• December 2014 - The European Parliament confirms the "Re-establishment of the Social Economy Intergroup"

ENSIE and its members supported Social Economy Europewith "ad hoc" actions addressed to the different national MEPs in order to obtain the re-establishement of the social economy intergroup".

The 11the of December 2014 the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament has officially confirmed the re-establishment of the Social Economy Intergroup.

ENSIE announcement: English

  • November 2014 - European Commission publication: A map of social enterprises and their eco-systems in Europe

In the Social Business Initiative, the Commission identified the need to obtain complete information on the state and development of social enterprises in Europe and evidence for further developing the policy framework.

Therefore, the Commission launched an in-depth study on social entrepreneurship, published in November 2014, mapping the reality of social enterprise in the EU 28 and Switzerland using a common definition and approach.

The study gives an overview of social enterprise eco-systems across countries, including factors constraining their development.

Read the executive summary in English, French or German

Read the synthesis report

Country reports

  • September 2014 - Public consultation "Unlocking the potential of the Social Economy for EU growth"

The Italian government, on the occasion of its presidency of the EU, has decided to launch a public consultation and organize a participatory and large scale event on the role of the Social Economy for EU growth. This initiative is particularly timely as it coincides with the start of the new legislature in the European Parliament and with the installment of the new European Commission. It thus has the opportunity to help influence the agenda for EU policymaking in the coming years.

ENSIE contribution: English

  • 17-18 July 2014 Milan (Italy) - EPSCO meeting

Patrizia Bussi participates in Social Platform’s delegation to the informal EPSCO meeting, meeting of Minister of Employment and Social Affairs.

ENSIE produced the press release: "Social economy is now on the EU Labour Ministers’ agenda!" in order to underline the fact that discussions on social economy took place for the first time at this informal meeting in Milan of the EPSCO Council, under the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

English version of the press release / Version française

  • 3 March 2014 - Declaration of Strasbourg

In January, ENSIE and its members participated in the conference "Social entrepreneurs: Have Your Say!".

The conclusions of the conference lead to the Strasbourg Declaration, summarizing the results of these two days of discussion and the future actions to implement in order to encourage the development of the social economy in the European Union. This declaration represents the point of views of the different stakeholders that participate. Patrizia Bussi, ENSIE coordinator also contributed to its writing. To support the place of social enterprises in the European agenda, we invite you to sign the declaration.

  • 29 February 2012 - Public consultation "European Accessibility Act"

In the framework of its Progress projects and in order to better integrate the cross-cutting issues (e.g. gender, poverty, non discrimination) ENSIE answered to the European consultation with a view on a European Accessibility Act, in collaboration with other Social Econnomy Europe members organisations.

The Commission is reflecting on the development of a European Accessibility Act containing measures to improve the accessibility of goods and services in the European market. This consultation is part of the preparatory data collection that will underpin the assessment of the impact of the measures.

Ensie Contribution: English

  • 10 February 2011 - Public Consultation "Future action to support the promotion and validation of non formal and informal learning"

 Countries around Europe are increasingly emphasising the need to take account of the full range of an individual’s knowledge, skills and competences – not only those acquired at schools, universities or other formal education and training institutions. Recognising all forms of learning is therefore a priority of EU action in education and training. Source: European Commission

ENSIE contribution: English, French