In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic one million people in the EU have as of early April become unemployed, meaning that potentially 1 million households across the EU have been hit financially, and this doesn’t count those households hit differently due to reduced work and pay, as well the social problems that follow from this e.g. increased substance abuse, psychological issues that cannot be treated, and potentially suicides.
Several of the ECDN’s members were present during the former financial crisis of 2008 – 2009, a time which most of us remember and fear, we thus also know which great national and international challenges that we will face in the coming months and years, as well as the amount of people who will need our help to get back on their feet, both now during the pandemic, but also after the pandemic has ended.
To ensure that this time – at both a national and international level – we are ready as well as expertly prepared to handle this large volume of inquiries that will be in the next several months, if not next few years, we have therefore put together this expert group, consisting of some of the leading debt counseling models in the EU – who together will try to build the knowledge platform that will be needed to ensure that everyone gets the help which they need, and this especially important in relation to the countries that do not organized debt counseling yet – and therefore will need all of it the knowledge and tools they can get to have a fighting chance in their respective countries.
The purpose of the Expert Group will therefore – among other things – to be a resource of tools and ideas for current and future members looking to set up a debt counselling/advice service or for those set up looking for new ideas to develop and expand their current offering. In times like these, where things change every minute, we do not have time to make too many mistakes; we must work together, to help one another. We are stronger together!
The Work of the Expert Group will therefore consist of the collection and coordination of information about debt counselling / advice received from ECDN’s members and partners in the hope that we can help and improve our work and the work of both current and future members. The information will be presented on our website and serve as an inspiration on how debt advice could and should be done, and through this we can improve debt advice across Europe it would not only benefit our members, but also future organization working with debt advice, and of course the thousands of people who seek their help every year.
Members of the expert group will be all of the ECDN members that offer Debt advice organisations with best practice, quality standards, and live up to an ethics code of conduct as well as Debt advice organisations with desirable features.
IS YOUR ASSOCIATION WORKING WITH DEBT COUNSELING IN EUROPE?
Then we could really need your help in not only mapping where our national citizens still can get free debt counseling/advise (by phone / chat)around Europe, but also where you can’t get it – So that we together across borders can help each other through this task that lies ahead of us – both on a national and in international level. Please let us hear from you!