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#EURegionsWeek 2017 – register online NOW!

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!

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!

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!


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!

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

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)

Social Seducement final seminar – Promoting social economy enterprise creation as a key tool for empowerment and active citizenship: The added value of online (learning) games

Social economy has gained new momentum nowadays as an alternative way of “doing business”, as an opportunity to reap the benefits of developing entrepreneurial activities collectively, of pooling capacities and knowledge, sharing risks etc. Many perceive it (above all) as a ‘new’ tool for employment creation. However, there is much more to it.

Many social economy entrepreneurs see it as an opportunity to take their life (back) into their own hands, to shape their own future together with others, to experience democracy also in economy, to contribute to the strengthening of communities and solidarity, to gain self-confidence and feel co-owner of a project.  Obviously, one does not become a social economy entrepreneur from one day to the other.

Some programmes and initiatives providing assistance already exist. However, a majority of training schemes for enterprise creation are often not adapted to the specific characteristics of the social economy and/or do not have appropriate tools to reach out to a diversity of persons.

Which potential could collective online (role play) games or gamified learning have in this context?

Starting from a snapshot of the Belgian context regarding social economy and enterprise creation in the field of social economy, this seminar will present the Social Seducement initiative and one of its main outputs – SocialPlaNet.  SocialPlaNet is an online game, which has been designed as a gamified learning platform providing unemployed with an idea of social economy entrepreneurship and an opportunity to simulate the shaping of a social economy ‘business idea’ in a group.


Brussels, 24-25 October 2017: Conference on “Social Innovation – Research and Policy of the Future: towards a comprehensive innovation policy”

The conference, titled “Social Innovation – Research and Policy of the Future: towards a comprehensive innovation policy” on 24th and 25th October in Brussels, is going to be one of the key events on social innovation in the year 2017.

It is planned to explore the future of social innovation research and policy by bringing together leading social innovators, academics and politicians to discuss:

  • the state-of-the-art of conceptualising and doing social innovation on a global scale;
  • methods and good practices to create desirable social change;
  • resources, means and levers making social innovation processes effective; and
  • an international comparison of social innovation practices, policies and research.

Presentations by leading experts in the field will provide insight into the various aspects of this ubiquitous phenomenon. On the one hand, the contributions will build on empirical results generated by the international research project SI-DRIVE ( The 25 international partners of SI-DRIVE have mapped over 1.000 cases of social innovation all over the world and selected over 80 cases for an in-depth case study analysis. On the other hand, these insights will be complemented by insights of the Social Innovation Community (SIC) project and international experts’ contributions.

The conference is hosted by one project under the EU 7th Framework Programme, SI-DRIVE – Social Innovation – Driving Force of Social Change, one project under the Horizon 2020 Programme, SIC – Social Innovation Community, the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts and NET4SOCIETY, a network of National Contact Points in Horizon 2020.

For the programme please click here. For information on the location and on hotels please click here.

From 08.05.2017 a registration form will be available on the SI-DRIVE webpage.

For further information please contact as communication node of the local organisers:

Berenike Ecker, or
Luise Kuschmierz,

26 April 2017 – Commission presents the European Pillar of Social Rights

On 26 April 2016, the European Commission published today a whole package of documents around the “European Pillar of Social Rights”. (REVES had informed and consulted its members on this initiative and participated in the European Commission’s consultation with a position paper).

This package contains:

- A Commission communication on establishing the European Pillar of Social Rights;

- A Commission Recommendation on the European Pillar of Social Rights;

- A proposal for an interinstitutional proclamation endorsing the European Pillar of Social Rights;

- Several factsheets, including one on a social scoreboard that has been established and that is to inform the European Semester Process (coordination of economic policies and budget plans).

The communication and recommendation basically put together and make visible different principles such as they are enshrined in various Charters and the so-called social acquis of the European Union. A few additional points include topics such as atypical contracts and youth (un)employment.

A main focus is put on employment and the labour market. Accordingly, social partners seem to be seen as the central partner of the EU and Member States when it comes to implementing the principles expressed in the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Civil society and civil dialogue did not receive the higher attention many hoped for.

In the upcoming months, the European Commission will discuss its proposal for an interinstitutional proclamation with the European Parliament and the Council.

The REVES secretariat will inform its members on any further developments and put forward proposals for actions to be taken.

“Regions as Social Innovations Ecosystems? History, culture and institutions”: From June 26th to June 30th, JOIN US FOR THE SOCIAL INNOVATION COMMUNITY SUMMER SCHOOL!

June 26th – 30th, 2017

University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Application Deadline: May 3rd, 2017

Confirmation of Acceptance: May 10th, 2017

Registration Deadline: May 17th, 2017

REVES is glad to invite you to join us for the Social Innovation Community Summer School (#SUMSIC2017), which will be held at the University of Bologna from June 26th to June 30th.

This edition is organised in partnership with other Social Innovation Community’s partners: University of Bologna, AEIDL, DRIFT, Nesta, Sinnergiak, SIX, Technical University of Dortmund, Young Foundation and ZSI.

The SIC Summer School (SUMSIC 2017) aims at presenting an opportunity for a lively discussion about the role of regions as possible ecosystems for social innovation. In this respect, a special emphasis will be devoted to the importance of history and culture of a region for the development of such ecosystem, as well as the role of institutions, private and public, to support and facilitate such development. The discussion will always be orientated to assess the policy relevance of the topics examined.

The school will provide participants with presentations of cases and experiences of social innovation in regions in and outside the EU, as well as general lectures and talks. In line with the learning objectives of the summer school, three parallel workshops (each participant will be allocated upon request to one of the three) will be organized in the afternoons in order to tackle challenges proposed by stakeholders of the Social Innovation Community in the Emilia-Romagna region. Each group will be able to present the results of the work conducted in the school in a final presentation in a plenary session the last day of the school.  Moreover, study visits will be organised in order to give participants a better understanding of the ecosystem of social innovation in the Bologna region. The school will be held in English.


- Call SUMSIC 2017

- Programme SUMSIC 2017

- Application form SUMSIC 2017

For more information about the SIC project, please visit