“Social economy as a partner for the design and implementation of local action plans for green transition: Best practices, opportunities and challenges”


RESPONDET Final Webinar

14 September, 9.30 am-1 pm (CET)


During more than a year, regions and cities from four EU Member States have been working on ways to improve the capacity of local and regional policy-makers, public administration, social economy and civil society to jointly develop (policy) initiatives which would strengthen social economy-driven community management of resources. This work resulted in the preparation of regional/local plans for green transition which build on the potential of the social economy and social-economy related community initiatives. The consortium focused in particular on community energy initiatives and on circular economy.

This webinar has the objective to:

  • present the RESPONDET local/regional action plans;
  • provide an occasion to exchange with local/regional authorities and their social economy partners on opportunities and challenges they encountered when drafting their local/regional action plans for green transition in a participatory way;
  • discuss recommendations to policy-makers at different level with EU policy-makers and representatives of other European organisations and initiatives.


9.30 Welcome 

Roser Hernandez, Deputy Director for Social and Solidarity Economy and Cooperatives, Catalonia Region

9.40 Short presentation of the RESPONDET project

Erdmuthe Klaer, European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy (REVES aisbl)

9.50 Circular Economy

Presentation of Local/Regional Action Plans

  • Maria Kucinska, Region of Małopolska
  • Catherine Bolly, ConcertES
  • Valeria Vacchiano, City of Turin

Discussion with Participants/Q&A

Panel Discussion on policy recommendations with the participation of

  • Margit Perko, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG EMPL
  • Simone Schirru, RREUSE
  • Rediscovery Centre Ireland (tbc)

11.15 Break

11.30 Community Energy Initiatives

Presentation of Local/Regional Action Plans by

  • Elena Bernet, Confederation of Cooperatives of Catalonia
  • Maria Kucinska, Region of Małopolska
  • Catherine Bolly, ConcertES
  • Raffaella Scalisi, Torino Chamber of Commerce/Torino Social Impact

Discussion with Participants/Q&A

Panel discussion on policy recommendations with the participation of

  • Achille Hannoset, European Commission, DG ENER
  • Myriam Bodeva, European Commission, DG REGIO
  • Kata Tüttö, Deputy Mayor of Budapest and Member of the Committee of the Regions (Vice-Chair ENVE Commission)
  • Giacomo Pinaffo, GRAPE (Local Social Green Resilience Action Plans for Small and Peripheral Territories) project

12.50 Concluding remarks



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