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SEN#30May 2024

The necessary convergence between Social Economy and Social Enterprises

By Deolinda Meira, Professor of Commercial Law at the Polytechnic of Porto/ISCAP/CEOS.PP. Member of the Portuguese National Council for the Social Economy

"In general terms, and considering the legislative mosaic and the various international and European Union documents, social enterprises should be understood as entities of a private nature, autonomous and independent from the state (although they may involve the participation of public entities), that necessarily incorporate three dimensions: social, economic, and governance, and are governed by the guiding principles of the Social Economy, thus being intrinsically linked to this sector."

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Highlights

One year of the UN General Assembly Resolution promoting the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) for sustainable development

On April 18, 2024, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) hosted an anniversary webinar on the adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution promoting the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) for sustainable development. The event featured regional updates and reflections and attracted nearly 400 registrants from 65 countries.

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The european social economy is accelerating its campaign of dissemination and proposals ahead of the European Parliament elections

The upcoming European Parliament elections will take place from June 6 to 9, 2024. On the occasion of this important moment, the European social economy has presented multiple documents with its main demands and proposals. Specifically, Social Economy Europe (SEE) has widely disseminated its Memorandum and has held meetings with various Members of the European Parliament, parties, and groupings of the EU.

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Call for Papers for the 34th International CIRIEC Congress – Costa Rica, 16-17-18 October 2024

CIRIEC International, the Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED) of Costa Rica and CIRIEC-Costa Rica are pleased to convene the 34th CIRIEC International Congress on Public, Social and Cooperative Economy. The Congress will be held on 16, 17 and 18 October 2024 at the ANDE International Convention Centre (CIC) in Belen, Costa Rica, under the theme ‘What strategies for a territorial and human development?’.

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Open Calls for Social Economy Enterprises for Green Transition

Micro and small social economy enterprises often lack resources and opportunities to engage in green transition processes. The transnational initiative "Skills for Transition: Increasing the Impact of Small Social Economy Enterprises (SKI.F.T.)" aims to provide solutions, as does the SOFIGREEN project, which will benefit 90 SMEs.

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Social Platform warns that the EU fiscal reform may hinder, rather than promote, a just transition and a sustainable and equitable Europe

After several years of intense negotiations, the EU institutions have agreed on the reform of the Union's fiscal rules, which could signal a return to the austerity policies of the past decade. For Social Platform, the main platform for European social organizations, "instead of seizing this opportunity to create fiscal rules that can respond to Europe’s current and future challenges, the final outcome has fallen far short of expectations." As part of the Fiscal Matters coalition and alongside other civil society actors, trade unions, and political figures, Social Platform has expressed concerns that the new rules risk hindering, rather than promoting, a just transition and a sustainable and equitable Europe.

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The European Disability Forum presents its intense activity in defending the rights of persons with disabilities at its assembly in Ljubljana

A hundred participants gathered in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on May 11 and 12, 2024, for the Annual General Assembly of the European Disability Forum (EDF). The Slovenian National Disability Council – NSIOS – hosted the event, which included a pre-conference on "Technology in Employment. A Step Towards Inclusion."

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Research and Studies

Letta Report, "Much More Than a Market"

The report devotes significant attention to the Social Economy (SE), recognizing its crucial role in enhancing the social dimension of the Single Market by promoting social justice, cohesion, and inclusive prosperity.

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Review of International Cooperation - Special issues on the Cooperative Identity

The first volume provides a comprehensive exploration of Cooperative Identity, examining its implementation, diversity, and challenges across different contexts and historical traditions. In the second volume the implementation of the Cooperative Identity in cooperative businesses and its institutionalization through various fields are examined.

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Social Economy Schedule

AMICE Congress: The Art of Mutuality. 3-4 June 2024, Bilbao, Spain

The ninth AMICE Congress will take place on 3-4 June 2024 in Bilbao, Spain. The host for this edition is AMICE member, Seguros Lagun Aro. The theme for this edition is “The Art of Mutuality: People, Purpose, Potential”. Since its launch eighteen years ago, the AMICE Congress has become the most important event at which European mutual and cooperative insurers, their trading partners and EU policymakers meet and discuss the latest regulatory, legislative and international developments that are likely to affect their business.

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European Microfinance Network (EMN) Annual Conference in Bucharest, 20-21 June

The conference will be preceded by a series of activities, including the General Assembly of the Network, which will take place on 19 June. Created in 2003 by Adie - France, NEF - UK and evers&jung - Germany, and with the support of the European Commission and the French Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC), the European Microfinance Network is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation that promotes microfinance as a tool to fight social and financial exclusion in Europe through self-employment and microenterprise creation.

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Congress commemorating 10 years of the French SSE Law - Paris, 12-13 June 2024

The members of SSE France, its President Jérome Saddier as well as the many partners of the event invite you to a new milestone in the history of the SSE: the Congress commemorating 10 years of the French law on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE). This event will be entirely dedicated to exchange, debate and reflection, in order to write the next 10 years in the service of the development of the SSE.

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34th CIRIEC International Congress - Costa Rica, 16-18 October 2024

The 34th CIRIEC International Congress on Public, Social and Cooperative Economy will take place in Costa Rica on 16-18 October 2024, organised by UNED Costa Rica and CIRIEC. The theme will be "Strategies for territorial and human development". The Congress website and the call for papers are now available.

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