Social Entrepreneurship for Roma Communities

The European Commission published new country reports providing a comprehensive picture of social enterprises and their eco-systems in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Slovakia and Poland.

The reports provide a legal definition of social enterprise and its eco-system (access to market, legal forms, fiscal framework, networks and mutual support mechanisms and access to finance). Furthermore the reports analyse the growing interest in this type of enterprises in Europe, with a very interesting table with an estimated number of social enterprises and employees in these years. Finally, the reports explain the main trends (growing demand for general interest services, increase in number and expansion of social enterprises in new fields of engagement, increasing awareness and demand for a more ethical business…) and challenges (conceptual clarity, relations with public authorities, management skills, legislation…).

Although the reports focus in particular countries, they can be very useful and their remarks could be extrapolated to other countries with similar challenges.

You can access the reports here.

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