Venice Declaration – Towards real inclusion


The Venice Declaration was born with the aim of promoting microfinance in Europe as an instrument for a safer and more sustainable community from a social and financial point of view. The idea behind the declaration was to produce a document that gathered together the common goals of the sector and that was signed by all those who concur with the message. On a major level, it aims to be a useful tool at both EU and national level as it will be available for the signatories, MFIs, banks and associations to use for promotion and awareness-raising purposes.

In order to keep the drafting process as inclusive and participatory as possible, we collected comments and suggestions by EMN members that have been included in the final declaration. During the two-day event in June, two committees were dedicated to further discussion and adjustments and the final version served as the basis for discussion during the high-level plenary on Friday morning. All parties who were in agreement were invited to sign the declaration.

The Venice Declaration was signed by 130 people from 19 different countries during the 14th EMN Annual Conference in Venice, Italy.

Read the full declaration here.

Find out more about the Venice Declaration and the 14th EMN Annual Conference here.