Social Enterprises and the Europe 2020 Strategy: innovative solutions for a sustainable Europe

03.10.2012 event

Social Enterprises and the Europe 2020 Strategy: innovative solutions for a sustainable Europe

EESC, Brussels, Belgium

3 October 2012

Within the general framework of the 2012 UN International Year of Cooperatives, the objective of this conference is to actively support social enterprises as significant actors in the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy and of the Single Market.

Particularly in the current period of economic and social crises, social enterprises are able to bring innovative solutions for social cohesion and inclusion, job creation, growth and the promotion of active citizenship. It is precisely the positive impact of social enterprises on society, the environment and communities which can contribute to implementing the Europe 2020 Strategy and the aim of the Single Market Act for a 'highly competitive social market economy'. However, unless a level-playing field for social enterprises is established, with legal, administrative and financial instruments conducive to the development of the sector, the potential of social enterprises will not be unleashed. It is within this context that the Various Interests Group hopes to raise awareness of the importance of the sector and to examine avenues for enhancing its impact, within both Europe and at the international level.

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