RIPESS Europe was born thanks to the synergy produced by RIPESS International through the meetings for the globalisation of solidarity. The 4th International Forum for the “Globalisation of Solidarity” Lux’09 which took place in Schifflange in April 2009 allowed to launch a dynamic and build trust and acquaintanceship between the networks of Social and Solidarity Economy at continental and international level.
For Europe, Eric Lavillunière (INEES) et Christine Gent (WFTO) took the commitment to coordinate the structuring of a European platform of RIPESS.
And it is in 2011 in Barcelona, the rose of fire, like it was called in the labour movement at the dawn of 20th century, that RIPESS Europe – Solidarity Economy Europe was born, with the cooperation of the network representatives of Belgium, Catalonia, France, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania and Germany.
RIPESS Europe organizes regularly Assemblies in diverse European locations. Every two years larger General Assemblies are organized (see scheme), gathering higher numbers of participants. Along with that, interim congresses and meeting among the assemblies are often held.