SEN #2 March 2020

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Towards a European action plan for the social economy

Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights

The European Commission is preparing an action plan for the social economy, to be launched this year. The plan will be aimed at improving social investment, supporting social economy organisations and social enterprises to start-up and scale their activities and their social impact, to innovate and create jobs. It will also draw on the unique characteristics of social economy organisations to ensure that the green and digital transitions leave no one behind, and that our communities strengthen their economic and social resilience.

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European Commission launches public consultation on the European Action Plan for the Social Economy

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the European Action Plan for the Social Economy, which will be adopted later this year. According to the consultation website, the social economy is the part of the economy « driven primarily by collective interests and social and environmental objectives ». The European Commission and Social Economy Europe encourage the social economy community to actively participate in this roadmap on the future of EU policies for the social economy. Proposals can also be made in any of the 24 official EU languages.

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Social Economy Europe proposals for an effective European Action Plan for the Social Economy

Social Economy Europe presents its policy paper Co-designing the Action Plan for the Social Economy: for an economy that works for people and the planet. SEE’s policy paper contains 7 areas of prioritary EU action to support the growth of the social economy and 51 concrete action proposals, all them aimed at achieving 3 major objectives. The first one is to mobilise social economy’s potential to contribute to the recovery and to economic and social progress of the EU.

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Last call for papers for the
‘VIII CIRIEC International Research Conference on Social Economy’ – San José, Costa Rica, September 2021

CIRIEC, the world reference centre for research and information on public, social and cooperative economy, invites you to the 8th International Research Conference on Social Economy, scheduled for 8-10 September 2021 in San José, Costa Rica. The event is organized by the new Costa Rican section of CIRIEC in close collaboration with CIRIEC-International and the national sections of CIRIEC. The overall theme of the Congress is ‘Social and Solidarity Economy and the Agenda 2030: inclusive and sustainable development through innovative social practices’. Researchers interested in presenting papers must send their proposal or a brief summary of their paper until 30th march 2021.

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Spain: 2nd University Week of Social Economy, March 4 to 12: 127 activities, in 26 universities

Centres, institutes and other university research structures in the Social Economy in Spain and internationally are holding the 2nd University Week of the Social Economy from 4 to 12 March. A total of 127 activities, in 26 universities, have been schedules for these days, completing a very broad and varied agenda of events, with the aim of raising awareness of the intense university teaching and research activity on the sector of cooperatives, worker-owned companies, mutual societies, social enterprises and the third sector.

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Social Economy Live

Italy: historic agreement between unions and coops to promote worker buyouts

On January 21st, Italian cooperative organisations Agci, Confcooperative, and Legacoop, signed a historical agreement with Italian trade union organizations Cgil, Cisl and Uil to promote the establishment and consolidation of cooperative worker buyouts.

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Public and Private Initiatives for Social Economy

France: Urgenc’ESS, a fund to help associations and small structures in SSE

The State Secretariat for Social, Solidarity and Responsible Economy has mobilised an emergency fund of €30 million for SSE structures with less than 10 employees hit by the crisis. The France Active association movement is the actor chosen to deploy it throughout France through a one-stop shop, accessible at

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Research and Studies
ICA Cooperative Research Conference and International Forum on Cooperative Law

Within the framework of the 33rd World Cooperative Congress, Seoul, November-December 2021, the ICA invites cooperative researchers, experts and practitioners to make submissions on the themes involving the Cooperative Identity. The deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals is 5 April 2021.

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CIRIEC World Conference in Latin America, 13-16 April 2021 – 100% virtual event

It will be the first 100% virtual event of CIRIEC, due to the pandemic. Centred on Latin America, a region of the planet in which there is great progress in the social and solidarity economy in recent years. A call for papers is available and the abstracts (300 words) are to be sent till March 15th. Abstracts and papers are accepted in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

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Special issue in FREE ACCESS of Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics on: “How do commons contribute to guarantee access to essential public goods and services »

Edited by Philippe Bance (University of The French Antilles, France) and Jérôme Schoenmaeckers (University of Liege, Belgium), this issue presents, through 7 articles and a prospective introductory paper, examples of practices, implementation modalities and topical issues concerning the access to essential public goods and services in various sectors (micro-credit, food systems, forests and pastures) and countries (in particular France, India, Italy, Romania).

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Social Economy Schedule

Digital road to Mannheim


Sustainable Consumption & Circular Economy

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Global Youth Forum: Cooperative Entrepreneurship

Event within the framework of the Partnership on international development signed between the International Cooperative Alliance and the European Commission (#coops4dev)
Kuching, Sawarak, Malaysia

25.03.2021 – 27.03.2021

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