SOCIAL SEEDS HIGH LEVEL DISSEMINATION EVENT
Leveraging Social Enterprises for a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable Europe
On the 17th and 18th of November, Social Seeds will host its online High Level Dissemination event. Under the title “Leveraging Social Enterprises for a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable Europe” the event will gather an expert panel of policy makers and representatives of key social economy organisations to present a broad overview of the state of play of Europe’s social economy, and the achievements of the Interreg Europe Social Seeds project.
Not only has the European Commission invested significant efforts and funds in the social economy sector in the past years, it has reaffirmed its continued commitment through the appointment of Nicolas Schmit as Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights and his mandate to develop a Social Economy Action plan. Moreover, the global outbreak of COVID-19 has further stressed the importance of the social economy sector, offering an immediate reply to urgent needs by providing services of general interest and being on the frontline helping vulnerable groups. Social enterprises are playing a crucial role in the European socio-economic landscape, making our societies more resilient, inclusive and sustainable. With the kind support of Interreg Europe, the European Commission’s DG Grow, the European Association of Development Agencies, Social Economy Europe and OECD, this event will highlight the current state of Europe’s social economy landscape and will offer the audience a glimpse into what’s to come. The audience will get to hear first-hand from regional policy makers what lessons they learned from the implementation of the Social Seeds project, and how this affected their regional action plans.
On the first day of the event, the Social Seeds’ project partners will explain how they supported social enterprises in the different regional ecosystems and the considerations they had to take into account. Furthermore, two exceptional speakers will make the session a very interesting one for those keen on learning more about the EU efforts in support of the sector. A representative of the Joint Secretariat of Interreg Europe will present the programme and the state of play of interregional cooperation, while Mrs Ulla Engelmann from the European Commission’s DG Grow will address the latest European initiatives with an emphasis on those supporting social economy and social enterprises.
On the second day, we will give the floor to the social entrepreneurs themselves, who will share how they benefitted from the Social Seeds’ support. These entrepreneurs will highlight several aspects of the social economy sector, showing the transversality of the project and illustrating how a project like Social Seeds can become an essential tool for the development of social enterprises. Mr Max Bulakovskiy of OECD will introduce the session and will touch upon the tools and support programmes his organisation has carried out to boost social entrepreneurship, and the role policy can play in supporting the development of the sector.
Both days will be expertly moderated, namely by Mrs Patrizia Bussi of the European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ensie) and by Mr Víctor Meseguer, Director of Social Economy Europe.