European Social Economy Summit – one day to go! Join the discussions in our workshops!

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Registration for the Social Economy event of the year, the European Social Economy Summit, is still open and free! Click here for more information.

We will be happy to welcome you for the following sessions, co-organised by REVES:

The contribution of social economy to the achievements of ESF objectives: an untapped potential – 26 May, 11.30 am-1.00 pm

Starting from the analysis of the difficulties that social economy enterprises have encountered in accessing and implementing ESF funds, the workshop will debate the opportunities that sustainable development partnerships, simplification and legal and regulatory frameworks offer to untap the full potential of social economy in contributing to ESF objectives. The session will then discuss social economy in the new programming period under ESF+.


  • Leda Stott, Partnership and Sustainable Development Specialist (ES)
  • Cristiana Avenali, Specialist from Latium Region (IT)
  • Luigi Martignetti, Secretary General, REVES
  • Luca Santin, Simplification expert (IT)
  • Valentina Caimi, Head of Employment, Entrepreneurship and Inclusion Unit, AEIDL (BE)
  • Piotr Krasuski, Director of the ESF Department, Ministry for Regional Policy (PL)
  • Jan Olsson, President, REVES

Tapping on the potential of the social economy to make socially responsible public procurement work  – 27 May, 11.30 am-1.00 pm

Public procurement is an important instrument for public authorities to achieve policy objectives. Drawing on their social aim, the social economy can maximize the impact of public procurement policies and procedures. This workshop will encourage dialogue between contracting authorities and the social economy to share experiences, mainstream support structures and explore innovative approaches to make SRPP work.

The session has three thematic focuses:

  1. Delivering quality social services through an increased collaboration with the social economy within public procurement rules;
  1. Promoting the integration of disadvantaged persons through reserved contracts and employment clauses;
  2. Innovation in public procurement to fully bring out its social potential.


  • Ms Valentina Caimi (AEIDL)
  • Mr Massimo Molgora, Municipality of Brescia (IT)
  • Anna Ciutat Coronado, Deputy Director General for Regulation and Supervision of Public Procurement, Directorate General for Public Procurement, Generalitat de Catalunya (ES)
  • Ms Angelika Marning, Development Consultant Rummelig imidt (DE)
  • Jenny Mehlitz, Attorney at Law GSK-Stockmann (DE)
  • Ms Marie Boscher (DG GROW)

Platform cooperatives and their fundamental role in the context of recovery – Towards a people and planet-oriented digital transition in Europe – 27 May, 3.00 pm-4.30 pm

The Covid-related lockdowns have proven that territories need digital tools facilitating cooperation and mutualization.

Platformcoops are digital actors who differentiate themselves through values and practices inspired by Social Economy:

  • democratic governance,
  • fair sharing of the created value,
  • particular care for users’ wellbeing – especially workers,
  • ethical use of data,
  • cooperation and mutualization between projects.

This workshop explores platformcoops as a critical lever to foster resilience and cooperation in and between European territories. It will investigate four main challenges for the dissemination of alternative platforms, based on the experience of four main field actors :

  • How platform cooperatives ensure good working conditions to platform workers ? The example of Urbike (Logistics, Belgium)
  • How platform cooperatives ensure that the data produced by the activities benefits the territories where they belong ? The example of Mobicoop (Car-pooling, France)
  • How platform cooperatives ensure that the economic value generated by the activities benefits all local stakeholders ? The example of Fairbnb (Tourism, Italy)
  • How open source technologies can provide easily scalable solutions for local resilience ? The example of the Open Food Network (local food systems, global)


  • Nicole Alix, Coop des Communs/Co-Communs
  • Renaud Sarrazin, Co-founder, Urbike (BE)
  • Bastien Sibille, President, Mobicoop (FR)
  • Jonathan Reyes, Co-founder, Fairbnb (IT)
  • Bérengère Batiot, Open Food Network/Coop Circuit (FR)

Event: Unlocking the potential of local action for global good. Foundations supporting local social economy for 2030 Agenda

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Webinar, 28 April 2021, 2-5pm (CET)

Foundations and philanthropic organizations have some unique features in mobilizing resources (financial, human, intellectual ones) for the common good. Autonomy, flexibility, capacity to take risk and innovate, long-term vision distinguish them from public donors and other actors. Their potential in supporting social enterprises and achieving social impact does not merely reside in the quantity of the resources they make available, but also in their quality and the vast array of tools they can leverage (e.g. their endowment, their network of contacts, etc.).

Different in scope and focus, foundations, especially community foundations, have not only been working at a global and national level but also at the local one, to support, accompany and promote the development of communities.

But how have foundations and funders been supporting local social economy organizations so far? What challenges have they faced? Which is the unique role of community foundations, within the 2030 Agenda framework, in enhancing the development of local social economy and stimulate the transformative potential of communities? How can they connect the local and global level, undertaking local actions for the global good?

These are some of the questions that will be explored during this third and last seminar, organized by CEFEC (Social Firms Europe) and REVES in collaboration with Dafne Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe and ECFI (European Community Foundation Initiative).

You will find the programme here.

Please register here.


EU Action Plan for the Social Economy: REVES position paper published!

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In the end of 2021 the European Commission will publish an Action Plan for the Social Economy.

The Plan will seek “to boost the contribution of social economy organisations to a fair and sustainable growth. It will enhance social investment, support social economy actors to start up, scale up, innovate and create jobs.”

It will “set out EU-level initiatives and calls for joint action by EU governments and relevant organisations”.

A public consultation on the Action Plan is currently running until 26 April 2021 and accessible here.

REVES is glad to share its position paper here.

Webinar series: Social economy stimulating the transformative potential of communities

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REVES, the European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy, Assifero/Dafne – Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe, CEFEC Social Firms Europe and ECFI (European Community Foundation Initiative) are glad to invite you to a series of webinars.

Social economy organisations play a pioneering role in transition processes at local level – and therefore for Europe as a whole. However, their potential and alternative models still lack visibility and recognition in a number of areas, including green transition and circular economy or rural development.

These events will shed a stronger light on existing innovative practices and challenges, explore possibilities for new models of cooperation particularly between the social economy, public authorities and (community) foundations and discuss EU policy perspectives around the Recovery Plan and the new ESIF funding period.

16 April 2021, 9 am – 12.30am, “Participatory co-design of development strategies in rural and peripheral areas. Opportunities and Challenges”

The event will provide an insight in the role of the social economy as a partner for public authorities in the revitalisation of rural areas, newly emerging models of cooperation and innovative practices, but also the obstacles the various players are facing. Session II will focus particularly on initiatives in the cultural and creative sector. Finally, MEP Niklas Nienaβ and Laurent de Mercey, DG Regio, European Commission will join discussions around (upcoming) EU policies and initiatives that might help stimulating participation, creativity and innovation in rural areas.

Registration for the event of 16 April is possible here.

You will find the programme here.

28 April 2021, 2pm-5 pm, “Unlocking the potential of local action for global good. Foundations supporting local social economy for the 2030 agenda”

Save the date! More information to follow shortly.


24 March 2021, 2pm-5pm, “Employment and Growth – Green economy for improving employment”:

This seminar will focus on the role of the social economy (with a particular focus on work integration social enterprises) in green transition. Beside a number of testimonies by social economy practitioners from different EU Member States, also Miia Rossi-Gray, DG Employment, European Commission and MEP Dragos Pislaru will join the discussions.

You will find the programme here.

Event: “Projects of life and skills development: Different approaches to valuing parenting in work and life”

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Online seminar, 26 March 2021

For two years, public authorities, representatives of SMEs and the social economy, researchers as well as NGOs have been working on ways to facilitate work-life balance and (women) employment.

Among the results of the “Master Parenting in Work and Life” initiative, co-funded by the EaSI programme of the European Union, are a unique training programme for employees with care tasks, an online platform targeting specifically unemployed women, divers actions mobilizing employers or a collection of best practices of cities/regions and (social economy) enterprises, to name just a few.

This work confirmed once again the importance of cooperation and coordination between different players (policy-makers, administration, enterprises, civil society, families…) and policies.

During this final seminar participants will have the occasion to:

  • discover the final results of the MASP project;
  • explore possible synergies between different European initiatives and programmes including actions on the topics of work-life balance and (women) employment;
  • discuss perspectives for actions at European, national and local level in a period in which a number of strategies, programmes and policies around the Recovery and Resilience Fund, the European Structural and Investment Fund and the Action Plan around the Implementation of the Social Pillar are finalized.

Discover the programme here.

Register here.

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Despite all challenges and uncertainty at the beginning of this new year: local/regional governments and social economy enterprises won’t give up their vision of and initiatives for positive change and European solidarity. Here you are with a series of new year messages in which REVES Board members share their belief in the power of the social economy, partnership&cooperation and their projects for 2021. With all our best wishes for 2021!

Barbara Trachte – Brussels-Capital Region

Josep Vidal – Region of Catalonia

Bernard Clerfayt – Brussels-Capital Region

Ana Umbelino – City of Torres Vedras

Torbjörn Ahlin – Region Örebro län

Anita Jernberger – Region Östergötland


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Carola Carazzone, Secretary General of Assifero, the Italian association of grantmaking foundations and REVES’ member since 2020 elected President of DAFNE, the association that brings together 30 national associations from 28 countries across Europe, representing over 10.000 public-benefit foundations, big and small, who want to make a difference in society.

In her statement, reported below, Carola underlines the potentialities and the role that Europe, as a whole, has to play, especially in light of the pandemic and its consequences. Furthermore, she highlights the importance and the needs for the European philanthropy ecosystem to strengthen and achieve new collaborations with strategic partners across a wide variety of sector to shape a more inclusive, equal and sustainable Europe.

Today more than ever it is time for Europe to step up.” States Carola Carazzone “2020 has been a dreadful year and, at the same time, a year that has shown the extraordinary potential for Europe. The decade ahead of us needs a connected and effective European philanthropy ecosystem, able to contribute to and shape a more inclusive, equal and sustainable Europe. The pandemic has offered us a once-in-a lifetime opportunity: a powerful experience of collective empathy, of experiencing the meaning of humanity’s interconnectedness and interdependence and indivisibility with the planet. Dafne, representing collectively over 10.000 foundations, has a unique role to play in enabling, developing, accelerating and multiplying the collective impact of European philanthropy. I truly believe that Dafne can make a big difference in unlocking the huge potential that lies in private resources, including non-financial support, and in contributing to strategic partnerships of multisector stakeholders. It is a great honour for me to serve Dafne as its Chair standing on the

shoulders of my predecessor Felix Oldenburg and building on the courageous vision of the people

who served before me.”

Read the full news and statement on DAFNE website


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The UN Secretary General launched the UNiTE campaign, managed by UN WOMEN, to  prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world.


REVES welcomes and joins this overarching effort, and supports the Six Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Hereafter an article by Carola Carazzone, Secretary General of REVES’ member ASSIFERO, providing insigths and perspectices on the topic:  

25 years after the Beijing Platform for Action, data shows us enormous gaps in gender justice. The pandemic makes us fear for the worst. In the last 25 years, in Italy, the adoption of good laws was not followed by law enforcement and access to promotion and protection of women’s human rights. Even the Italian success celebrated in the 2020 EIGE report, if read carefully, is deceiving since it relates to a single indicator. Legal change wasn’t followed by social change. Implicit stereotypes, unconscious bias, cultural barriers, and taboos are preventing an open and uncomfortable conversation about toxic masculinity and cultural change. This ‘elephant in the room’ keeps us in the comfortable complacency of not being sexists, without compelling us to become vocally anti-sexists. Culture can play a major and permanent role in nudging this paradigm shift and making toxic masculinity no longer culturally acceptable. In a system change approach, culture can foster social imagination for both men and women and inspire, disseminate and protect social change from backlashes. Everyone is a changemaker, including strategic philanthropy and finance. Starting with mainstreaming gender and intergenerational justice in our own organizations… (continue reading)

An alternative approach to skills, employability and job creation: Women and territories at the centre

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Webinar, 12 November 2020, 10-12 am

Nothing brought them to light more clearly than the pandemic:

The essential needs of territories, on one hand (social services, mutual help, access to medical equipment, food…), but also the enormous – and often untapped – potential and capacities cities, regions and their inhabitants are able to mobilise in order to respond to these needs.

Women have been and continue playing a crucial role in society’s response to crisis situations – as often unpaid and sometimes even invisible managers of local emergency crisis centers and mutual aid networks, as (informal) caregivers and nurses, as (often unvoluntary) teachers of their children confined at home, to give just some examples.

At the same they have always had, according to studies, already before the crisis much greater difficulties than men to have their skills recognized and enter the labour market and are now particularly hit by unemployment.

Does our economy and society follow the right approach to skills assessment, skills development and job creation?

And if skills were developed and jobs created responding to the needs and building on the potential of territories/cities/regions and their inhabitants instead of mainly addressing the ‘needs of industry’?

This question will be at the centre of a webinar, which will be organised by REVES on 12 November 2020 (10-12 am) and focus specifically on women employment.

Input will be provided by:

- Mara Ghidorzi/Alda Fiordelli from Afolmet, a public employment&training agency in the Milan area (IT), which developed a new online tool enabling (unemployed) women to (re-)assess their transversal competences acquired in a variety of contexts and supporting their way (back) to the labour market;

- Antonin Gregorio, Director of Territoires Zero Chômeur de Longue Durée (Zero Long-Term Unemployed Territories) (FR) – a pilot initiative supported and recently extended by the French government, which has led to the creation of hundreds of new jobs based on a different approach to the assessment and valorisation of skills and (economic) participation;

Comments by Felix Rohn, Policy Officer at the European Commission (DG Employment&Social Affaires, Unit E.2 “Qualifications and Skills”) which is currently working on a number of actions around the European Skills Agenda and the Pact for Skills.

Register here.