1st and 2nd March 2017 – join us in Gothenburg!

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Public procurement is one of the concrete instruments to cooperate between local and regional authorities and social economy players. Indeed, public procurement plays a more and more central role in shaping the way public services are organised and delivered, while goods’ procurement is a powerful means to orientate local economic development.

Whereas the instrument does not formally count under the tools to pursue general policy objectives, it is undeniable that the choices done by contracting authorities have a major role in shaping the economic, social and environmental profile of a given territory.

Directive EU 2014/18, now transposed by a majority of Member States, embodies important novelties and possibilities for contracting authorities to take into account particularly sensitive social and environmental issues, which affects the partnership between local and regional authorities and social economy as well.
The new provisions could be grouped (roughly) in three areas: a) reserved contracts; b) social clauses; c) special regime for social services.

In order to properly use these new possibilities, REVES members decided to organise a series of learning sessions to exchange and share with a view to improve their practices.

These sessions, open to non-member guests, will: a) look into the spirit of the directive; b) check existing experiences and analyse them against the Directive and taking into account national rules and practices; c) analyse how to use and integrate such existing experiences to apply in other territories.

The European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social economy – REVES aisbl, together with Västra Götalandsregionen, Region Östergötland and the City of Gothenburg are glad to present the first learning seminar on Public procurement to support partnership between local authorities and social economy, which will be held on March 1st 2017 in Gothenburg.

The seminar will be followed by a meeting of the REVES Board of Directors.

Presenting experiences: Region Västra Götaland, Region Östergötland, City of Gothenburg, City of Brescia, Generalitat de Catalunya (TBC), City of Copenhagen (TBC), City of Athens (TBC) and others.

There is more…

Gothenburg, on the West Coast of Sweden, has become the city with the highest density of Social Enterprises and numbers are growing. This is one of the reasons why REVES and Coompanion have decided to set up a conference on 2nd March 2017 in order to explore also why this is happening and what tools and instruments have favoured this development.

With these insights we will present the Social Seducement game approach and how it can support the development of Social Enterprises amongst disadvantaged groups. In focus are single entities as well as replication through methods such as Social Franchising.

The conference will end with a discussion focusing on the key aspects that help you to implement Social Seducement tools in your own work and context in order to support the creation of Social Enterprises.

Knowledge about the Gothenburg success will be shared by some of the most important and influential local actors involved in developing and supporting Social Enterprises.

The Social Seducement Project will be presented by researchers and practioners working on the project.

Download now your registration form, and send it back to office@revesnetwork.eu by 10th February 2017

Check www.revesnetwork.eu for updates!

CoR – European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) 2018 edition open for applications

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We are pleased to inform you that the Committee of Regions (CoR) has just launched a call for the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award 2018!

Regions and cities that are ready to implement a future-oriented entrepreneurial strategy are invited to apply until 7 April 2017.

Please find HERE a leaflet with a general presentation of the EER initiative, and HERE the EER 2018 call for applications, as well as a document with practical information about the application process. Further information is available on the EER website. For a visual impression of what the EER award is about, please see this launch video.

Please also note that the Committee of the Regions is organising an EER 2018 Info Day, in order to give potential candidates the opportunity to learn more about the objectives of the award and the assessment criteria, and to obtain advice from successful EER regions and representatives of the EER jury. Particular emphasis will be put on concrete tips that can help candidates in preparing their applications. This event will take place on Thursday 26 January from 10:15 to 12:00 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. For further information and registration, please see the event website.

European Pillar of Social Rights: REVES position

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The final REVES position on the European Pillar of Social Rights is based on the values and principles of the REVES Charter, on priorities expressed in the discussions around the REVES work programme as well as on the contributions we received for this position from our members.

REVES will spread the position paper among European policy-makers in the European Commission and the European Parliament, but also in the advisory bodies and – where possible – at national level.

Several points of a first draft of the REVES position (with contributions received in September) have already found their place in the opinion of the Committee of the Regions (attached).

On 17 November 2016, REVES Co-President Jan Olsson had the opportunity to comment on the Social Pillar during a hearing of the Social Economy Intergroup at the European Parliament, in presence of Allan Larsson (Special Advisor of the European Commission on the Social Pillar) and Nicolas Schmit (Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Luxemburg).

The public consultation is still ongoing and we would strongly advise all members that did not do it so far to participate.

Downloadable documents:

-          The final REVES position on the European Pillar of Social Rights

-          Draft opinion of the European Parliament

-          Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on the European Pillar of Social Rights

Please feel free to contact us should you have any comments or questions at: office@revesnetwork.eu

Saving Jobs! project: European partners discussed and visited workers’ buy-outs in the Spanish city of Murcia

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On 7 and 8 November, representatives from European and Spanish entities, specialized in cooperatives, have met in the Spanish city of Murcia to work on the topic ‘workers’ buy-out’, in the framework of the European project “Saving Jobs!”.

Download now the report from the seminar!

EESC – Collaborative economy report adopted!

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The European Economic and Social Committee, on 14 December 2016, adopted its report on the collaborative economy.

In this report it calls on the European Commission and policy-makers in general to give priority to initiatives that “are founded on democratic, solidarity-based and inclusive governance”.

The Commission’s approach towards the Collaborative Economy and in particular its tendency to mix concepts such as digital platforms and the sharing economy are sharply criticized.

Throughout the report the EESC calls for intensified work on the “new economy”, with particular attention to promoting those initiatives that enhance cooperation and solidarity.

REVES Excellence Award 2017 – Call for good practices now open!

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The third edition of the REVES Award emerges in a scenario full of important policy debates at the European level: the imminent mid-term review of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, including the European Structural and Investment Funds, the shaping of the European Pillar of Social Rights, but also the precious opportunity of integrating the social economy sector in a European Action Plan.

More than ever, Europe is facing the urgency of a governance reform, able to take into account the real needs of communities and people, and putting the latter at the core of solution paths aimed at tackling unmet needs and problems.

REVES’ mission since its inception, in 1996, has been the promotion of partnership between local/regional authorities and social economy organisations towards a fair, inclusive and sustainable development emerging from the local level and crucial for the achievement of global goals. This is the direction in which we are walking to concretely transform challenges into general interest opportunities, and we don’t want to keep it secret!

In 2013, the first edition of the REVES Excellence Award has been established precisely to make this kind of alliance and its achievements more visible. At the same time, it aimed to foster the emergence of new partnerships between these two actors.

The huge success of the first two editions convinced us to launch a call for the REVES Excellence Award 2017, to continue sharing the best partnership experiences’ examples all over Europe!

Check out the complete Call for good practices and discover the topics selected for the third edition’s working examples!

Candidatures can be submitted in English, French and Italian, both by Regional and Local authorities or Social Economy and related organisations – using the downloadable application form –  to: info@revesnetwork.eu

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Don’t miss the chance to share your unique experience at European level.

Give it more visibility!

The Bratislava Conference on Social Economy is around the corner!

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On November 30th and December 1st, under the Slovak presidency of the Council of the EU, the conference Social Economy as a key player in providing effective answers to current societal challenges in the EU and the world will be held in Bratislava. It will be the occasion to inform about the importance, possibilities and different attributes of social economy.

The final report from the European Commission Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES) entitled “Social enterprises & the social economy going forward” will be officially presented during the event.

Felice Scalvini, REVES Co-President, will  attend as speaker.

Here the Agenda and some practical information for the conference.

To register please contact andrea.vanovicova@employment.gov.sk or beata.maskulikova@employment.gov.sk

Social economy Intergroup of the European Parliament – Public hearing: “The role of the social economy for a successful European Pillar of Social Rights”

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The public hearing will be the occasion to have an exchange of views on the crucial role of the social economy sector towards a successful European Pillar of Social Rights.

When & Where: Thursday 17th of November 2016 – European Parliament, Brussels, room A3G-3.

Please find HERE the full programme of the hearing.

To register, please send an e-mail to contact@socialeconomy.eu.org before Monday 14 November. In case you need an accreditation to the EP, please include your following information: full name, type of ID, ID number,date of birth and nationality.

Social enterprises gaining ground in Europe: new country reports available!

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The European Commission is currently updating the map of social enterprises and their eco-systems in Europe which was first published in 2014 and criticized by a number of players.

New  country reports from Italy, Belgium, Spain, France, Slovakia, Ireland and Poland are now available. Moreover, a more general EU report outlines the latest developments in Europe and shows a net increase of social enterprises and jobs created by them compared to other type of enterprises.

 For more information click HERE.

Housing and social inclusion of refugees. Congratulations to Wind of Renewal for the WELCOMMON project kick-off!

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REVES welcomes the launching of WELCOMMON – the social innovative project for refugees – by the greek partners of the social cooperative Wind of Renewal !

On 12 of October 2016, the social cooperative welcomed the first group of refugees in a fully renovated building, located in the center of Athens.

On October 2015, Wind of Renewal, started to elaborate a scheme that could give a sustainable solution to one of the main challenges that greek society is facing: the refugee issue.

Wind of Renewal aims to cover both the needs of refugees and of the local society.

WELCOMMON is a social innovative project as it offers:

To the refugees:
– decent and safe accommodation, food and cover for basic needs
– psychosocial support
– cultural training
– social integration

To the local community:
– new jobs (28 at the moment)
– professional training
– professional specialization
– a boost to the greek economy

Please find enclosed a brief description of the project and some
photos – and do not hesitate to contact Ms Polina Gkioka (tispolinas@gmail.com) for more information or ideas!

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