Towards a European Action Plan 2017 for Social Economy

Listening to the different speeches of the last social economy intergroup was very reassuring. Jens Nielson,  Co-President of the Social Economy Intergroup, confirmed the European Parliament pushing for a European Action Plan 2017 for Social Economy. Ariane Rodert, Vice-President of the EESC’s Group III, stressed the importance of having this plan. Last but absolutiste not least, Slawomir Tokarski, Director for Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission also if not talking about the plan directly, confirmed that European Commissioners Bienkowska and Thyssen want to leave social economy as an High point of 2017 agenda.


Social Platform Annual Report 2015

2015 was a year of highs and lows. On the one hand we were delighted to celebrate our 20th anniversary, culminating in a panel debate on our achievements and the situation of social Europe – and a couple of tasty birthday cakes! On the other hand, the EU faced a number of social crises, with the migration agenda and the spread of populism taking centre stage.

We worked hard to address these issues, as well as focusing on other areas close to our heart:

  • Access to services
  • EU social standards
  • An EU internal human rights strategy
  • Civil dialogue
  • European governance

Find out more about our work on these areas, as well as our events, publications and our membership in Annual Report 2015!

Conference “Work Integration Social Enterprises in the EU”

ENSIE and ACT Group are pleased to invite you to the conference “Work Integration Social Enterprises in the European Union” which will be held on 24 October in Zagreb, at the Conference Hall of the Houses of Europe starting at 9:30 AM.

The aim of the conference is to inform key stakeholders about the opportunities, challenges and the importance of work integration in social enterprises, present experiences and examples of good practice from several European Union countries and open dialogue on this important topic, in the context of the early stages of the development of social entrepreneurship in Croatia and lack of system work integration of disadvantaged people. The conference will gather social entrepreneurs, representatives of sheltered workshops, civil society organizations engaged in work integration and representatives of state institutions.

The working language is English, and there will be no translation provided (except to Croatian sign language). The draft program of the conference can be found here.

To participate in the conference please register here no later than October 20. We can accept a maximum of 2 representatives per organization; the organizers will confirm your attendance within 48 hours.

The conference is jointly organized by the ACT Group, the European network of social enterprises for work integration – ENSIE, the British Council Croatia and the Croatian Ministry of Labour and Pension System, with the support of the European Parliament, the Information Office of the Republic of Croatia.

Next hearing of the Social Economy Intergroup: Towards a European Action Plan for the social economy

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


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


By e-mail to 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

ENSIE and its members were among the 177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions that signed the Common statement for A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all.

ENSIE and its members were among the 177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions that signed the Common statement for A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all.

Download the statement in English.

Download the statement in French.

Download the statement in Hungarian.

Europe is at a crossroads, and the future of European cooperation and the benefits it brings are at stake. This is about the future of our society and how we want to be viewed by the wider world. The future of our planet and the kind of Europe our children will grow up in.

The current crisis highlights the urgent need to reflect on fundamental questions: how do we ensure that the European project reclaims its promise of peace, democracy and solidarity? How can Europe work for its people? 

Too many people across Europe are dissatisfied and disillusioned with the European Union and feel remote from its institutions and policies. But there are groups of committed politicians, trade unions, community groups and non-governmental organisations across Europe who are ready to take action and work for a renewed Europe. Together, we can shape a Europe that is inclusive, open, just, sustainable, and that works for people of all ages, social backgrounds and nations. 

Where do we go from here to build the Europe we want and need? 

  • Reject populist solutions 
  • Tackle challenges together 
  • Fight for a sustainable, social Europe for people and for our planet 
  • Work for better Europe, not less Europe 
  • Listen and engage 
  • Make the case for Europe

See also the reference of Politico here

URBAN AGENDA for the EU: European cities get their say in EU policy making

At the heart of the Urban Agenda for the EU will be the development of 12 partnerships on 12 identified urban challenges:

1) Inclusion of migrants and refugees;

2) Air quality;

3) Urban poverty;

4) Housing;

5) Circular economy;

6) Jobs and skills in the local economy;

7) Climate adaptation;

8) Energy transition

9) Sustainable use of land and Nature-Based solutions;

10) Urban mobility;

11) Digital transition;

12) Innovative and responsible public procurement.

More info.

YOUTH: Exploring the diversity of NEETs

The concept of NEET (young people not in employment, education of training) is widely used as a tool to inform youth-oriented policies in the 28 member states.  An executive summary is now available, exploring the diversity of NEETs and suggests seven subgroups into which the NEET population can be disaggregated using data for each of these subgroups. Download the publication

GECES Letter to presidend Juncker

ENSIE supports the request from the European Commission Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES) members to incorporate social enterprises and social economy as a priority of the European Commission Work Programme 2017.  View the GECES letter to President Juncker. You can also find it on the GECES website (on the 10th meeting webpage), in order everyone to be able to refer to it if needed. You can also retweet @SocEntEU!

ENSIE General Assembly Meeting in Dublin

Read our article: ENSIE grows again and again, in English, in French.

ENSIE Team and members met in Dublin on the 16 and 17th June.

On the First day, the GAM was organized. ENSIE’s activity report 2015 was presented, three thematic workshops were organized. Thank you to all the participants and welcome to our two new members: Tessea (CZ) and Galileo Progetti (HU).

See Arbeit plus, our Austrian member’s article on the GAM. (DE)

On the second day, the working group meeting on “Impact WISE” took place in the morning, ENSIE team and its members revised the tool with all members’ contributions and programmed the second phase of the data collection (2015) of WISEs in Europe. 

In the afternoon, the final conference of the OUR SOCIAL EUROPE PROJECT took place.
See the Final conference “EUROPE FOR CITIZENS” VIDEO. Special thanks to Deirdre Finlay, European Programmes Coordinator at The Wheel.

European Forum on Social and Solidarity Economy


28 January 2016 - European Parliament - Brussels, Belgium

The draft programme is available on

For registration and info:

Last May, the European United Left/Nordic Confederation Group - GUE/NGL has set as one of its main goals for 2016 the organization of the First European Forum of Social and Solidarity Economy (EFSSE), aiming at promoting an exchange of experiences among the different experiences of the SSE in Europe, highlighting the problems faced by the sector, as well as its potential in tackling the crisis effects and shifting the current worn out economic and cultural paradigms.

Through a set of conferences, workshops and other side-activities the event will bring together more than 250 people, among stakeholders of the SSE, representatives of the European governments and the EU institutions specific actions of political impact will be proposed intended to foster the consolidation and expansion of the SSE within the EU.


The Luxembourg declaration : "A roadmap towards a more comprehensive ecosystem for social economy enterprises", signed by 6 EU Member States (France, Italy, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain).

The declaration states the importance of developing a common understanding of the social economy (respectful of the diversity among Member States), and calls on the European Commission to include and recognise social economy enterprises and organisations in its Internal Market Strategy. The declaration aims to create an informal group of Member States for which social economy promotion at EU level is a political priority.