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  • 13 Dec 2016
    Europe's next leaders: the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative Ongoing References: INT/812 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Svensson (Workers - GR II / Sweden) Co-rapporteur: Ms Rodert (Various interests - GR III / Sweden)

    According to the key findings from a 2016 public consultation carried out by the Commission: start-ups looking to scale up still face too many regulatory and administrative barriers especially in cross-border situations, for both start-ups and scale-ups too few opportunities exist for potential partners, and accessing finance is one of the biggest barrier to scaling up. In this Opinion, the EESC assesses the Commission's proposed solutions to these issues.

  • 25 May 2016
    Innovation as a driver of new business models Adopted References: INT/778 EESC-2016-00078-00-00-AC-TRA Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Ms Ariane Rodert (Various interests - GR III / Sweden) Co-rapporteur: Mr Oliver Röpke (Workers - GR II / Austria) Plenary Session: 517 - 25 May 2016 - 26 May 2016 OJ C 303, 19.8.2016, p. 28

    Europe is facing complex challenges calling for renewed social and economic models. To deliver progress, growth and wellbeing in Europe, a shift towards an innovation-based economy is needed. The EESC therefore calls on the European Commission to develop a policy framework to support these new business models emerging. The EESC calls on the Commission in the upcoming review of the Single Market strategy, due in 2017, to fully incorporate these new business models, and suggest new measures in this direction. It is crucial that Member States and the European Institutions fully recognise and promote "fairer" business models, which are centred on delivering innovation for social development by integrating social impact measurement in parallel to reporting economic progress.

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  • 16 Sep 2015
    Financial ecosystem/social enterprises Adopted References: INT/770 EESC-2015-03146-00-00-AC-TRA Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Ms Ariane Rodert & Ms Marie Zvolská Plenary Session: 510 - 16 Sep 2015 - 17 Sep 2015 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 13, 15.1.2016, p. 152

    Exploratory opinion requested by the Luxembourg presidency

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  • 11 Sep 2014
    Social Impact Investment Adopted References: INT/747 EESC-2014-03794-00-00-AC-TRA Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ms Ariane Rodert (Various interests - GR III / Sweden) Plenary Session: 501 - 10 Sep 2014 - 11 Sep 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 458, 19.12.2014, p. 14

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  • 10 Dec 2013
    Social Impact Measurement Adopted References: INT/721 EESC-2013-6135 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ms Ariane Rodert (Various interests - GR III / Sweden) Plenary Session: 494 - 10 Dec 2013 - 11 Dec 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 170, 05.06.2014, p.18

    The EESC welcomes the debate on social impact measurements for social enterprises. However it feels that an incorrect or rushed approach may counteract the EU Institutions’ aim to support the development of the social enterprise sector. The EESC therefore urges the Commission to prioritise further awareness-raising and full implementation of the Social Business Initiative agenda. It recommends that, rather than developing a new method, the Commission build awareness of the most commonly used principles.

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  • 23 May 2012
    European Social Entrepreneurship Funds Adopted References: INT/623 EESC-2012-1294 Referral - Rapporteur: Ms Ariane Rodert (Various interests - GR III / Sweden) Plenary Session: 481 - 23 May 2012 - 24 May 2012 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 229, 31.07.2012, p. 55

    The EESC welcomes the Commission proposal but highlights the fact that it can only be one component of dedicated financial instruments for social businesses. The Committee reminds the Commission that some elements of the proposal have to be clarified in order to allow such funds to be successful, both for the financial community and for the final beneficiaries.

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  • 23 May 2012
    Social Business Initiative Adopted References: INT/606 EESC-2012-1292 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Giuseppe Guerini (Various interests - GR III / Italy) Plenary Session: 481 - 23 May 2012 - 24 May 2012 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 229, 31.07.2012, p. 44

    The EESC welcomes the actions proposed by the Commission to develop tools to improve awareness of the sector and the visibility of social enterprise and is pleased to note that the Commission has taken on board several points from its exploratory opinion on the same issue. The EESC calls on Member States to develop national frameworks for the growth and development of that kind of enterprise.

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  • 26 Oct 2011
    Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise Adopted References: INT/589 EESC-2011-1584 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Ms Ariane Rodert (Various interests - GR III / Sweden) Plenary Session: 475 - 26 Oct 2011 - 27 Oct 2011 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 24, 28.1.2012, p. 1

    Social enterprise is a key element of the European social model and fundamental for the success of the EU2020 strategy. By supporting and promoting social enterprise, Europe strengthens its growth and competitiveness potential and its capacity to create social value. The EESC supports the Commission's launch of a political framework and action plan to promote social enterprise in Europe. In its opinion, it stresses the importance of its implementation at both EU and Member State level as well.

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  • 1 Oct 2009
    Diverse forms of enterprise Adopted References: INT/447-CESE 1454/2009 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Miguel Ángel Cabra de Luna (Various interests - GR III / Spain) Co-rapporteur: Ms Marie Zvolská (Employers - GR I / Czech Republic) Plenary Session: 456 - 30 Sep 2009 - 1 Oct 2009 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 318, 23.12.2009, p. 22

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  • 2 Mar 2000
    The Social Economy and the Single Market Adopted References: INT/29 EESC-1999-835 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Jan Olsson (Various interests - GR III / Sweden) Plenary Session: 370 - 1 Mar 2000 - 2 Mar 2000 OJ C 117, 26.4.2000, p. 52–58

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  • Published In: 2014
    6 pages
    Social Enterprise - Make it happen !

    Throughout a substantial number of opinions, the Strasbourg event, and the Social Entrepreneurship project, the EESC is actively involved in the Social Entrepreneurship field. As a result of this project currently undertaken by the EESC, policy directions and concrete actions will be forwarded to the new Commission and Parliament at the fall of 2014.