Work integration structures are now recognised as stakeholders of professional training of disadvantage people in France

After lenghty negotations, la Fédération des entreprises d’insertion - France, in consultation with work integration networks, succeds to integrate connection between “alternance” (sandwich system) and work integration in the Interbranch/Interprofessional national agreement (ANI) on the personal training signed by social partners.

Impact Conference 2018 : ACT Group important and big event

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On 14 & 15th February Impact 2018 was organized in Zagreb. This conference purpose was to make a difference through businesses, nonprofits and social enterprises. Impact conference was the opportunity that pioneers of social impact gathered under one roof to showcase the best practices from around the world. By these exchanges, the main mission is to accelerate social change by boosting the connections, funding and visibility of change-makers.

Impact 2018 is the first conference of its kind in South East Europe. During these two days, participants experience TED-style talks, engaging panel discussions, pitch sessions and much more all with one underlying theme: how to make the world a better place. This conference is dedicated to connecting everyone creating a positive impact.



The 3rd edition of the National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship took place this on November 24th 2017 in Tekwill, Chisinau, Moldova. It is the most important event of the year in Republic of Moldova for all actors of social economy. The overall objective of the conference is to strengthen the role of social enterprises as promoters of positive change towards an inclusive society. The conference gives participants the chance to extend their network, to interact with various local and international experts from Belgium, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, Romania, who will motivate by inspiring and entertaining speeches other social initiatives. The event also allows the opportunity to know closely successful stories via an exhibition of Moldavian social enterprises. 

The event is part of the "Social Entrepreneurship" program of the Eco-Razeni Association, implemented with the financial support of IM Swedish Development Partner, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Attaché for Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Austrian Embassy Chisinau. »

In his speech on « Democracy and social enterprise » Xavier Roberti - representing ENSIE member Groupe Terre from Belgium - explained the guidance of participative management based on the experience of their social enterprise.

Moldova has to face a crucial challenge, as social enterprises – which are living a thriving phase – still struggle with social and cultural changes and corruption in public authorities which affect the economic system. The good news is that a bill was passed a few weeks, introducing tax incentives and inducements from the local public administration authorities in order to promote the development of social entrepreneurship.

ENSIE congratulates "Eco-Razeni" and its president Sergiu Gurau for their remarkable work and hopes to welcome them as members of our network soon.

ULESS works in order to support social and solidarity economy organizations

In November the Luxembourg Justice Minister gave clear indications as regards the evolution of the law on non-profit associations and foundations, which will evolve in the direction of greater legal certainty, administrative simplification, greater transparency and greater consistency. 

ULESS is working in order to support social and solidarity economy organizations wishing to concretely envisage a transition from the non-profit organization and / or foundation to the social impact society scheme. Find more information here

ULESS invites your to its participative debate 'Non profit association and societies with social impact

Together with Chamber of commerce and with the support of COPAS & EGCA, our member ULESS is organising a participative debate on 'Non profit association and societies with social impact'


@ Centre de conférences de la Chambre de Commerce - 7, rue Alcide de Gasperi, Luxembourg-Kirchberg

More information

La Fédération des Entreprises d'Insertion : Publication of 2017 key figures


"La Federation des Entreprises d’Insertion", from France, published figures result from the economic and social data that the federation collects each year from its member companies cumulative turnover, breakdown by sector of activity, number of employees. This publication can be consulted online or downloaded here

Pioneering role of the University of Luxembourg in taking social criteria into account in public contracts

ULESS salutes the pioneering role of the University of Luxembourg in taking social criteria into account when awarding public contracts. Since 2014, ULESS has strongly advocated that the awarding of public procurement is no longer decided solely on the basis of the lowest price, but also taking into account the social and environmental characteristics of the tenders. ULESS guide on social consideration in public procurement.

Read the guide published by ULESS on the use of public procurement (french only)

ENSIE supports Romanian civil society organisations!

On August 4th 2017, the Government adopted an ordinance (60/2017) which includes, together with several very welcomed social protection measures for persons with disabilities, a set of decisions with extremely negative consequences on their employment status. These decisions refer to immediate changes in the implementation of the quota system[1]. More concretely, from September 1st 2017 the companies or institutions with over 50 employees, who do not hire at least 4% of persons with disabilities (known as the “quota system”), lose their option to buy products from sheltered units (most of them being social economy enterprises). Instead, they only have to pay a financial penalty to the State budget, compensating this lack of compliance with the quota regulation.

By consequence this ordinance will put in danger the existence of approximately 740 Romanian sheltered units, who employ 4000 workers, among which 2000 are persons with disabilities having reduced employability chances on the free market.

See the FONSS request for support letter

See ENSIE press release


[1] The quota system was introduced in 2006, by the Law 448 on the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities  

arbeit plus invites you to its conference 'Back to work, now!'

Our Austrian member arbeit plus is organising the conference 'Back to work, now!' - a European conference on creating jobs for long-term unemployed over-50s

Join us on 21/09/2017 in Vienna, Austria

ENSIE and its members Chantier Ecole, La fédération des entreprises d'insertion and RES will be pleased to welcoming you with arbeit plus.

See the programme

Social investment in Spain: Insertadix del Mediterraneo & Aromas y Colores VI

Insertadix del Mediterraneo & Aromas y Colores VI (Spain): Work integration for people in vulnerable situations through the social economy

This case study is part of a collection of 'Social Investment' case studies published by Social Platform in cooperation with its members and includes the example of an initiative from our member FAEDEI.

Read the full publication


Our member Consorzio EVT invites you to its event on Social Innovation

Consortium EVT is organizing, in collaboration with Scuola Centrale Formazione ( and AICCON (, two workshops on the topics of "Occupational welfare" and “Social impact assessment” - 2 & 3 March @ Bertinoro, Italy

EVT will host 4 persons from ENSIE network.



Registration and information: Rebecca Minghetti,