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.

Launch of Facebook competition ‘Selfie on the workspace’

The European Network of Social Integration Enterprises is launching the Facebook competition ‘Selfie on the workspace’. The objective of the contest is to show the diversity of workers and work places of work integration social enterprises in Europe.

The Facebook contest will run from April 24 to May 25, 2017. It is open to the workers of the work integration social enterprises of ENSIE’s members.

See the competition Facebook page

Rules of the competition in English or in French

Contribution of our policy officer during the conference 'The European Pillar of Social Rights: Going forward together'

Conference 'The European Pillar of Social Rights: Going forward together'

After the consultation process, the Commission held a European conference on the Pillar of Social Rights in January 2017 which was an important milestone in wrapping up the consultation and defining the future direction of the European Pillar of Social Rights. See the contribution of our policy officer on this initiative on this page.

60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: social economy’s contribution to economic, social and territorial cohesion in Europe

On Tuesday 7th March will take place the at the EESC the Social Economy Intergroup public hearing hearing 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: social economy’s contribution to economic, social and territorial cohesion in Europe.

On the occasion of this important anniversary, the Social Economy Intergroup has decided to join the ongoing debate on the future of Europe aiming to show that the social economy is a crucial part of the European economic landscape, that will continue playing a key role to “ensure the economic and social progress” of the European Union in the coming years. 

Investing in services for the well-being of people: A collection of case studies

Last year, Social Platform collected 15 case studies from itsmembers, their national members and partners to illustrate the positive impact that investment in health, housing, employment and education services can have on both the economic and social situation of EU Member States. The 14 case studies demonstrate how a social investment approach to the provision of services advances the well-being of people in practice.

ENSIE provided a case study on work integration for people in vulnerable situations through social economy: an example from our Spanish member network, Insertadix del Mediterraneo & Aromas y Colores VI.

Read the full publication

Read the Spanish case study


Social Economy Europe delegation meets Commissioner Thyssen for an Action Plan for the social economy

On January 20th, SEE delegation (Juan Antonio Pedreño, Patrizia Bussi and Victor Meseguer) met Commissioner Thyssen, responsible for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.

Commissioner Thyssen underlined that the Commission has paid close attention to the requests from the Member States, the Parliament, the EESC, GECES and the social economy’s representative organisations. Thus, she stressed that the Commission is fully committed to support the further development of social economy enterprises in Europe. In the same way, she explained that she will continue working with Commissioner Bieńkowska on an Action Plan for the social economy and, particularly, for social enterprises.

Ms. Thyssen emphasised that concrete actions to boost quality jobs creation by social economy enterprises, to increase the visibility of social economy entrepreneurship models, or to improve their access to finance and EU funding, cannot wait. Consequently, the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative adopted by the Commission in November, includes actions in favour of the social economy; and decided to use a further EFSI contribution to complement the EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) financial instruments for social enterprises and microfinance, and help it increase from 193 million euro to about one billion euro.

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State of play of the transposition of the EU public procurement Directive

ENSIE presented the state of play of the transposition of the EU public procurement Directive at two occasions in November, during the conference on social economy organised by the Slovak Presidency and during the seminar on public procurement organised by Eurocities.

More information can be found on our webpage dedicated to public procurement.

Invitation to the conference "L'économie sociale et solidaire, quelle place pour les femmes?"

ENSIE and the European Women's Lobby are pleased to invite you to the next conference of the WEstart project organized by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social and solidarity Economy of Luxembourg, with the collaboration of ULESS.

The results of the first mapping on Women's social entrepreneurship in Luxembourg will be presented.

Wednesday 14 December 2016 From 16:00 - 18:00
@ L'Abbaye Neumünster
28, rue de Münster L-2160 Luxembourg

See the programme of the conference

Information and registration: Fatima Mestre:


The European Solidarity Corps - members contribution

ENSIE welcomes the opportunities provided by the European Solidarity Corps for the young people but also for the Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISEs). This Corps can help in promoting solidarity, one principle at the basis of WISEs and social economy, and in strengthening the skills of young people in Europe today. ENSIE very much appreciates the Corps in its voluntary strand but is concerned about the implementation of the occupational strand.

Read the contributions of ENSIE’s members