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The Social Economy in the European union

As President of the Various Interests Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) I would like to strongly welcome this study on the state of the Social Economy in the European Union, which was commissioned by the EESC and carried out by CIRIEC. Since the previous study on the same topic published in 2008, much has changed in the European Union and it was considered necessary to re-examine the scope and impact of the sector, both in the EU Member States and in the acceding/candidate countries (Croatia and Iceland respectively). Moreover, 2012 is the UN International Year of Cooperatives and an opportunity for the entire social economy sector to demonstrate its contribution to our societies and our economies.

Luca Jahier, President of the Various Interests Group

 

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The Social Economy in the European Union