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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.

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

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!

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!

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: