Social Entrepreneurship

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Adopted on 10/12/2013
Reference: 
INT/721-EESC-2013-6135
Plenary session: 
494 -
Dec 10, 2013 Dec 11, 2013

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.

EESC opinion: Social Impact Measurement

Adopted on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
INT/880-EESC-2019-005220-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The EESC believes that the practical applications of blockchain technologies can significantly improve the performance of social economy organisations, benefiting them, their members and, above all, their end users. Besides, the EESC believes that real involvement of social economy and civil society organisations is imperative to ensure that the huge opportunities offered by the new technologies are geared towards delivering benefits, access, transparency and participation for all, and not just for a new "digital economy elite".

EESC opinion: Blockchain and distributed ledger technology as an ideal infrastructure for Social Economy (Own-initiative opinion)

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 23/05/2012
Reference: 
INT/606-EESC-2012-1292
Plenary session: 
481 -
May 23, 2012 May 24, 2012

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.

EESC opinion: Social Business Initiative

Adopted on 23/05/2012
Reference: 
INT/623-EESC-2012-1294
Plenary session: 
481 -
May 23, 2012 May 24, 2012

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.

EESC opinion: European Social Entrepreneurship Funds

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