Social Entrepreneurship for Roma Communities

On 28 June the European Economic Social Committee organised the 2nd European Day of Social Economy Enterprises, bringing together a variety of social economy players and policy makers, in order to consider the future of social economy in Europe. Social economy has a potential to contribute to the integration of migrants, development of new economic models and cohesion, which is why we should use it to “shape the Europe of tomorrow.”

To this end, four representatives of social enterprises were invited to share their experience in the field of social economy. These included an innovative urban agriculture project (Permafungi), a project aimed at empowering refugee women (Solidarity salt), an on-line platform, looking to foster solidarity through the redistribution of uneaten food (HopHop food) and a social economy enterprise incubator (6zero1). Following these presentations, event participants formed smaller groups, in order to discuss new economic models, integration of migrants and territorial cohesion.
In conclusion, although some steps have been made towards achieving a more social Europe it is imperative that we persevere, because as explained by Martin Siecker, president of the EESC’s Section for the Single Market Production and Consumption “the social economy is not just an economic model; it is the solution to recover from the crisis, create equality and make Europe more resilient and competitive.”

Event information: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.events-and-activities-eu-day-soc-economy

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