15/09/2016 – EP Resolution « How best to harness the job creation potential of SMEs? »

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On 15 September 2016, the plenary session of the European Parliament has approved the resolution on how best to harness the job creation potential of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) (2015/2320(INI)).

The document is aimed at supporting SMEs in their efforts to combat unemployment (8,9%) and youth unemployment (19,4%) rates, since SMEs provide about two thirds of all private-sector employment in the EU, soundly contributing to the growth and development of the Union.

The text recalls the fact that the social and solidarity-based economy has shown better resilience during the economic crisis than other enterprises in the same sectors, strengthening economic, social and territorial cohesion, while also contributing to smarter, sustainable and inclusive growth, particularly in rural regions.

The text considers that EU and national policies should not only focus on SME start-ups and the creation of new jobs in SMEs and calls for efforts to maintain existing jobs through the promotion of business transfers to employees under the cooperative form as successful types of business transfers, as is proven by their high survival rates and thanks to their capacity to reinforce sustainability and employment.

The European Parliament asks Member States to foster the development of a strong entrepreneurial culture, also through the promotion of apprenticeship schemes within SMEs.

Moreover, the document calls on the Member States to enforce the legislation on the equal access of SMEs to public procurement.

Being aware of the need for a regulatory environment that encourages investment that “concurrently fosters sustainable growth and quality jobs”, the European Parliament emphasises the importance of the social and solidarity-based economy, which provides employment for more than 14 million people, in other words close to 6.5 % of workers in the EU, and recognizes access to finance as a barrier faced by social economy enterprises in particular.

The text also mentions social economy enterprises and cooperative entrepreneurship while underlining the role of forward-looking legislation and process facilitation in the context of rapid developments in the knowledge-intensive and highly innovative SME sector.

Consultation publique sur le Socle européen des droits sociaux: utilisons cette porte qui nous est ouverte!

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Jamais le processus d’intégration européenne n’a fait l’objet d’un tel examen que ces derniers temps. Il faut dire que l’enjeu est crucial en même temps que se développent les opportunités pour construire une plus forte Europe des citoyens.
Parmi les “points chauds” figure le travail de la Commission européenne sur « le Socle Européen des Droits Sociaux » (REVES a informé ses membres sur cette initiative et sur la consultation publique en cours).
Pour rappel, le “Socle Social” ne remplacera pas les droits sociaux fondamentaux tels qu’ils sont exprimés dans le droit primaire de l’UE mais fixera un cadre de référence plus clair quant à l’application des différents principes énoncés dans la législation. Selon la Commission européenne, il sera utilisé comme un instrument important pour un monitorage des politiques sociales et de l’emploi des Etats membres et pour le développement d’approches politiques plus cohérentes dans ce domaine en Europe.  Il aura certainement une influence sur l’orientation des fonds également.
Le secrétariat de REVES est en train d’élaborer la position de REVES à soumettre à la Commission européenne.
Parallèlement, nous sommes en contact avec des membres du Parlement européen et du Comité des Régions.  Ces deux institutions préparent leur opinion sur cette initiative.  Les commentaires et les exemples concrets des membres de REVES devraient être très appréciés et pourraient être intégrés dans ces opinions.
Nous vous invitons à saisir cette opportunité unique pour partager votre point de vue avec les décideurs politiques européen en répondant à la liste de questions que vous trouvez ICI.
Vos commentaires feront partie de la position de REVES. Les membres seront cités dans cette position conjointe, à moins qu’ils ne le désirent pas.   En outre, nous préparons un dossier sur les expériences concrètes à partager également parmi les membres de REVES.
Nous vous prions de nous faire parvenir votre contribution pour le 19 septembre 2016 au plus tard à office@revesnetwork.eu eka@revesnetwork.eu .

Social Economy Intergoup of the European Parliament – Public Hearing: « Towards a European Action Plan for the social economy »

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The public hearing will bring together MEPs, high-level European Commission and Member States representatives, EESC members and social economy representatives, to have an exchange of views on the importance of developing a European Action Plan for the social economy, towards an ambiutious European social economy policy.

When & Where: Wednesday 28th of September, from 1pm to 3pm, at the European Parliament (room JAN4Q2).

Speakers: Jens Nilsson, MEP (S&D, SE), Co-President of the Social Economy Intergroup, Ramón Luis Valcárcel MEP (EPP, ES), Vice-President of the European Parliament and Co-President of the Social Economy Intergroup (tbc), Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (tbc), Branislav Ondruš, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of Slovakia, Nadine Muller, Responsible of the Social and Solidarity Economy department at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy, Juan Antonio Pedreño, President of Social Economy Europe, Ariane Rodert, Vice-President of the EESC’s Group III, Sven Giegold, MEP (GREENS/EFA, DE), Co-President of the Social Economy Intergroup.

To register, please send an e-mail to contact@socialeconomy.eu.org before the 23rd of September. 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.

Please find attached the full programme of the hearing.

Social Innovation Community launch event on 26-27 September – Join us!

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Funded by the H2020 Programme and run by a consortium of 12 leading organisations across Europe, SIC will build on the work of Social Innovation Europe to engage, strengthen and connect existing social innovation networks including public sector innovators, digital social innovators, social economy actors and more.

On 26-27 September, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the activities of the SIC project and how you can get involved. We will present a framework for a common understanding of social innovation, including past trends, the latest evidence and emerging methodologies in order to identify future priority areas. This will provide the foundation for future activities. And of course, you will meet leading social innovation projects, high-level policymakers and funders.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of SIC, and establish new connections and collaborations.

To discover the agenda of the SIC launch, please have a look here

If you’re interested in attending this event, please get in touch at events@socialinnovationexchange.org

Check out the new SIC website  at www.siceurope.eu and share it widely through #SICEurope and #SICLaunch!


European Parliament’s study on Social Economy – Download it now!

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The European Parliament’s study on Social Economy assesses the important role the social economy plays in the EU, shaping a detailed background made up of data, legal frameworks and best practices.

Priority policies identified to reach the full potential of the sector include:

1) digital transformation of social economy,

2) enabling EU cross-sectorial regulatory and financial frameworks, and

3) improving definitions and developing indicators – alternatives to GDP – to focus policies on EU added-value.

The European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy (REVES aisbl) is mentioned as an important step towards the creation of cooperation channels, based on the principle of partnership between local and regional authorities and territorial social economy organizations (see par.4.2.3 page 65).

The document is available at the following link:


SINGLE DIGITAL GATEWAY: public consultation process now open!

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The Single Digital Gateway’s rationale is to help people find all the information they need to:

  • do business cross-border;
  • travel to another EU country;
  • live, study or work in another EU country.

With this aim, the DG GROW has recently launched a public consultation on the creation of a ‘Single Digital Gateway’. The Gateway would provide easy online access to Single Market information, procedures, assistance and advice for citizens and businesses.

The Single Digital Gateway would be based on existing portals, contact points and networks. But it would improve and better connect them, and help people to complete the most frequently-used national procedures fully online.

You have until 21 November 2016 to have your say in the consultation via the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=8896

REVES Yearbook of excellence 2015 – Téléchargez le maintenant!

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The objective of the REVES Yearbook of excellence 2015 was to identify and reward best working examples of general-interest-oriented partnership between public authorities and social and solidarity economy that is based on or produces measurable and replicable social innovation (including a direct involvement of citizens in design and realisation of actions).

In total, REVES had received 38 applications from local/regional initiatives run in 11 EU Member States.

Mamas Retro – a reuse initiative encouraging entrepreneurship among unemployed women and transgender persons with intellectual or neuropsychiatric disabilities – was selected winner of the REVES Excellence Award 2015 by an independent jury composed of representatives of the European Parliament (Social Economy Intergroup), the European Economic and Social Committee, the International Labour Organisation, the OECD and Social Economy Europe.

The following initiatives received a special mention:

- Local Community Enterprise Support Network Lithuania

- Pronto Badante, Tuscany Region, Italy

- Crèche Mêli-Mêlo, City of Lille, France

- Public-Private Partnership for EU Migrants, City of Gothenburg, Sweden

- Phoenix Project, Cork County, Ireland

- SOPOT Model of Social Economy, City of Sopot, Poland

A handbook containing a detailed description of the winner and all other eligible applications is finally downloadable HERE!

Forum Mondial de l’Economie Sociale: soyez-y!

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La Ville de Montréal et le Chantier de l’économie sociale coorganisent le prochain Forum mondial de l’économie sociale #GSEF2016, qui aura lieu du 7 au 9 septembre2016 et qui portera sur la collaboration entre les gouvernements locaux et les acteurs de l’économie sociale et solidaire (ÉSS) pour le développement des villes.

Un événement à ne pas manquer pour :

  • Partager vos meilleures pratiques et découvrir celles mises en œuvre partout sur la planète en ce qui a trait à la co-construction de politiques publiques pour le développement de l’ÉSS en milieu urbain
  • Identifier les occasions et les enjeux de collaboration entre vos gouvernements locaux et les acteurs de l’ÉSS;
  • Favoriser des collaborations internationales menant au développement de l’ÉSS dans votre milieu.

Découvrez le programme préliminaire et insctivez vous au gsef2016.org

Suivez le #GSEF2016 sur Facebook et Twitter en utilisant le tag!


BESPAT: Good Practices in the Field of Personal and Household Services/Policy recommendations

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A collection and analysis of good practice in the field of personal and household services and proposals for an improvement of these services are the main outputs of the BESPAT project (co-financed by the European Commission), which came to an end in April 2016.

For more information you may consult the latest newsletter  (http://www.bespat.eu/index.php/actions/newsletter/mailing/view/listid-0/mailingid-7/listype-1) and the BESPAT website (http://www.bespat.eu).

 Please find the final guide attached:

European Pillar of Social Rights: Raise your voice! Public consultation process now open!

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The European Commission recently launched a public consultation on the « European Pillar of Social Rights”. We would strongly recommend any interested organization/authority/person to participate in this consultation (which will be open until 31/12/2016) in order to raise his/her/its voice on the direction the EU/Eurozone should take when it comes to defending fundamental and social rights.

The Social Pillar won’t replace basic social rights such as they are expressed in EU primary law, but set a clearer, more detailed reference framework when it comes to the application of the different principles laid down in legislation.  According to the European Commission, the Social Pillar will become a major instrument for a screening of employment and social policies of the Member States and for the development of more coherent policy approaches in this area within the Eurozone.

We strongly encourage everybody to make himself/herself heard through this consultation – the “Social Pillar” will most probably have a strong influence on the future of the European social model…