Offer European Youth a job placement via the European Solidarity Corps!


The European Solidarity Corps, a project funded by the European Union, has launched the European Solidarity Corps 4 Youth (ESC4) project. An EU initiative that offers young Europeans (18-30 years old) the possibility to volunteer or work in projects abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe for a period from 2 to 12 months.

The ESC4Y project is part of the occupational strand of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC), and its objective is to offer 4.000 fixed term work placements to young Europeans across the EU in occupations with a solidarity dimension.

ESC4Y project consortium is composed of Public Employment Agencies from France (Pôle Emploi – leader), Belgium (Actiris, VDAB, Le Forem), Bulgaria Bulgaria (Агенция по заетостта), Germany (Bundesagentur für Arbeit), Luxembourg (ADEM), Spain (SEPE ), Portugal (IEFP), private employment agencies from Belgium (Trendhuis) and Italy (IFOA), and EUROCHAMBRES. Learn more.

EU Elections 2019: Statement of the networks partners from the EaSI programme

Together with the European Microfinance Network, the Euclid Network, the Microfinance Centre, RREUSE, Caritas Europe and CECOP CICOPA Europe, partners from the EaSI programme active in social enterprise prepared a call upon the candidates for the EU2019 Elections. Are you a candidate for the EU Elections 2019? Do you wonder how to strenghten social enterprises and social innovation in Europe? We developed 10 points you need to take on board

ENSIE’s Board of Directors & the International Conference “Work Integration, Future Challenges”

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The ENSIE’s Board of Directors gathered for a meeting in Girona on the 14th of February. The Board of Directors exchanged some member’s news, talked about the ENSIE’s staff and discuss the year ahead for the ongoing projects (EaSI, INNO-WISEs, Buying for Social Impact and Right2Grow). The members of the Board also made an inventory of the network’s activities and prepared the next ENSIE’s meeting. On the 15th of February, the International conference “Work Integration, Future Challenges” organised by FEICAT and ENSIE was held in Girona. At the agenda, The Catalan Region and the City Council of Barcelona both proposed interesting and innovative presentations on the inclusion of disadvantaged people through work, the match between unemployed people and integration enterprises and responsible public procurement.

We would like to thank the Catalan network and its vice-president, Mrs Güell for their warm welcome. We also thank Mr. Anton Costas, Professor of Economic Policy, for his historical presentations, full of reflection and new ideas on work as an effective tool for progress and equity.

Once again, ENSIE would like to thank FEICAT and its members of the Board of Directors for these two inspiring and full of innovation working days. 

Social Economy for the future of the European Union

On Wednesday, February 6th, European representatives and stakeholders of social economy gathered at the European Economic and Social Committee. A general overview was provided on great progress to recognise social economy as a part of economic and social growth. This conference was the opportunity to present the European social economy’s magnitude, to remind the need to implement a global action plan and to mention the future objectives and challenges. Xavier Roberti (RES) made a statement during this conference. Among other things, he underlined how important WISEs are to strengthen disadvantaged people and how WISEs can establish a stronger society.

ENSIE 2018 Workers' Messages Campaign

With the help of ENSIE's members, here is the full workers‘ messages campaign. It is a collection of the WISEs workers' needs, obstacles and concerns related to EU social and employment policies, and the impact they have in their social situation. 

The first messages were gathered with the help of one of ENSIE’s Belgian members, RES. We met Kyenge and Amal who work for Step Services, one of RES’ members. The second messages came from ENSIE’s Swedish member, SKOOPI.

In the last episode, you will meet WISEs workers from Slovenia (thanks to SENT), Greece (with the help of Klimaka) and another WISE from Belgium, Terre.

All the videos workers’ messages are available on our YouTube Channel.

The ENSIE Board of Directors open to members

The 14th and 15th November, the ENSIE’s team and some of its members gathered in Vienna for the Board of Directors open to members. This meeting was the opportunity to introduce and tackle a diverse range of issues. Aziza Yussupova, ENSIE’s policy officer, explained the European Semester linked to the European Pillar of Social Rights. Then she hosted a round table on the challenges faced by East European countries to develop social economy. Corine Van de Burgt from « Stichting De Omslag » and Matthieu Grosset from « La Fédération des entreprises d’insertion » presented key elements in order to manage a network. Teo Petricevic from Act Grupa talked about creating synergies with other stakeholders.

Burning Brains: European networking and project design workshop

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ENSIE and some of its members (Act Grupa, RES, Galileo Progetti, Consorzio EVT, Consorzio Sociale Abele Lavoro, Chantier école, IDC SERBIA, Cauto, FEICAT, and ISEN) gathered in Hungary in order to exchange on potential areas of collaboration. The future project partners discussed potential European projects in the field of public procurement, the capacity building of networks, the integration of vulnerable groups, the well-being of social economy, improved advocacy skills of networks, dissemination of EU policies and available tools, implementation of the EU legislation at national levels…

ENSIE’s participation at ACIG 2018

 ENSIE actively participated at the Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth 2018. The convention was organised by DG Employment and took on the 27th of April in Brussels. The Convention focused on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

ENSIE hosted a thematic table on “Equal access to labour markets” in the framework of the social economy and social enterprises workshop at the ACIG 2018. The discussions in thematic tables was organised around the following questions:

  • What social economy and social enterprises can deliver that others cannot or under which kind of conditions they can deliver better than others?
  • What evidence and examples there are about social economy delivering for better price and therefore contributing to sustainability of welfare systems?
  • What are the advantages of social economy and social enterprises in terms of quality of services or quality of employment?
  • What is the broader societal added value of active social economy?

Find the formulated answers (FR/EN) to these questions during the thematic table at the ACIG.

Patrizia Bussi elected as Social Economy Europe member of the Board of Directors

Patrizia Bussi, ENSIE’s director, has just been elected as Social Economy Europe member of the Board of Directors for the next 3 years. Social Economy Europe is the voice of social economy enterprises and organisations in Europe. Its members are the European organisations of mutual insurers and insurance cooperatives, health, mutual, foundations, paritarian institutions, associations of general interest, work integration social enterprises, ethical and alternative banks and financiers and cities and regions for the social economy. At national level, SEE members are the social economy umbrella organisations of Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

ENSIE practices showcased at the exhibition of inspiring social inclusion practices organised by Social Platform

ENSIE members practices from Croatia et Romania were presented during the side event organised by the Social Platform, in the framework of the Social Summit: OUR EUROPE: Civil society & the future of the EU - Civil society exchange & photo exhibition.

See the pictures of our members and learn more

ENSIE participates in the international conference“Fostering Social Entrepreneurship in Macedonia”.

The 7th of November, Ensie joined the Conference on Social Entrepreneurship in Skopje.  

In the framework of ENSIE’s work support for developing WISEs in Europe, ENSIE participates in the international conference on social entrepreneurship in Skopje “Fostering Social Entrepreneurship in Macedonia”.  

The Social Economy Intergroup meets with VP Katienen & Commissioner Thyssen

On Tuesday 24 October 2017, the bureau of the European Parliament’s Social Economy Intergroup (SEIG) met in Strasbourg with the European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, and with Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen.

Read Social Economy Europe Press Release on this meeting.

Social Enterprise as part of an integrated approach to Roma Inclusion - Summary report

In September, the Salvation Army invited Aurélie Duprés, ENSIE policy officer, to share the network experience and recommendations about integration of Roma communities through Social Enterprises. This was the occasion to share the findings of the PRESS project partners on the topic and to learn from other experiences around Europe.

Read the summary report of the conference.

See our PRESS project page with more information.

European Parliament’s debate on a European Action Plan for the Social Economy

On Thursday 5th October in Strasbourb, several MEPs debated with the European Commission -represented by Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Ms. Věra Jourová-  on strengthening EU policies promoting the growth of the social economy.

The debate was requested by 39 MEPs from 6 political groups. The precursor of this initiative was the Co-President of the Social Economy Intergoup Jens Nilsson MEP (S&D, SE), in close cooperation with SEE.

Read SEE press release on the debate.

Save the date ! EFSSE 2017 - 9/11/2017 @European Parliament

The second Forum for the Social economy in Europe, co-organized by the Confederal Group of the European United Left / Nordic Green Left (GUE / NGL) and European networks of SSE (RIPESS, Cooperatives Europe, ENSIE, REVES, CECOP-CICOPA EUROPE, SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE) will take place:

9 November 2017 from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm in the premises of the European Parliament

For the GUE / NGL, Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) is a strategic issue in that it allows to show and to build a social and economic alternative to the ultra-liberal Europe; this alternative can, even must, be built in cooperation with the largest possible number of actors of the SSE.

This is why the EFSSE 2017 was co-built with SSE actors. In this sense, the conferences and the workshops will be led by members of the SSE networks and members of the GUE / NGL.

More information

Registration:  send an email to Marie Christine Vergiat