Commissioners’ hearings at the European Parliament: what place for Social Economy and WISEs?

In the last weeks, the European Parliament hosted hearings for the designated Commissioners as part of the nomination process. The first step of this process was the vote on the President of the Commission, designated by Member States, and as a result Ursula von der Leyen was elected by the Parliament last summer. Then, the Member States had each to nominate Commissioners, and President-elect von der Leyen attributed a more or less comprehensive portfolio to each one of them. We are now in the last stretch of this process with the hearings in front of the specialised Committees, where the Parliament can veto some candidates.

Three Commissioners-designate had social economy in their portfolio: Nicolas Schmit, the Commissioner-Designate for Jobs, Sylvie Goulard the Commissioner Designate for Internal Market and Valdis Dombrovskis, the Vice-President designated for an Economy that works for people. When answering questions, the Commissioners-designate addressed one or several important topics for the sector such as the inclusion of the SDGs and the European Pillars of Social Rights in the European Semester, the digitalization challenge, unemployment, skills gap and the need for appropriate training for a more inclusive Europe.

The Commissioner-designate for Jobs, Nicolas Schmit, was the most interesting from a social economy perspective. As the former Minister of Labour, Employment and Immigration in Luxembourg and a former Member of the European Parliament, he was already aware of the challenges of the Social Economy sector. Therefore, for the next five years Nicolas Schmit decided to boost employment to promote a well-skilled workforce responsive to the digital and climate transition ahead (1) and to ensure social rights for all placing social inclusion at the center of his priorities (2) as his two main goals. All along his hearing, he emphasized the importance of the social aspects in the creation of jobs beyond the economic ones and the key role of social economy in the provision of quality services, inclusive economic and social progress. He proposed to tackle the skills gap that exists in the Social Economy sector by investing more in upskilling and reskilling from the ESF+ and strengthening the skills agenda. He emphasized the fact that employment policies should be more focused on the most vulnerable as it is crucial to integrate the most excluded in the labour market and to have equal opportunities for everybody. Again, he stressed the importance of a reinforced ESF + to achieve this goal as well as on the Corporate Social Responsibility. He also proposed to organise a new Social Business Conference, bringing all the actors together and enact a plan to promote Social Economy in relation to the next big challenges. The goal would not to harmonize Social Economy throughout Europe but to create a level plain field for the Social economy sector. ENSIE welcomes his commitment to pursue a more social and inclusive Europe hands in hands with the Social Economy Sector. Nicolas Schmit proposals to reinforce the ESF+ are more than welcome and ENSIE supports this proposal during the MFF debates. also take note of his proposal to organize a new Social Business Conference, while hoping that it will lead to a concrete and comprehensive European Action Plan for Social Economy.

During Sylvie Goulard’s hearings – the former Commissioner Designate for internal market- Pierre Karleskind, a French MEP from Renew, launched the debate on Social Economy by asking how she will support social economy companies to adapt public procurement for those companies, reduce legal differences between them in the various Member States. In her answer, Sylvie Goulard stressed the importance of the varied organizations composing the sector and made interesting proposals for its funding. Her messages in Parliament did not convince the MEPs who voted against her. To this day, the situation regarding this portfolio is still unclear, and ENSIE can only hope that Social Economy and Work Integration Social Enterprises will become a priority in the Internal Market Agenda.

The third interesting hearing was Valdis Dombrovskis, designated vice-president for Economy that works for people. From a Social Economy perspective his hearing was overall disappointing as he focused more on EU’s economic interests internationally and boosting green finance and left aside the social aspects of those measures. He nonetheless declared being open to the integration of the SDGs and the EPSRs in the European Semester, and to expand the Social scoreboard.

If Nicolas Schmit hearing was highly satisfying for ENSIE, the others were lacking on social economy. If ENSIE was pleased by the place given to Social Economy in the hearing of the Commissioner-designate for Jobs, we regretted that the important role played by the sector was barely mentioned, if mentioned at all, in the other two. However, we will have to wait for the nomination and the appointment of a substitute for Sylvie Goulard as well as to see the balance of powers inside the new Commission before making a definite assessment.

ENSIE, is calling the next Commission to commit for a positive framework for WISEs and improve social inclusion through the review of EU concerned legislation, the concrete implementation of the SDGs and EPSRs with the financial support of the ESF+ and the use of more sustainable public procurement. You can read more on our proposals in our Memorandum.

ENSIE at the Moldovan National Conference on Social Entrepeneurship

On the 27th of September, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, ENSIE participated to the fifth edition of the National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship. It was, this year, dedicated to assessing the impact of social enterprises, promoting good practices and developing a social economy network in Moldova. More than 60 persons attended the event, representatives of non-governmental organizations, social enterprises, authorities and public institutions, diplomatic missions, as well as international social partners and other citizens interested in the field of entrepreneurship.

Among the guests, Anna Lyberg, the Ambassador of Sweden to the Republic of Moldova Mag. Gero Stuller, Councilor for Labor, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection of the Austrian Embassy in the Republic of Moldova, Ionela Costachi, Secretary of State at the Ministry of the Economy and Infrastructure, Karel Vanderpoorten, Policy Officer in the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, and M. Lilian Carmanu, Vicepresident of the Ialoveni District (Moldova).

Aziza Yussupova, Policy officer at the European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE) and Charlotte Gruber, member of the board of directors of the Network of Integration Social Enterprises of Styria, Austria, were there to present practical models of networks, which were opportunities to consolidated the social enterprise sector and strengthen their representation at the national level. All the participants agreed with the need to create such a  network at the national level. This network would strengthen the capacities of NGOs and social enterprises and would help public institutions to formulate, monitor and evaluate policies to enhance the social and economic impact.

ENSIE presented also ENSIE also presented its IMPACT-WISEs study which aims to measure the social economic benefits created by social enterprises. Other experts from the social economy sector in Spain, Austria, Italy and Belgium shared their best practices and instruments to measure the social impact. There was also an Interactive Masterclass facilitated by three experts, Valentina Tosi, Gabriele Guzzetti and Stefan Pahon, where participants were able to ask questions and share their views. Measuring the social impact of social enterprises is key in the context of competition between social enterprises and for-profit enterprises, as the former always need to provide evidence of their added value, in order to guarantee their legitimacy.

ENSIE was pleased to participate to this event, in collaboration with a representant from our moldovan member, Eco-Razeni, Sergiu Gurau. We were glad to see the enthusiasm of the Social Economy sector in Moldova to build a network. This is the first step towards a better representation and coordinated actions of this crucial sector for both the economy and the society.

You’ll find the agenda of this event here and our presentation here.

The renewal of the Social Economy Intergroup at the European Parliament

After the election of the new European Parliament last spring, the newly elected MEPs will have to choose their Integroups for the next five years later this fall. The European Parliament’s Integroups are formed by MEPs from any political group and any committee, with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular subjects and promoting contact between Members and civil society.

ENSIE, with other members of Social Economy Europe are calling for the Social Economy Intergroup to be renewed in order to make Social Economy represented and heard at the European Parliament.

In order to achieve this goal, MEPs from different political groups need to express their interest in creating or renewing an Intergroup. We, and other members of Social Economy Europe, our umbrella organization, are gathering the interest of MEPs. At the end of September, Patrizia Toia (S&D, IT), a long-time supporter of social economy, Nicolas Schmit (S&D, LU), MEP and Commissioner-Designate for jobs and Dolors Montserrat (EPP, ES), Leopoldo López (EPP, ES), Sven Giegold (EFA, DE) and Monica Semedo (Renew, LU) sent a letter to the 751 MEPs to encourage them to reestablish the Social Economy Intergroup.

We need everyone to mobilize in order to renew this Intergroup, which is fundamental to raise awareness on the need for more social economy and the benefits of WISEs.

 

 

 

Since its creation, in 1990, the Social economy intergroup, worked as a platform for exchanges between MEPs and members of the civil society. It is an essential link in the democratic process of the EU. Its objectives are :

  • to promote exchanges of views on EU policies and legislation linked to social economy issues,

  • to provide regular opportunities for dialogue between MEPs, social economy experts, European Commission officials, civil society representatives and other relevant stakeholders,

  • to bring together MEPs from all political parties and all member states,

  • to ensure that the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers take into account the social economy and its actors whilst developing their policies.

ENSIE lance son Prix du manager d’entreprise d’insertion

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A propos

Avec le "Prix ENSIE du manager d'entreprise d’insertion", ENSIE cherche à célébrer et reconnaître les pratiques innovantes dans les entreprises d’insertion. A la suite de notre campagne de "Message des travailleurs", nous souhaitons mettre en avant des méthodes innovantes de travail, par exemple dans le domaine du management, de la logistique ou des ressources humaines ainsi que leurs incidence sur les travailleurs. Ces succès devront être facilement reproductibles dans d'autres entreprises d’insertion et dans d'autres pays.

Les candidats devront soumettre de courtes vidéos, des photos ou tout autre outil de communication visuelle décrivant leur entreprise et expliquant leur innovation, l'incidence de cette pratique sur les employés ainsi que le potentiel de reproductibilité.

Qui peut candidater?

Tous les managers d’entreprises d’insertions, qu'ils soient ou non membre d'ENSIE.

Nous considérons comme entreprise d’insertion toute entreprise qui s'identifie aux principes suivants:

  • L’intégration sociale et professionnelle des individus qui souffrent de handicaps sociaux et professionnels en raison de leur exclusion et de leur rôle marginal dans la société ;

  • Le choix de mener leurs activités au sein même du système économique, lequel joue souvent un rôle important dans le phénomène de l’exclusion ;

  • Une forte dimension pédagogique, notamment par la mise en œuvre de programmes éducatifs conçus pour le développement du potentiel individuel (au niveau professionnel et citoyen) au sein de l’entreprise.

Nous considérons comme manager toute personne qui est en charge d’administrer ou de contrôler une entreprise d’insertion, une succursale ou un département dans une entreprise d’insertion.

Procédure de candidature

Les candidats doivent soumettre une courte vidéo (mp4 ou avi) de 2 mn maximum, des photos ou tout autre outils de communication visuelle dans lequel ils présentent leur entreprises et soulignent les points suivants:

  • Quelle pratique innovante mettez-vous en place?

  • Quel est son impact?

  • Quel est son potentiel de transferabilité?

Ils doivent également soumettre le formulaire de candidature ainsi que le formulaire de consentement.

Les candidatures doivent être soumises avant le 30 octobre 2019 par mail ou WeTransfer (si vidéo) à: pauline.bonino@ensie.org

Critères de sélection

Un jury d'experts sélectionnera les trois finalistes et le vainqueur de la compétition en s'appuyant sur les critères suivants:

  • Facteur d'innovation;

  • Impact sur les employés;

  • Transférabilité.

Prix

Les résultats seront proclamés le 15 novembre 2019 pendant l’événement public transnational d'ENSIE à Budapest où les trois finalistes seront invités à faire une présentation et où le vainqueur sera désigné.

Les trois finalistes gagnent un voyage à Budapest (Hongrie).

Nous informerons les trois finalistes au plus tard le 5 novembre 2019.

Autres conditions requises

Les candidats doivent être disponibles pour participer à notre événement à Budapest les 14 et 15 novembre où le vainqueur sera proclamé.

Documents

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EWMA - Formulaire d’inscription

EWMA - Formulaire de consentement

ENSIE is launching its WISE MANAGER AWARD

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About

With the “ENSI WISE Manager Award”, ENSIE aims to celebrate and recognize managerial innovative practices in WISE (Work Integration Social Enterprise). Following our "Workers' messages campaign", we would like to highlight innovative work methodologies, for exemple managerial, logistical and human resources, and their effects on workers. Those success stories should be easily replicated in other WISEs and in other countries.

The applicants must submit short videos, pictures or any other visual communication tool describing their enterprise and explaining why they are innovatives, the impact of their practice on workers and the transferability potential.

Who can apply

Any WISE manager, whether an ENSIE member or not.

We consider as WISE any enterprise whose identifying principles are :

  • The social and professional integration of individuals who due to their exclusion and their relegation to a marginal role in society have fallen victim to increasing social and professional handicaps.

  • Enterprises at the core of the economic system, frequently one of the major factors in the phenomenon of exclusion.

  • Enterprises with a strong pedagogical dimension. The WISEs initiate training and educational programs designed on the basis of existing potential of the target group and develop this individual potential (at professional level and in its participation in society within the enterprise).

We consider as a manager, any person who is in charge of managing a WISE, a branch or a WIISE department.

Application process

Applicants must submit a short video, 2 mn maximum (mp4 or avi), pictures or any other visual communication tools in which they must present their enterprise and highlight the following points :

  • What innovative practices do you implement ?

  • What is the measured impact?

  • What is its potential of transferability?

They should also send the Application form and the Consent form duly completed.

Applications must be submitted before 30th October 2019 at 5 pm via email or WeTransfer (if there is a video) to : pauline.bonino@ensie.org

Selection criteria

A jury of experts will select the winner of the competition based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation factor;

  • Impact on the workers;

  • Transferability.

Prizes

The results will be proclaimed on the 15h November during the ENSIE transnational public event in Budapest and the three finalists will be invited to make a presentation.

The three finalists will have their travel paid to Budapest (HU) where the winner will be proclaimed.

We will inform the three finalists on the 5th November October.

Further requisites

Candidates must be available to take part in our Budapest public event on 14th and 15th November 2019 where the winner will receive its award.

Documentation:

EWMA - Rules

EWMA - Application Form

EWMA - Consent Form

The EESC adopted two important reports for Social economy

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In the last months, the European Economic and Social Council adopted two interesting opinions from SSE point of view, that we hope will be promptly translated into action.

The first opinion, was reported by Alain Coheur, Social Economy Europe Vice-President and was on “Towards an appropriate European legal framework for social economy enterprises”. According to the report, this framework should take into account the characteristics of social economy such as democratic governance or the reinvestment of profits and surpluses. The opinion calls not only for the creation of a legal framework at the European level but also in the Member States. This framework would be based, in particular on the new concept of “limited lucrativity”, which would define all companies that are likely to make profit, but which do not aim to distribute it to their owners, their purpose being solidarity or general interest. It therefore calls for a study to be launched on this concept in order to define it more precisely, based on concrete examples. Finally, it calls for easier access for Social Economy Enterprises to public procurement and for improved freedom of establishment.

The second opinion, more technical, was on “Blockchain and distributed ledger technology as an ideal infrastructure for Social Economy” by Giuseppe Guerini, CECOP President. The report calls for the promotion of civil society organisations at the Observatory Forum of EU blockchains set up by the European Commission. Those organisations can be the guardian in the development of those new technologies so that they will be accessible to all, based on open governance and transparency. In addition, operational applications of blockchain technologies can significantly improve the performance of SSE organisations for their benefits and more specifically that of their end users.


Le CESE a adopté deux rapports importants pour l'économie sociale

Ces derniers mois, le Comité économique et social européen a adopté deux avis intéressants pour l’ESS, que nous espérons voir se concrétiser prochainement.

Le premier avis était d'Alain Coheur, vice-président de Social Economy Europe et avait pour thème « Vers un cadre juridique européen adapté pour les entreprises de l’économie sociale ». La création d’un tel cadre juridique devrait, selon l'avis, prendre en compte les caractéristiques de l’économie sociale comme la gouvernance démocratique ou le réinvestissement de la plupart des profits ou surplus. Un tel cadre devrait exister non seulement au niveau européen mais également dans les Etats membres. L'avis appelle à ce que ce cadre s'appuie sur une nouvelle notion, celle de la lucrativité limitée, qui définirait l’ensemble des entreprises qui sont susceptibles de réaliser un bénéfice, mais qui n’ont pas pour but de le distribuer à leurs propriétaires, leur finalité étant de type solidaire ou d’intérêt général. Il appelle donc à lancer une étude sur cette notion afin de la définir de manière plus précise. Enfin, l'avis demande que les ESS aient plus facilement accès aux marchés publics et à améliorer la liberté d’établissement.

Le second avis, plus technique, concernait : « La technologie des chaînes de blocs et des registres distribués : une infrastructure idéale pour l’économie sociale » et son rapporteur était Giuseppe Guerini, Président de CECOP. Le rapport appelle tout d’abord à promouvoir les organisations de la société civile à l’Observatoire-forum des chaînes de blocs de l’UE mis en place par la Commission, car elles peuvent agir comme garantes dans le développement de cette nouvelle technologie afin qu’elle soit accessible à tous, fondée sur une gouvernance ouverte, et transparente. De plus, ces technologies sont intéressantes pour l'ESS car les applications opérationnelles de la chaîne de blocs peuvent améliorer considérablement les performances des organisations de l’ESS pour leur bénéfice et surtout celui des utilisateurs finaux.

Eurofound Report on Cooperatives and Social Enterprises

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Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions published recently a report on “Cooperatives and social enterprises: Work and employment in selected countries”.

First and foremost, the report confirmed something the SSE sector knew already, that cooperatives and social enterprises have been steadily creating jobs, and more importantly quality jobs, even though the last economic crisis. The report points also out the importance of support measures and their highly positive impact on the sector. Overall it draws a rather positive picture of cooperatives and social enterprises, putting forward their capacity to innovate and to find new markets.
Drawing on this, the report makes several policy proposals, with which ENSIE can only agree. It calls to raise awareness on cooperatives and social enterprises by improving statistical data on the sector, clarify the types and forms of cooperatives and social enterprises, mainstream the sector in enterprises and business education, promote the sector as an alternative to public sector service provision, raise the profile of the sector… It also calls to increase the support to the sector by a better targeting of specific support, seeking to understand why cooperatives and social enterprises do not access more support especially support targeted to the sector, to promote social considerations in public tendering and to support the development of management skills. Overall, this report is a great support for ENSIEs’ actions as it shows that what ENSIE is advocating for is working and is supported by hard evidences.


Rapport d'Eurofound sur les coopératives et les entreprises sociales

Eurofound, la Fondation européenne pour l’amélioration des conditions de vie et de travail a récemment publié un rapport sur « Les coopératives et les entreprises sociales : travail et emploi dans une sélection de pays ».
Ce rapport confirme avant tout ce que le secteur de l’ESS savait déjà, à savoir que les coopératives et les entreprises sociales créent des emplois, et surtout des emplois de qualité, et ce même pendant les périodes de crise économique. Le rapport met ensuite en avant l’importance des mesures de soutien et leur impact positif sur le secteur. Il dresse dans l'ensemble un tableau positif de l’impact des entreprises sociales et des coopératives, mettant en avant leur capacité à innover et à trouver de nouveaux marchés.
Sur cette base, le rapport fait plusieurs propositions politiques, que nous ne pouvons que soutenir. Il appelle à mieux faire connaître les coopératives et les entreprises sociales en améliorant les données statistiques sur le secteur, à clarifier les types et les formes de coopératives et d’entreprises sociales, à intégrer le secteur dans les entreprises et l’éducation commerciale, promouvoir le secteur comme une alternative à la prestation de services par le secteur public et à améliorer la visibilité du secteur. Il appelle ensuite à accroître le soutien au secteur par un meilleur ciblage des actions de soutien, à comprendre pourquoi les coopératives et les entreprises sociales n’ont pas davantage accès aux mesures de soutien, surtout celles destinées au secteur, à favoriser les clauses sociales dans les procédures de marchés publics, et à supporter le développement de compétences de gestion.
Dans l’ensemble, ce rapport vient en soutien à nos actions car il démontre que ce pourquoi nous nous engageons a réellement un impact dans l'économie et qu'il faut poursuivre nos efforts.

ENSIE participated to the UNFSS meeting in Geneva

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ENSIE was delighted to participate on the 26th and 27th June, to a conference in Geneva in the framework of the United Nations Workgroup on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE), on the role of social and solidarity economy in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. This conference resulted from a Call for Papers on “Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?” launched by the UNTFSSE. It aimed to identify and mobilize researches from different regions and territories in order to determine how SSE can contribute to the SDGs.

During the conference, ENSIE participated to various sessions, about good practices on women inclusion on labour market ; the promotion of gender equality ; the evolution of SSE in different local contexts ; theories concepts and impact measurements ; SSE as an Eco-Social approach for the SDGs … ENSIE hopes those inspiring exchange will boost the participation of SSEs in the completion of SDGs.


Conférence de l'UNTFSSE à Genève

Les 26 et 27 juin dernier ont eu lieu à Genève une conférence sur rôle de l’économie sociale et solidaire dans la mise en œuvre des objectifs de développement durable dans le cadre du groupe de travail des Nations Unies sur l’ESS (UNTFSSE). Cette conférence était le fruit de l’appel à communication sur « La mise en œuvre des Objectifs de Développement Durable : Quel rôle pour l’économie sociale et solidaire ? » lancé par le groupe de travail et qui visait à identifier et mobiliser la recherche de différentes régions et territoires pour examiner la manière dont l’ESS peut contribuer aux ODD. Plusieurs sessions ont eu lieu, présentant des bonnes pratiques, sur l’inclusion des femmes sur le marché de l’emploi ou la promotion de l’égalité des genres. D’autres sessions étaient consacrées à le suivi de l’évolution de l’ESS en fonction des contextes locaux ainsi que sur les théories, concepts et la mesure de l’impact social de l’ESS, l’ESS dans le domaine de l’agriculture, l’ESS comme une approche éco-sociale pour les ODD…ENSIE était présent et a participé à de nombreux ateliers.

The EC published two reports on long-term unemployment

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ENSIE participated actively to the redaction of two reports in the framework of a two-year mutual learning project on long-term unemployment developed by the European Social Fund Transnational Platform.

The first on is on job crafting shows that job carving and job crafting are strategies that match needs of companies with those of individuals. For example, job carving consultants liaise with employers and jobseekers to rearrange work tasks, creating tailor-made jobs that people with reduce work capacities can take on. This is a win for both parties as the jobseekers is able to enter a job that fits their abilities and the employers increase efficiency by using skills of employees to their best advantage.

The second report is on active labour market policies (ALMP), which are activities that can increase a person’s skills and their employability. The report explores the way to mesure ‘soft outcomes’ to make this market more effective for jobseekers, instead of the traditional ‘hard outcomes’ (such as if a person moved into employment after participating in the ALMP). It is hard to achieve those outcomes for long-term unemployed. Soft outcomes could be gaining confidence or developing interpersonal skills, they could be transitional stages on the way to achieve the hard outcomes.

Patrizia Bussi, ENSIE Director was invited to participate to the Panel discussion on “Supporting the long-term unemployed: lessons learnt and ways forward” during the closing conference on “Bringing the long-term unemployed back into work” which was held in Brussels on the 27th June.


La Commission européenne publie deux rapports sur le chômage de longue durée

La Commission européenne a récemment publié deux rapports sur les résultats d’un projet d’apprentissage mutuel sur le chômage de longue durée dans le cadre de la Plateforme transnationale du Fonds Social Européen.
Le premier rapport concerne le profilage des postes, qui est une stratégie qui permet de faire correspondre les besoins des entreprises avec ceux des individus. Par exemple, un consultant en profilage de postes fait la liaison entre l’employeur et le demandeur d’emploi pour réarranger les tâches, créer des emplois faits sur-mesure pour les personnes qui ont des capacités de travail réduites. C’est un avantage pour les deux parties puisque le demandeur d’emploi peut rentrer sur le marché du travail dans un emploi qui correspond au mieux à ses capacités et l’employeur peut améliorer son efficacité en utilisant au mieux les compétences d’un employé.
Le second rapport concerne les politique actives du marché du travail (PAMT), qui sont des activités qui augmentent les compétences des personnes et leur employabilité. Le rapport explore des méthodes pour mesurer les capacités nouvellement acquises afin que les demandeurs d’emplois puissent les utiliser au maximum, au lieu des résultats quantifiables (comme le nombre de personnes ayant trouvé un emploi après avoir participé à une PAMT). Ces résultats sont difficiles à atteindre pour les chômeurs de longue durée, alors que les soft outcomes, comme le gain de confiance en soit ou le développement de compétences relationnelles sont tout autant intéressantes et peuvent être une première étape vers un emploi.

ENSIE a participé activement à la rédaction de ces rapports et Patrizia Bussi, directrice de ENSIE a été invite à participé au panel de discussion sur le “soutien aux chômeurs de long durée: enseignement et marche à suivre” pendant la conférence de clôture du projet sur la « Réinsertion professionnelle des chômeurs de longue durée », qui s’est tenue à Bruxelles le 27 juin dernier. Input caption text here. Use the block's Settings tab to change the caption position and set other styles.

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

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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.