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For a Fairer, More Inclusive Europe, Sign the #SIDeclaration


EU policymakers are negotiating Europe’s next long-term budget. Sign the #SIDeclaration today to tell them that Europe needs innovation to benefit everyone.

While industries like pharmaceuticals and automotive are good at getting decision-makers’ attention, the social innovation community – a broad movement of people and organisations innovating for public benefit – often has less influence. We want this to change.

Over the past year, we have asked people working in social innovation all over Europe about how EU policy could enable them achieve an even bigger impact. We heard from more than 350 people from 19 member countries.

You told us you wanted a Europe where civil society, non-state actors and local communities are empowered to define and address challenges that matter to them, such as climate change. You shared a vision for research and innovation which gives greater recognition to the contribution of civil society and the wider public. And you spoke about the need for mainstream innovators (like technologists, firms and research organisations) to rethink their role in driving direct societal benefits.

Finally, you described challenges that can stop social innovation achieving its potential: problems with public procurement, rigid funding structures that don’t allow experimentation, a lack of skills and incentives for public officials to support social innovation.

The Social Innovation Declaration sets out the core values that we want European policymakers to follow as they negotiate the new EU budget and programming.

The Declaration includes 10 specific policy recommendations that we think cut right to the heart of these issues. We want to make social innovation a cross-cutting priority in all EU policies and programmes (such as the European Social Fund Plus or Horizon Europe), and have introduced a number of proposals aimed at using strategic partnerships between EU, national and regional authorities to unleash the power of communities and smaller organisations to drive change.

Click here to download the full Declaration.

This Declaration is a statement of intent from the community to ensure that social innovation is given the political visibility and support it deserves. We need your help to show European decision-makers that we are a powerful and determined force for change in Europe.

Sign the #SIDeclaration and make history with us! #Spreadit4Europe

Join us in conversation in how to implement the #SIDeclaration in the final event!

Join us on 12 and 13 November 2018 in Seville for a chance to discuss the Declaration and how to implement it at the Social Innovation Community project’s final event. Learn more about the speakers and agenda at

Legislative proposals around EU Cohesion Policy 2021-2027: REVES position paper

The European Commission published, in May 2018, its proposals for the regulations governing EU Cohesion Policy for 2021-2027.

Please find the REVES position paper here below.

REVES is particularly preoccupied by the future of the European Code of Conduct on Partnership and open questions around the role of local/regional governements and smaller players when it comes to designing, implementing and monitoring programmes.

REVES position paper

Recommendations regarding a review of the European Code of Conduct on Partnership (ESF Thematic Network on Partnership)

Do not miss the Global Social Economy Forum!

This year the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) – organised every two years – will be held from 1 to 3 October 2018 in Bilbao/Spain. It will bring together a diversity of social economy players, public authorities, academics and other kind of organisations/persons interested in the development of the social and solidarity economy worldwide.

REVES has been taking part in the preparations of the event. We are looking forward to discuss with you during the plenary « Social economy in the age of cities » which will include panellists such as Robert Beaudry (Deputy Mayor of the city of Montreal), Simel Esim (ILO), Christiane Bouchart (RTES) or Martin van den Borre (C.I.T.I.E.S.). REVES members such as Region Örebro County, Catalonia and CECOP will actively contribute to other sessions on topics such as the collaborative economy, training or social economy in public policies.

The full programme of the event can be found here.

Ana Umbelino to represent REVES in the GECES 2018-2024

Ana Umbelino, member of the board of directors of REVES and councillor at Torres Vedras City Council (PT) will represent REVES in the European Commission Expert Group on Social Enterprise for the period 2018-2024.

The GECES, which was created following the Social Business Initiative (2011), supports the European Commission for the implementation of policies concerning social enterprises, and represents today a place for dialogue between The Commission, Member States and sectoral organisations.

During the previous periods, the Group provided expertise on such issues as the measurement of social impact, or the participation of social enterprises in public procurement procedures.

Ana and REVES will try to put forward the partnership issue, as a key for developing democratic, sustainable and inclusive societies.

DG GROW pilot – “European Social Economy Regions 2018″


The European Commission DG GROW launched a “European Social Economy Regions 2018” pilot action aiming at raising awareness about the social economy at regional and local level.

Through this initiative, the Commission, coordinated by the “Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship Unit”, aims to provide expertise to support the organisation of regional events bringing together regional and local stakeholders, social economy enterprises, social innovators and policy-makers in order to promote added value and benefits of the social economy on the ground.

Any public regional entity working in partnership with social economy is invited to submit a proposal for organising a local event in close collaboration with regional stakeholders.

The the initiative is complementary to the activities of REVES and provides a good occasion to showcase  regional experiences, on the one hand, and to spread better knowledge on EU policies in favour of social economy, on the other.

To apply for this initiative is simple. You will find more details here:


“Using social innovation policy approaches to help cities and regions realise the potential of the European Pillar of Social Rights”


16 April 2018

Committee of the Regions

rue Belliard 99-101, B-1000 Brussels (room JDE52)

Cities and regions are among the most fertile contexts for social innovation and experimentation. Many important themes such as collaborative citizenship and collaborative institutions, smart and participatory planning and budgeting have all converged at the city and regional level. Furthermore, cities and regions in Europe have been actively looking for new ways to engage and work with citizens, entrepreneurs, social economy and SI actors to tackle goals as diverse as widening social inclusion, improving employment opportunities for young people, and creating better supports for disadvantaged communities.

Join us to exchange directly with the protagonists of concrete practices and a variety of players from cities and regions all over Europe, feed the SIC Pool of Practice and express your expectations towards policymakers!



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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme


Region Örebro County has adopted its first Policy for civil society and social economy!

Region Örebro County has adopted its first Policy for civil society and social economy. “We have never had a policy of this kind before and it will enhance the ordinary work on growth and development in the county”, says Bengt Storbacka, Chairman of the board for Culture, Education and Social economy. The main objective of the policy is to strengthen the participation and influence of civil society and social economy regardingissues of regional development and regional growth. To achieve the main objective, a numberofmilestones and activities will be implemented over the next four years. The policy will:

  • contribute to an increased understanding of the importance of civil society and social economy for regional development and growth,
  • clarify and strengthen the support for civil society and social economy throughout the county,
  • create, strengthen and coordinate networks and meeting places for civil society and social economy issues throughout the county, and
  • increaseand strengthen the internationalization of civil society and social economy issues in the region.

Region Örebro County has developed the policy together with representatives from social economy and civil society as well as public sector representatives in Örebro County.

Are you interested in further information about the policy and its different activities, please contact Anders Bro, or +46 72 146 87 81.


Urban regeneration processes as opportunity for human emancipation – the CAPACITY project in Messina

The project Capacity seeks to give inhabitants of three disadvantaged areas of Messina, in particular those living in the barrack settlements, the opportunity to become (again) protagonists of their own life. Simply eliminating the barracks and providing their occupants with more decent housing is an important step, but would not be enough.

Referring to Amartya Sen’s capability approach, the project develops a set of inter-connected actions which aim to create alternatives in the principal areas of human functioning: housing, work, social relations and knowledge. It also integrates elements linked to security and environment. The second, crucial pillar of the initiative is the continuous accompaniment by social workers and social mediators in order to provide families/persons with all information they need to make choices and to feel supported in situations they might never have known before.

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REVES joined the Cohesion Alliance: towards a stronger EU Cohesion policy!

Currently worth one third of the EU budget, the EU’s cohesion policy reduces regional disparities, creates jobs, opens new business opportunities and addresses major global issues such as climate change and migration.

The Cohesion Alliance (is a coalition of those who believe that EU cohesion policy must continue to be a pillar of the EU’s future. The Alliance was created through cooperation between the leading European associations of cities and regions and the European Committee of the Regions. It demands that the EU budget after 2020 makes cohesion policy stronger, more effective, visible and available for every region in the European Union.

REVES Network is glad to be part of it!

Read and sign REVES “Declaration on the Future of EU Cohesion Policy”, and join the #CohesionAlliance!

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

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.