European Professionals Network (EPN) is a Brussels-based civil society organization founded in 2009 to provide professionals in Belgium with services to foster career development, awareness raising, network building, and social enrichment by implementing projects on national and European level. It aims to contribute not only to the career development of high-skilled people but also preparing young people for professional life. EPN acknowledges that people in professional life not only need to increase their competencies for better career opportunities in the future but also equally be keen on their personal and social empowerment by actively participating in the society they live. We believe that values such as democratic participation, active citizenship, and constructive engagement are extremely important for professionals as they are generally assumed to be the brains of societies thanks to their knowledge, expertise and other distinguished competences. EPN’s Board Committee is composed of 19 members being professionals from different sectors in Belgium. Indeed, EPN gathers together 7 sub-platforms organized according to the expertise areas. The platforms function as a semi-independent entity that represents a hub among professionals working in different sectors where they come together to discuss some issues of common concern and undertake projects and activities accordingly. Furthermore, EPN is member of Fedactio (Federation of Active Associations in Belgium) and Unitee (New European Business Confederation) Confederations and involved in the activities that they conduct. As a result of several years of activity, EPN has today a large network of individuals and civil society organizations both at national and European levels to promote projects and disseminate project’s results.
During the last years, EPN have organized numerous seminars, workshops, discussions, 3 panels and roundtables on the issues of leadership, career development and employment and tackled the crucial social issues such as education, integration and diversity