Social Business Initiative

23 May 2012
Adopted References: CESE 1292/2012 - INT/606 Referral - COM(2011) 682 final 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

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Social Business Initiative -Creating a favourable climate for social enterprises, key stakeholders in the social economy and innovation

Key points:

  • The EESC welcomes the Commission's initiative, and is also pleased to note that the Commission has taken on board several points from its exploratory opinion on social entrepreneurship.
  • The EESC considers that social enterprises should be supported by virtue of the key role that they can play as drivers of social innovation, both because they introduce new methods for providing services and measures aimed at improving people's quality of life, and because they promote the creation of new products to satisfy society's new needs.
  • The EESC welcomes the Commission's objectives in relation to improving access to finance and the regulatory framework. A favourable economic and regulatory environment is essential for the promotion of social enterprises.
  • The EESC welcomes the invitation concerning initiatives to encourage and promote measures to make public procurement more accessible to social enterprises.
  • The EESC calls on Member States to develop national frameworks for the growth and development of social enterprises.
     

Earlier EESC opinion: CESE 1584/2011( INT/589)

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Commission's leaflet presenting the Social Business Initiative: EN - FR - DE - ES - IT