REVES Excellence Award 2015: Congratulations to Mamas Retro (Gothenburg)!

Special mention to initiatives from Lithuania, Italy, France, Poland, Ireland and Sweden

Mamas Retro - a reuse initiative encouraging entrepreneurship among unemployed women and transgender persons with intellectual or neuropsychiatric disabilities - was selected winner of the REVES Excellence Award 2015 by an independent jury composed of representatives of the European Parliament (Social Economy Intergroup), the European Economic and Social Committee, the International Labour Organisation, the OECD and Social Economy Europe.

A special mention received the following initiatives:

-          Local Community Enterprise Support Network Lithuania

-          Pronto Badante, Tuscany Region, Italy

-          Crèche Mêli-Mêlo, City of Lille, France

-          Public-Private Partnership for EU Migrants, City of Gothenburg, Sweden

-          Phoenix Project, Cork County, Ireland

-          SOPOT Model of Social Economy, City of Sopot, Poland

The objective of the REVES Award 2015 was to identify and reward best working examples of general-interest-oriented partnership between public authorities and social and solidarity economy that is based on or produces measurable and replicable social innovation (including a direct involvement of citizens in design and realisation of actions).

The Award Ceremony took place in the framework of a European conference organised on 5 June 2015 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. Applicants for the REVES Excellence Award had the opportunity to present their projects to a European audience gathering approximately 90 delegates of local/regional social economy structures and local and regional authorities from different EU Member States as well as European and international institutions and organizations.

In total, REVES had received 38 applications from local/regional initiatives run in 11 EU Member States.

REVES thanks all participants and the jury members Antonella Noya, Ariane Rodert, Roberto Di Meglio, Jens Nilsson and Emmanuel Verny for all their commitment.

A handbook containing a detailed description of the winner and all other eligible applications will be published in the upcoming months and will be downloadable from this website.


  • Hopways (FRANCE, FR)
  • Forum SKILL (SWEDEN, SE)
  • JUNTS FEM BARRI: proceso participativo para la realización de actuaciones urbanísticas en gavá (SPAIN, ES)
  • Social economic marketing: territorial business and welfare in the community of the Cadore social cooperative (ITALY, IT)
  • Pronto Badante (ITALY, IT)
  • Local Community Enterprise Support Network (LITHUANIA, LT)
  • Social Teahouse in the frame of Varna European Youth Capital 2017 (BULGARIA, BG)
  • Sponsorship Class Action Coordinating EVS projects (FINLAND, FI)
  • LABORIOSAMENTE – Idee e azioni di pubblica utilità/LABORIOUSLY – Ideas and action of public utility (ITALY, IT)
  • Distretto Integrato di Economia Sociale – Area Marche Nord (DIES-MN), (ITALY, IT)
  • Academy of Life for young people with disabilities (POLAND, PL)
  • BEES coop. Cooperative Bruxelloise Ecologique Economique et Sociale (BELGIUM, BE)
  • LA SUBVENTION METIS® (Mobilisation et Engagement des Territoires pour l'Impact Sociétal), (FRANCE, FR)
  • Financité Microsaving Project (BELGIUM, BE)
  • WIN – Welfare d'iniziativa (ITALY, IT)
  • Escuela de Empresas Estrategias (Enterprise School Strategies), (SPAIN, ES)
  • Développement des initiatives porteuses de valeurs sociale et environnementale et de partenariat dans le domaine des activités de collecte, recyclage et réemploi (Development of promising initiatives of social and environmental value and partnership in the field of collection, recycling and reuse), (FRANCE, FR)
  • Tremplin vers l'emploi durable des jeunes (Bridges towards sustainable employment of young people), (FRANCE, FR)
  • Le Conseil de l'économie sociale et solidaire (ESS) (the Council of the Social and Solidarity-based Economy), (FRANCE, FR)
  • Creche Meli-Melo (FRANCE, FR)
  • Sceaux Valley®: un nouveau modèle de bien-être local (a new model for local well-being), (FRANCE, FR)
  • Fuoriclasse: un intervento di contrasto alla dispersione scolastica (ITALY, IT)
  • Media – Digital portal with European partners (FRANCE, FR)
  • A Voluntary Public Agreement for EU migrants who are temporarily staying in Gothenburg (SWEDEN, SE)
  • Collaborative networks – production, employment and local development (Redes Colaborativas – Produção, Emprego e Desenvolvimento Local), (PORTUGAL, PT)
  • The Sopot Model of Social Economy (POLAND, PL)
  • Les Invités au Festin (FRANCE, FR)
  • Strategic partnership with CSO/SE in development and implementation of social economy programs (CROATIA, HR)
  • Local development project around the three concepts of animation/training/insertion (FRANCE, FR)
  • D.O.P. – Darzo Opportunità Permanente (ITALY, IT)
  • Cité de l'Autre Economie (FRANCE, FR)
  • "Fabriques à initiatives" (FRANCE, FR)
  • The Phoenix Project (Community Mortgages to Social Rental) (IRELAND - IRL)
  • Develop physical activity within the outermost zones of the Pays de Gâtine (FRANCE - FR)


Public authorities and social economy fostering social innovation for the common good

The capacity of a society to successfully tackle current challenges is very much linked to the capacity of its different parts to stand together and to permanently readapt collective answers to ever changing needs.

Social economy plays a key role in this regard. This is due not at least to its large potential to mobilise and involve different members of local communities in defining their real needs and in developing appropriate responses that serve the general interest. An increasing number of actors, including policy-makers at different level, therefore consider the social economy an important partner. Moreover, partnership has become a main condition for the implementation of the new programming period of the European Structural and Investment Funds (Regulation 1303/2013, Art. 5).

 REVES supports, since 1996, the creation and strengthening of partnerships between the social economy and local/regional authorities, for a most fair, inclusive, participative and responsible society.

With the Award, the network would like to make this kind of alliance and its success more visible. At the same time, it aims to foster the emergence of new partnerships between these two actors.

After the huge success of the first edition of the REVES Award in 2013 with more than 60 applications, more than 200 participants in the award ceremony (June 2013, Brussels) and the presentation of the winners during a special event hosted by the MEP Jens Nilsson at the European Parliament, REVES decided to continue with the award on bi-annual basis.

The objective of the REVES Award 2015 is to identify and reward best working examples of general-interest-oriented partnership between public authorities and social and solidarity economy that is based on or produces measurable and replicable social innovation (including a direct involvement of citizens in design and realisation of actions), in  fields like:


  • shaping of new models of local welfare,
  • implementation of EU cohesion policy on the basis of genuine co-programming processes,
  • financial engineering to support sustainable community-development,
  • shaping new policies with and for youth,
  • fostering active (European) citizenship and fight against discrimination, racism and homophoby.

A specific category of the award will be dedicated to newly emerging partnerships (winners would then have to report on further developments in 2016).

A jury composed of representatives of European and International Institutions, European Social Economy organisations and REVES members (local/regional authorities and social economy from different EU Member States) will evaluate proposed experiences.

All introduced excellences will be collected in a yearbook. The first three experiences will receive the REVESEXCELLENCE2015 award and will be presented at the European Parliament in Brussels. Additionally, they will receive a status of Observer in the REVES network for six months.

 Candidatures can be submitted both by Regional and Local authorities or Social Economy and related organisations by 30 April 2015 at the latest using the   online submission . Eligible applicants will receive an invitation to present their practice during the award event in June 2015.





A special issue of the REVES newsletter on REVES EXCELLENCE AWARD!

The 7th of June 2013 was a remarkable day! 27 of the 40 applicants to the REVES EXCELLENCE AWARD 2013 gathered in the Lippens Auditorium, in the Belgian Royal Library, in Brussels to present their experiences of partnerships between public authorities and social economy organizations....


and the winner is....

An inspiring day of presentations and exchanges concluded the selection process of the REVES EXCELLENCE AWARD 2013. Some 28 partnerships between social economy and public authorities from 9 different countries presented their experiences.

“All the experiences deserve a mention”, was the conclusion of the jury composed of Jan Olsson and Philippe Chesneau (Co-Presidents of REVES), Antonella Noya (from OECD-LEED programme), Jens Nilsson (from European Parliament), Marcel Smeets (from Social Economy Europe, rep. also Alan Coheur) and Carmen Arroyo de Sande (from European Foundation Centre, rep. also Miguel Angel Cabra de Luna), “as all of them have shown an amazing capacity to find innovative and tailored solutions to often common issues”.

Nevertheless, special thematic mentions for the REVES EXCELLENCE 2013 were awarded to: Zeybu Solidaire (FR), Global Grant Exprit3 (IT), REALIS Languedoc-Roussillon (FR), Social Enterprise Incubator of Silesia (PL) and Pluss Future Clean (UK).

Next step will be the publication of REVES EXCELLENCE YEARBOOK 2013, presenting all the selected experiences (check them on the REVES EXCELLENCE WEBSITE!) and the presentation of the European Parliament during the autumn: don’t miss it!