The Confederation of European Senior Expert Services, known as CESES, is an international not-for-profit association of 18 organisations from the member states of the European Union. The first such legal entity of its kind in Europe, it encompasses the skills of over 25,000 volunteers. Combining the vast resources of these organisations, CESES offers professional, voluntary, short-term assistance and advice to enterprises and institutions.
CESES was founded in 2000 and since then has grown to the most important European-wide grouping of experienced volunteers, encompassing the skills and expertise of over 25,000 experts, covering all sectors of the economy, and who make themselves available for our European and overseas, voluntary, assignments.
CESES members each bring unique people, expertise and sector knowledge to the table, herewith combining resources and strengths of senior expert organizations, who for many years have successfully worked on advisory assignments in Europe and worldwide.
We believe intergenerational cooperation and sharing of expertise enrich our society and raise living standards in Europe and in the developing world, thereby also fostering international trade relations with Europe.
CESES assignments in Europe focus on intergenerational projects to share experiences, our assignments outside of Europe cover education, health, non-profit organisations, small and medium-size enterprises, industry and agricultural associations, and cooperatives in developing economies and economies in transition. As we concentrate specifically on these sectors and enterprises, CESES not only avoids overlapping with other aid organisations, but supports a clientele which to date has fallen between established commercial and humanitarian aid projects. We are proudly unique in our structure, motivation, and expertise.
The Confederation of European Senior Expert Services in primarily financed through the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union through the Senior Experts Nurturing Talent 2023-2026 Framework Partnership. The projects and assignment activities undertaken by our membership are financed by contributions from clients, wherever possible, and sponsors (business and private), as well as public funding from governments and international institutions. We thank the public and private sponsors for their support in co-financing projects when the beneficiaries are not in a position to financially support themselves.