European Economic and Social Committee

ENSIE'S CONTRIBUTION - 28/07/2011. Public Hearing “Social entrepreneurship in Europe” at the European Economic and Social Committee

ENSIE, represented by the policy officer Aurélie Duprés, took the floor during the meeting and then wrote an email to Mrs Rodert in order to explain its disappointment to the EESC approach on social enterprises. This underlines the importance of social enterprises, by defining them as not only work social integration enterprises. ENSIE claimed the need of keeping a positive approach towards the WISEs, and asked the EESC to describe social enterprises as many type of enterprises, and among them, the WISEs.

Read more about the meeting.


Education to combat social exclusion

The European Economic and Social Committee in collaboration with the Tuscan Region, in Italy, organised the 2010 Biennial Conference: “Education to combat social exclusion” in Florence. From the 20th to the 22nd of May Italian and European personalities, as well as many civil society organizations, brought together in order to debate the links between education and social exclusion. The 2010 Biennial Conference went on for three days. During the second day there were three workshops which dealt with the three milestones of social inclusion through education:
Workshop 1 - Education as a gateway to social engagement: the foundations of inclusion; Workshop 2 - Education as a gateway to the labour market: making inclusion real; Workshop 3 - Education as a gateway to the exercise of rights: active inclusion.
Charlotte Gruber, ENSIE’s president, presented the network and its enterprises as creativity actors in time of economic and social crisis.

In April 2008, ENSIE started collaborating with the EESC and Mr. Bloch-Lainé, rapporteur of the opinion on the social experimentation.

Details of the opinion:

 SOC/311 Social Experimentation for inclusion


of the
European Economic and Social Committee
How can social experimentation be used in Europe to develop public active inclusion policies 
(Exploratory opinion)



Rapporteur: M. Bloch-Lainé

Corapporteur: M. Ehnmark (EESC 1082/2008)