The Social Business Initiative Communication states that "the Commission … shall … set up a consultative multi-stakeholder group on social business to examine the progress of the measures envisaged in this Communication … this group could be made up of representatives of the Member States, local authorities, social entrepreneurs' organisations, the banking and finance sector and the academic and university sector."

The group (GECES) was therefore set up for 6 years (2012 – 2017), and will be consulted by the Commission, on the opportunity, development, setting up and implementation of all the actions mentioned in the SBI, or further development of social entrepreneurship and social economy.

ENSIE director (Patrizia Bussi) as well as other representatives of ENSIE's members (Judith Puerhinger, Dolores Korces) were part of the first round of expert of the group. ENSIE team keeps participating in the GECES meetings as an observer.

The GECES meetings

More information on these meetings on the European Commission dedicated page.

22/01/2019 - ENSIE is part of the GECES working group “Social Cluster”

We are pleased to inform you that the ENSIE’s application for the working group “The role of clusters and similar forms of business cooperation in fostering the development of social economy” has been accepted. The first meeting of the working group on Social Clusters will take place on 7 March in Brussels

Read the note with the description of the working group

October 2018 - ENSIE in the European Commission Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES)

Patrizia Bussi, ENSIE's Director, will represent the Network in the European Commission Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES) for the period 2018-2024. ENSIE through its expertise will contribute and push forward the reinforcement of the actors in work integration social enterprises. The GECES will massively benefit from the continued involvement of ENSIE in its activities.


This conference on social economy as a key player in providing answers to current societal challenges was organised under the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic, in cooperation with the European Commission, in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Bratislava Declaration on social economy as a key player in providing answers to current societal challenges was adopted at the conference by Cyprus, Slovenia, Romania, Italy, Slovak Republic, Luxembourg, Spain, Czech Republic, France and Greece.

More information about the conference

5/07/2016 - 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!

6/12/2016 - GECES report on Social Economy and Social Enterprises

GECES report 'Social enterprises and the social economy going forward - A call for action from the Commission Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES)' is now available online. This report proposes key recommendations to support the growth of social enterprises and social economy.

More information on the report on DG Growth website.

Sub-group on social impact measurement

Patrizia Bussi was also involved in the sub-group on social impact measurement.

The Single Market Act II  states that “the Commission will develop a methodology to measure the socio-economic benefits created by social enterprises. The development of rigorous and systematic measurements of social enterprises’ impact on the community … is essential to demonstrate that the money invested in social enterprises yields high savings and income”. The GECES sub-group was therefore set up in October 2012 to agree upon a European methodology which could be applied across the European social economy.

On 3 June 2014, the GECES adopted the sub-group report (also available in DE, ES, FR, IT, PL) in a vote via a formal written procedure. An absolute majority (39 out of 72 members) explicitly voted 'yes'. There was one 'no' vote. It was mentioned in the call for the vote the non-expression of a position would be considered as an implicit vote in favour of the adoption of the report.


ENSIE Contribution to the Social Business Initiative

2011 - Consultation 'The Social Business Initiative: Promoting Social Investment Funds'

2012 - ENSIE Position on the Social Business Initiative in English and French

2013 - Joint note 'ENSIE-Social Platform' concerning art 17 of the public procurement directive proposal - reserved contracts, presented during the GECES meeting 6/06

2014 - ENSIE attends the European conference "Social entrepreneurs: Have Your Say!" and produce a Press Release on the Declaration of Strasbourg.

English version of the press release / Version française