Gothenburg becomes the EU’s center for social economy – for three days


In connection with the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the most important European players in the field of social economy gather in Gothenburg,  at a conference highlighting the role of social economy in creating a stronger and more resilient Europe. 


The “Social Economy 2023 – Building a stronger and resilient Europe”’ conference is planned in close cooperation with European experts and stakeholders, and it will be focused on the Social Economy Action Plan and its implementation. It builds on last year’s Strasbourg conference “Social Economy – Future of Europe” which was included in the official program of the French Presidency and it bridges to the equivalent event to be held under the coming Spanish presidency in San Sebastian, in November 2023. 

 At the same time, the Swedish conference marks the 10th anniversary of Coompanion’s flagship event “The Great Social Entrepreneurship Day”, which is an annual conference for companies and organizations within socially responsible business. 

 The day before and after the main conference, there will also be international meetings and study visits to social entrepreneurs and innovators in the region.

These annual recurring EU conferences on the social economy bring together leading politicians, civil servants and entrepreneurs from different parts of Europe to promote the development of the social economy in Europe. I would encourage everyone with an interest in creating better conditions for the social economy to take the opportunity to come and listen and participate in the conversations. This is a unique opportunity not to be missed,” says Gordon Hahn, Chairman of Companion Sweden.

The conference also aims to highlight the circumstances around social economy in both southern and northern Europe, thus providing a basis for Council’s further work in this sector.

You will find the draft programme and a possiblity to register here.

Venue: the School of Economics, University of Gothenburg.


The conference is organized by Coompanion in collaboration with REVES, Cecop and Social Economy Europe. With support from the Region Västra Götaland, School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg and Fremia.”

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