SOLIDAR is a European and worldwide network of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide. With over 60 member organisations based in 29 countries (24 of which are EU countries), member organisations are national CSOs in Europe, as well as some non-EU and EU-wide organisations, working in one or more of our fields of activity.
The network is brought together by its shared values of solidarity, equality and participation.
SOLIDAR voices the concerns of its member organisations to the EU and international insitutions by carrying out active lobbying, project management and coordination, policy monitoring and awareness-raising across its different policy areas.
SOLIDAR works in cooperation with progressive civil society, labour movement organisations and progressive parties. SOLIDAR is a member of the SOCIAL PLATFORM (the European platform of social NGOs), CONCORD (EU NGO Confederation for Relief and Development) and the Lifelong Learning Platform (European Civil Society for Education).
All full member organisations can attend the Annual General Assembly and possess one full vote each; affiliate members are also invited to attend in an advisory capacity. The last SOLIDAR Annual General Assembly was held on 20th June 2019.
Board members are representatives of SOLIDAR full members who are appointed by the Annual General Assembly. The Board meets at least three times a year. Board members are voted in for a period of three years. The whole Board was appointed at the SOLIDAR Annual General Assembly 2019 for the period 2019-2020:
Francisca Sauquillo - Movimiento por la Paz - MPDL, Spain
Sergio Bassoli - CGIL, Italy
Oonagh Aitken - Volunteering Matters, UK
Carles Casajuana - Alianza por la Solidaridad, Spain
Horst Dreimann - International Bund, Germany
Jean-Michel Ducomte, La Ligue de l’enseignement, France
Claus Larsen Jensen, Forum for International Cooperation, Denmark
Isabelle Palanchon, CEMEA, France
Francesca Chiavacci, ARCI, Italy
Zuzana Schreiberova, Multicultural Center Prague, Czech Republic
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The organisation’s activities are coordinated by a Secretariat in Brussels which is headed by the Secretary General.
The Secretary General acts as the link between the General Assembly, the Board of Directors and the Secretariat. He is responsible for the management of the Secretariat and represents SOLIDAR and its values externally. Currently, Mikael Leyi holds this position since May 2020.
SOLIDAR members meet at Committees (Social Affairs, International Cooperation and Education), Working Groups (Cooperation in the Field and ad hoc) as well as around projects. Participation is open to all full and affiliated members and committees meet 3-4 times a year.
SOLIDAR was founded in 1948 to encourage international cooperation between social aid organisations connected to the labour movement. First know as International Workers’ Aid the organisation set up its headquarters in Brussels in 1995 and was renamed SOLIDAR. A detailed description of SOLIDAR’s history can be found in the publication ‘SOLIDAR, history of a movement’ (published in 2008).