We are proud to announce that our application to join the European Commission's Group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises has been successful.
The European Commission's social business initiative (SBI), launched in 2011, set up a consultative multi-stakeholder group on social entrepreneurship to examine the progress of the measures envisaged in this Communication.
The SBI named the group 'Groupe d'experts de la Commission sur l'entrepreneuriat social' (GECES). It was set up for 6 years and included representatives from EU countries, local authorities, social entrepreneurs' organisations, the banking and finance sector, as well as the academic and university sector International organisations and third countries were represented as observers.
As one result of the GECES's work, they issued a report on social enterprises and the social economygoing forward on 14 October 2016, giving input to the Commission's communication on the start-up and scale-up initiative.
The communication recognised the potential of social economy and social enterprises for innovation and positive impact on the economy and society at large. The Communication announced further actions focusing on 5 pillars: access to finance, access to markets, better framework conditions, new technologies and social innovation, as well as the development of an international dimension.
To help the Commission implement these 5 pillars a new expert group was set up (Expert Group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises). The purpose of this new group is to discuss and agree on developing and strengthening activities related to the implementation of these 5 pillars.