of CARE’s EC contract management and audit preparedness.
Key priorities for CARE International’s advocacy work at EU-level include gender equality and women’s empowerment in EU external action, gender in emergencies, humanitarian crises, climate change and migration.