Publication “Transfer of enterprises to worker cooperatives. A public policy focus.”

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REVES is glad to present the publication “Transfer of enterprises to worker cooperatives. A public policy focus.”


This was conceived in the framework of the Saving Jobs! Project.

It includes:

  • a comparative analysis regarding the context around the transfer of enterprises to worker cooperatives in Denmark, Poland, Spain and the UK, enriched by examples from other EU member states which illustrate at the same time the role public authorities (can) play in this regard.
  • a list of useful documents and links .
  • extracts of the “Manual for Company Conversion Trainers. Concepts and methodology for the transfer of companies – in crisis or due to retirement – to the workers under the worker cooperative formula” (developed by COCETA).
  • a tool to support local players in a first rapid assessment of the situation in terms of probability of success of transfer of enterprises to worker cooperatives.

The Saving Jobs! Project is one of the two pilot projects on transfer of enterprises to worker cooperatives that were co-financed by the European Commission. COCETA, a Spanish platform for worker cooperatives, acted as project leader. REVES was a partner together with Kooperationen (DK), NAUWC (PL) and Cooperatives UK.

The initiative closed with a final conference, co-organised by REVES and COCETA and hosted by the Committee of the Regions, on 26 September 2017 in Brussels. It brought together approximately 80 participants from the cooperative movement, other social economy organizations, local/regional authorities, representatives of national governments, European institutions and organisations, as well as academics. Speakers included also Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Committee of the Regions (and host of the conference); Jens Nilsson, MEP and co-president of the Intergroup on Social Economy of the European Parliament; Ourania Antonopoulou, Greek Alternate Minister of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity; Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit, DG Growth; Giuseppe Guerini, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee and President of CECOP and others.

Presentations held during the final  conference, videos and other project outputs can be found here.

REVES will continue to follow the topic also in the future.

Valencia, 8-9 November 2017: Grow Your Region Conference – SAVE THE DATE!

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The 2nd edition of the ‘Grow your region’ conference will take place in Valencia, Spain, on 8 and 9 November. Save the date! The event is co-organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-Generals for ‘Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs’ and for ‘Regional and Urban Policy’, in cooperation with the Valencia Regional Authority.

Lessons will be drawn on how smart specialisation strategies were used and how clusters have supported growth in Europe’s regions.

How to boost smart interregional collaboration through clusters and foster value chain linkages that bring benefits to regions and cities across Europe?

‘GROW your REGIOn’ is an opportunity to:

  • share your smart specialisation and cluster experience and practices
  • exchange ideas about future actions for smart interregional collaboration
  • learn about novel ways of supporting innovation and accelerating industrial modernisation and SME growth

The conference will use an innovative approach, where the audience will be invited to actively contribute, collaborate and co-create, following the first edition from 2015 in Brussels.

Pre-registration for this conference is open now!

View the agenda for more details.

Side events:

  • Digital transformation matchmaking event organised by WATIFY
  • Steering committee of lead regions of the thematic smart specialisation platform for industrial modernisation (upon invitation only)
  • European cluster excellence projects meeting (upon invitation only)
  • INNOSUP-1 coordination meeting (upon invitation only)


If you wish to share ideas/suggestions, please contact:

16 November 2017: Join us for the Conference on Social Economy and the Future of Work!

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The Conference on Social Economy and the Future of Work is a side Event to the European Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth.

On 16th of November in Gothenburg (SE), the European Commission together with the European Economic and Social Committee, the City of Gothenburg and Region Västra Götaland will organise a conference regrouping a wide range of stakeholders from the European Social Economy ecosystem. Social entrepreneurs and their representative organisations, policy-makers, and academics will be invited to participate, share good practices and present real life examples. In the margins of the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth, the discussions will shed light on the potential of Social Economy to create growth and sustainable jobs, and achieve social resilience. In addition, a special focus will be put on the role of cooperative societies and on how to create favourable ecosystems for Social Economy to develop in European regions.

Follow the link for registrations:

The program of the event:

Conference: “Transfer of enterprises to worker cooperatives and the role of public authorities – an under-estimated alternative to prevent closing-down of enterprises?” – REGISTER NOW!

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In the upcoming years, a high number of small and medium enterprises all over Europe risk to cease activities if owners do not find any successor.

At the same time, a number of enterprises close down due to economic difficulties or simply a change of strategy (e.g. delocalization). Countries such as France, Spain or Italy, however, have shown that even in such cases a take-over of the enterprise by employees might be possible.

Even though workers’ buy-out (the transfer of enterprises to worker cooperatives) cannot be considered as a panacea, it has been up to now much ignored and/or under-estimated as an option by policy-makers, enterprise owners and employees in many EU Member States.

This conference, held in the framework of the Saving Jobs! Initiative – one of two pilot projects on workers’ buy-out supported by the European Commission – aims to shed light at the context in which worker buy-outs may or may not happen. Social economy players, public authorities, trade unions and civil society representatives will discuss key elements of successful transfers, the situation in different EU member states, as well as the role local and regional authorities can play in creating a conducive environment.

How to move on at European level, in the context of discussions around an action plan for the social economy, the future of EU cohesion policy, the new Skills Agenda…, … ?

Check out the Final Programme of the event and Register now!

For further info, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

#EURegionsWeek 2017 – register online NOW!

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Discover now the 130 workshops, networking events and project visits organised in Brussels as part the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities (9-12 October 2017)!

Under the headline ‘Regions and cities working for a better future’, the programme tackles three main themes:  Building resilient regions and cities – #LocalResilience; Regions and cities as change agents – #TakeAction; Sharing knowledge to deliver results – #SharingKnowledge. 28 partnerships of regions and cities, 14 Directorates-General of the European Commission, several networks, associations and other institutions have partnered up for it. The Opening session takes place on 9th October in the European Parliament.

REVES will contribute to the seminar “The contribution of Social Economy Enterprises to cohesion and resilience in cities and regions” (11 October, 9h-10h45, Committee of the Regions), organised by the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Committee of the Regions.

Browse through the programme and register online!

REVES Declaration on the Future of EU Cohesion Policy – Join us!

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REVES, the European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy is glad to present a “Declaration on the Future of EU Cohesion Policy”, and invites local and regional authorities and their associations at national and European level, social economy organisations and their associations at national and European level, as well as other stakeholders, to share and support the initiative.

Cohesion policy plays a fundamental role in the building of Europe as a united continent, helping to establish links and mutual support among its citizens and countries. In times when the European process seems to face slow-downs and European citizens show distrust in the European project, this function is more than needed.

The initiative was specifically promoted by Tuscany Region (IT), Region of Östergötaland (SE), City of Athens/ADDMA (GR), Kooperationen (DK), Government of Catalonia (ES), CECOP-CICOPA Europe (EU), Coompanion Västra Götaland (SE), Kokkotyö Foundation (FI), Region Örebro County (SE), SAW-B(BE), Cooperacion y desarollo de Bonares (ES), the City of Brescia (IT) and Sol.Co Camunia (IT).

Should you be willing to join and sign the Declaration, please contact Erdmuthe Klaer at or Luigi Martignetti at

The Declaration is the cornerstone of the REVES campaign towards an improved EU Cohesion Policy after 2020.

Social Innovation Community project | The Research Landscape is finally out!

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REVES is since 2016 involved, together with 12 leading organisations around Europe, in a consortium seeking to implement the Social Innovation Community (SIC) project, funded under the Horizon 2020 and aiming at connecting a wide range of social innovators active in nine different thematic fields, among which Social economy.

We are now glad to share with you all one of its main outputs, namely the SIC Research Landscape, investigating the state of the art in social innovation research in the European Union: and to which REVES contributed by developing the Social Economy chapter (from page 102!).

Please do not hesitate to spread it through your networks!

REVES Excellence Award 2017 – Check out the full list of the awarded initiatives!

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Since its inception, the REVES Excellence Award has the objective to make real alliances between local/regional authorities and the social economy, as well as their achievements, more visible. At the same time, it aims to foster the emergence of new partnerships between these two players.

For this third edition, we have received plenty of very interesting initiatives from all around Europe. All eligible applicants have presented their practice, during the REVES Excellence Award Conference, held on Thursday 8 June 2017 at the Committee of the Regions, in presence of EU public authorities and social economy organisations’ representatives, policy makers, citizens and other stakeholders!

Among them, the awarded initiatives are:

Coopcity (BE)
Cooperación, Integración, Intercooperación empresarial, Coopinte (ES)
Le Mat Jonsereds Fabriker (SE)

Univerbal. Le monde des possibles (BE)
Accompagnent et protection des journalistes en exil. La maison des journalistes (FR)

UP Sceaux. Ville de Sceaux (FR)

Welcommon. Wind of Renewal (GR)

Here the full list of experiences and initiatives presented:

Welcome, New REVES’ Board Members!

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REVES AISBL is pleased to welcome its new Board Members, who started their mandate (2017-2020) following the approval of their candidature by the General Assembly, held on 9 June 2017 in Brussels.

As foreseen by REVES Statute, these are the members’ cathegories:

LA: Local Authorities and LA networks;

ES: Platforms representing the Social economy at the local or regional level;

Associate: A) All Local Social economy actors within a territory of a titular member as well as all platforms representative of the Social Economy at national or European level;
B) All Social economy support structures (Foundation, Banks, Universities, Networks);
C) Associate experts.

Here the new Board:

Name of the member Category Nationality
City of Torres Vedras LA – Full Portugal
Gothenburg City LA – Full Sweden
Concordia LA – Full Finland
Region Östergötland LA – Full Sweden
Region of Catalunya LA – Full Spain
City of Brescia LA – Full Italy
Region of Brussels LA – Full Belgium
City of Genoa LA – Full Italy
Region of Västra Götaland LA – Full Sweden
Coompanion Gothenburg ES – Full Sweden
Region Örebro County LA – Full Sweden
Solco Camunia ES Italy
Kokkotyo ES – associate Finland
Vives/COSM consortium ES Italy
Fare Comunità ES – associate Italy

In addition:

- Mr Felice Scalvini – representing the City of Brescia, and Mr Jan Olsson – representing Coompanion Vastra Gotaland, have been re-elected as REVES Co-Presidents;

- Mr Luigi Martignetti has seen his role as REVES Secretary General confirmed.


Madrid, 23rd May: “Social Economy, an enterprise model for the future of Europe” conference

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On Tuesday 23rd May took place in Madrid the European Conference Social Economy, an enterprise model for the future of Europe, co-organised by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security of Spain, Social Economy Europe (SEE) and CEPES (Spanish Social Economy Confederation). The event was attended by more than 400 high-level representatives of 16 Member States, EU Institutions, EU social economy organisations and Spanish public authorities.

9 Member States -Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain- adopted the Madrid Declaration, that calls on the European Commission to include a European Action Plan for the social economy, adequately financed, in its Work Programme 2018, and to strengthen the role of the social economy in the European Pillar of Social Rights and in the ongoing debate on the future of Europe. The governments of Sweden and Romania are planning to sign the Declaration in the coming weeks.


Madrid Declaration, demonstrates once again -following Luxembourg Declaration (December 2015) and Bratislava Declaration (December 2016)- the commitment of a growing number of Member States to promote the development of the social economy in Europe.

Minister of Employment and Social Security of Spain, Fátima Báñez, stressed the importance of social economy as a key driver for a future of economic and social progress in Europe, as it is based on the primacy of people over capital, and has proven its capacity to create and maintain high-quality jobs, to provide innovative solutions to new demands, to integrate the most vulnerable people and to foster competitiveness.

SEE and CEPES President, Juan Antonio Pedreño, declared that it is the moment for EU Institutions to make an ambitious step forward to boost social economy enterprises all over Europe. He also underlined social economy’s commitment to further contribute to economic, social and territorial cohesion in Europe and to a more sustainable, responsible, participative, inclusive and solidary economy.

Ministers Nicolas Schmit (Luxembourg), José Antonio Vieira da Silva (Portugal) and Ardalan Shekarabi (Sweden), as well as State Secretaries Luigi Bobba (Italy) and Tadej Slapnik (Sovenia), agreed on the importance of strengthening EU and national policies supporting social economy enterprises, to achieve a more prosperous, solidary and inclusive European Union. Furthermore, both Minister Schmit and Minister Shekarabi underlined the attractiveness of social economy models for young entrepreneurs.

Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) and Marianne Thyssen (Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility), stressed through video-messages that the social economy is a valuable model for Europe’s future, responding to the growing demand of more responsible and sustainable businesses.

European Economic and Social Committee President, Georges Dassis, called on the European Commission to include among its priorities for 2018 an ambitious EU policy for the social economy.

European Parliament’s Vice-President, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, emphasised the importance of the European Parliament’s Social Economy Intergroup, supported by more than 80 MEPs, to mainstream the social economy in the agenda and legislative production of the European Parliament.

Jens Nilsson MEP, Co-President of the Social Economy Intergroup, stressed that- although a more ambitious approach is needed- the European Commission is moving in the right direction to develop effective EU policies to boost the social economy.

European Commission’s Heads of Unit Ulla Engelmann, responsible for Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship (DG Growth), and Ann Branch, responsible for Jobs Creation (DG Employment), presented the “Actions and strategy of the European Commission for the social economy and social enterprises”, structured around 5 pillars: access to funding, access to markets, improving framework conditions, social innovation, technologies and new business models; and international dimension.

Finally, Mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, stressed that the social economy is one of the entrepreneurial models that will shape the economy of the XXIst century.

Please find here all the photos of the event.

(Source: Social Economy Europe)