Commission welcomes agreement to extend and reinforce Investment Plan's European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

The Commission welcomed the agreement between the European Parliament and the Member States regarding the European Fund for Strategic Investments that will be brought up to 500 billion euro by 2020 and be extended to new sectors like sustainable agriculture and fishing...

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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 !