Access Europe Conference: The Role of Civil Society in Europe

On Friday 27 April, The Wheel will be bringing together civil society leaders and key stakeholders from across the island of Ireland for a very special event that is being organised in association with our partners, Early Years Northern Ireland.

This half-day conference celebrates the end of the Atlantic Philanthropies funded project Access Europe, the aim of which was to build the capacity of Irish civil society organisations to access EU funding. The conference will analyse the findings of the Access Europe project, stimulate engagement with key stakeholders, and spark discussion on possible future engagement in Europe, post-2020.

A number of speakers will participate in a series of talks and panels throughout the day, including: 

  • Lynn Boylan MEP 
  • Catherine Day, Former Secretary General of the European Commission
  • Hugh Quigley, Chairman of Access Europe and visiting Professor at the University of Ulster
  • Brian Harvey, Evaluator of Access Europe project 2014-2017
  • Siobhan Fitzpatrick, CEO of Early Years Northern Ireland
  • Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn from community and voluntary organisations that are already involved in EU funding through a showcase of successful projects, and explore the various funding opportunities available to the sector through a networking session featuring representatives from a variety of EU funding programmes. 

This event is intended for anyone with an interest in learning about the future of civil society in Europe, but especially CEOs, fundraisers, researchers, grant managers, and project officers. It takes place between 9.30am and 2pm in the Emmet Theatre in Trinity College Dublin. Lunch will be provided at 1pm. This event is free but registration is essential.

Click here to find out more about this event and book your place. 



TCD, Dublin 2

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