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SEN#11May 2022

An Ever-Increasing Interest in Social and Cooperative Economy

By Marco Marini, Full Professor of Economics at the University of Rome La Sapienza, Editor-in-chief of Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics

As Editor-in-chief of Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics (APCE), I had the possibility to deepen my knowledge on a few topics of public, social and cooperative economy.  Founded in 1908 by Edgard Milhaud, a young French professor of Political Economy at the University of Geneva, APCE is by all means the oldest and one of the most prestigious journals on social and cooperative economy currently in circulation.

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Social Economy, the Future of Europe', European Social Economy Conference on 5 and 6 May in Strasbourg

On 5 and 6 May 2022, the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès in Strasbourg will host the Conference 'The Social Economy, the Future of Europe', the first major EU face-to-face event since the beginning of the pandemic and since the adoption, in December 2022, of the European Social Economy Action Plan. The event is expected to mobilise more than 1,000 people, including social economy actors, experts and representatives of European institutions and governments.

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33rd CIRIEC International Congress - Valencia, 13-15 June 2022. Last days to register

The 33rd International Congress of the International Centre of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy (CIRIEC) will be held in Valencia (Spain) on the 13th, 14th and 15th June 2022. The Congress will be held under the theme “New global dynamics in the post-Covid era: challenges for the public, social and cooperative economy”. Early bird rates are available until Friday, 6 May. After that, registration will be open until 6 June.

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10th anniversary of the Spanish Social Economy Law

In 2011, Spain was the first EU Member State to pass a Social Economy framework law with the consensus of all political groups.

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Spain: Great success for the 3rd University Week of the Social Economy: many participation and activites

The 3rd University Week of the Social Economy ended on 31 March, after ten days of a great intensity of events, with a total of 134 activities in 36 universities, in which more than 5,000 people participated. Once again, a great success for the ENUIES Network of CIRIEC-Spain, whose objective was to raise awareness of the intense university teaching and research activity on the sector of cooperatives, worker-owned companies, mutual societies, social enterprises and the third sector.

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Research and Studies

Designing Legal Frameworks for Social Enterprises

OECD has just published the manual ‘Designing Legal Frameworks for Social Enterprises’ This manual was produced by the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE,) led by Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director. This Manual provides guidance to help policy makers assess the rationale and relevance for developing new or updating legal frameworks specific to social enterprises.

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New ILO Report on ‘Decent Work and the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE)’

The report will form the basis, along with a set of points for discussion, for the general discussion at the committee on decent work and the SSE during the 110th International Labour Conference (27 May-11 June 2022).

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Pour une économie de la réconciliation. Faire de l'ESS la norme de l'économie de demain

" Pour une économie de la réconciliation. Faire de l'ESS la norme de l'économie de demain ": Jérôme Saddier, President of ESS France and vice-president of Social Economy Europe, releases a personal and political essay on how the SSE can and should be a lever for the global transformation of society.

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Social Economy barometers in Romania 2021 - access to finance, public social procurement

The last research reports on social economy in Romania are now available in English. Ancuta Vamesu has coordinated these reports for Alaturi de Voi Foundation Romania, which runs the Social Enterprises Accelerator in Romania.

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Social Economy Schedule

2nd CIRIEC-Mexico International Research Congress - Acapulco, 19 and 20 May

The Board of Directors of the Mexico Chapter of CIRIEC invites researchers and teachers focused on the study and teaching of the SSE, public officials, cooperativists and members of social enterprises and cooperatives, community movements, ejidos and agrarian nuclei and the general public to participate in the work of the Second International Research Congress of Ciriec-Mexico: "The social and solidarity economy in movement", which will take place on 19 and 20 May 2022, in the facilities of the Autonomous University of Guerrero, located in the city and port of Acapulco.


FEBEA Conference and General Assembly - Barcelona, 23rd and 24th May

The FEBEA Annual conference brings together practitioners and experts in the filed of ethical finance and social economy at European and international level. The FEBEA annual event is an unique opportunity to exchange on the challenges and opportunities faced by ethical finance actors with respect to the changing social and political context.


2022 General Assembly of Cooperatives Europe - Cardiff, Wales, 24 and 25 may

The regional organisation of the ICA in Europe, Cooperatives Europe, will organise the 2022 General Assembly in Cardiff (UK). It aims to explore and leverage the extraordinary dynamism displayed by cooperatives in the past two years. This event will be held in a hybrid format and will also offer participants to attend the event virtually.


June 8 - 10: AMICE Congress: The Art of Resilience

The AMICE Congress is the leading European mutual/cooperative insurance industry event, a trusted platform bringing colleagues together from across Europe. Returning as an in-person event this year, the AMICE Congress will take place on 08-10 June 2022 in Wiesbaden and Mainz, Germany.



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