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Adopted on 26/10/2011
Reference: 
INT/589-EESC-2011-1584
Plenary session: 
475 -
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 27, 2011

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.

EESC opinion: Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise

Adopted on 21/09/2011
Reference: 
INT/573-EESC-2011-1375
Plenary session: 
474 -
Sep 21, 2011 Sep 22, 2011

The revised SBA for Europe marks a decisive new stage in the political recognition of SMEs and above all of micro-enterprises. This EESC opinion recommends that the European institutions, Member States and the regions adopt it as the basis for their SMEs policies as well as for their economic and industrial policies. It insists on recognising the SBA's "Think Small First" principle when drafting legislation for SMEs. The EESC notes that the SBA will not succeed unless a genuine "multi-stakeholder and multilevel governance partnership" is established where economic and social partners and all representative public and private stakeholders are involved in political discussions concerning SMEs.

EESC opinion: Review of the "Small Business Act"

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