The INNO-WISEs project starts to make social enterprises more competitive


29/08/2017 - MILAN, ITALY

The project, financed by the Central Europe Interregional program, aims at proposing ideas, models and services that can make social enterprises more innovative and competitive by reducing the existing technological and business gap and stimulating a switch in mentality.

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European Solidarity Corps: jobs and traineeships on track

Launched in December 2016, this program offers solidarity-related jobs, traineeships or voluntary placements in different fields: healthcare, social integration, environmental protection, assistance for migrants and refugees, or food aid. Led by the French Public Employment Service (Pôle Emploi) and the Italian National Agency for active labour policies (ANPAL), the project aims to place 100 000 young people by 2020. Interested? Find out the documents here and here. 

To register your organisation, send a email to the following adresses: or info on the project. 

Romanian government passed an emergency decree that could have disastrous consequences on social enterprises

In order to meet tax obligations from the EU Stability and Growth Pact, the Romanian Government has just forbidden to private firms to buy from protective employment units employing disabled people in order to achieve the employment rate stated by the law. Two solutions are left for them: direct employment through quotas or to pay fines, which could help the state finances. Nevertheless, the impact would be significant employment possibilities for social economy sector.

ENSIE thus supports Romanian civil society organisations in this regard.

See ENSIE press release


EESC civil society prize 2017

The EESC civil society prize will take place on 7 December 2017. 
The subject this year is: “Innovative projects to promote quality employment and entrepreneurship of the future of work”. This prize will reward civil society organisations and/or individuals and which aim at the labour market integration of newcomers and all the people who are distant from the labour market and require specific support.
Deadline for applications: 8 September 2017. 

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106th International Labour Conference adopted the Recommendations concerning Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience

The 106th International Labour Conference adopted the Recommendations concerning Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience. Those include guidelines on vulnerable groups integration as such as migrants, refugees or disabled people. It points out that Member States should develop targeted labour market policies and programs in accordance with their national laws.

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Join us in Ghent for ENSIE's event 'Work Integration Social Enterprises going forward'

This Friday, 16th of June 2017, ENSIE and its members will meet in Ghent to discuss about the future of Work Integration Social Enterprises during the public event 'WISEs going forward'.

An occasion to reward the winners of our Facebook competition 'Selfie on the workspace', to discuss with European Commission's representatives on the next steps to further promote our enterprises and to do an interesting study visit.

See the programme in English and French and join us this Friday !

CONGRATULATIONS to the three finalists of our competition 'Selfie on the workspace'

CONGRATULATIONS to the three finalists of our competition 'Selfie on the workspace':
UtilDeco from Romania, Francesco d'Assisi Coop. Soc. Onlus from Italy and Алекса Живковић from Serbia !

And many thanks to all participants for the lovely selfies posted on our page: Dobrovita, Čateks, ACT Konto, Humana Nova, Grupexit, Fundació Formació i Treball, Sarah Windhofer, Georges Tabacchi, Patrizia Bussi 😀

Let's meet next week in Ghent for the award ceremony ! Stay tuned !!!

The European Commission is interested in work integration social enterprises

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The European Commission is increasingly interested in work integration social enterprises (WISE), social enterprises in the broader sense and the social economy. Last week, on Tuesday 16 May 2017, 4 European Commission officials, representatives of 3 Directorates-General (DGs), visited some work integration social enterprises in Liège, Belgium where the ENSIE network has its operational headquarters.

Ms Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit in DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and her colleague Mrs Estelle Bacconnier were accompanied by Mrs Patricia Pedelabat from DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and Mrs Sonja Nita from DG for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations. They discovered the work integration social enterprises of the Groupe Terre that deals, notably, with waste collection, sorting, recycling and recovery, acoustic insulation, construction and social move. The enterprises of Groupe Terre applies a participatory management, a form of enterprise government organizing the direct expression of workers.

This visit as well as the creation of an internal task force bringing together several services of the European Commission and the implementation of concrete actions for 2017-2018 reflect the growing interest of the Commission towards our companies and workers.

Ulla Engelmann: "This visit of Group Terre perfectly illustrated the significant role that social economy enterprises play to create jobs in the EU, and to actively encourage their employees to participate in the management of their company. I was personally very impressed by the ability of Groupe Terre to permanently reinvent new ways of creating/maintaining jobs, while remaining sufficiently competitive to operate in the market economy. Many thanks to those who organised this very enriching visit and to the employees who explained their jobs to us. We wish you continued success for the future!"

ENSIE, its member networks and work integration social enterprises are more than happy about these new initiatives and are willing to continue working with the Member States to ensure a positive impact on the ground, benefiting to work integration social enterprises and the most disadvantaged people.