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The new Greek law on SSE: progressing in the right direction
Greek Parliament Athens

At the end of October 2016 the Greek parliament voted for the new law 4430/2016 on the “Social and Solidarity Economy and the development of its actors”.

In our point of view, this law constitutes an essential progress for the development of SSE in Greece since it sets a framework of specific values and principles that define the actors, as SSE actors. More specifically, it disconnects the legal entity and the legal status as a precondition to be a SSE actor.

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Barcelona: the plural economy that transforms our towns
Barcelona mercado social

During the days of 20 and 21 October 2016, Barcelona hosted the second Trobada Internacional de Municipalisme i Economia Solidària, organised by the Commissioner of Social Solidarity and Cooperative Economy of the Barcelona City Council. The title of the encounter was “Cities for a plural and transformative economy”, focusing on the role that municipalities and, more generally local governments, have and may have in the context of the promotion of the solidarity economy.

International guests, representatives of local authorities and actors of organised civil society (cooperatives, collectives of local action, networks of solidarity economy, etc.) participated in the event, which was intended to be a space for sharing, cooperation and the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of solidarity economy and local government, with the main objective of working on a model of socio-economic development based on participation, horizontality, respect for work, social cohesion and environmental sustainability, in contrast to the forms that prevail today in exploitation and exclusion.

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Greece: a bill on the SSE will soon be presented to Parliament
October 16, 2016
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Gréce, Greece

The Greek Government will soon present a Bill to the Parliament on the “Social and Solidarity Economy and the development of its agencies”, in order to expand to other forms of enterprises the scope of the 2011 Law on cooperatives, which no longer meets current needs.

This law will therefore focus on cooperatives, collaborative work as well as on mutual societies, associations and foundations.  According to  CECOP,, most of the provisions are actually to define and regulate social cooperatives and associated work.

 

The Greek Minister of Employment, Rania Antonopoulou, has set among the objectives of the law the development of  “all small businesses”, including those addressing needs of education, health, employment, environment and support to migrants.

Parmi les objectifs de la Ministre adjointe de l’Emploi, Rania Antonopoulou, qui porte cette loi, figure le développement des “toutes petites entreprises”, dont celles répondant à des besoins d’éducation, de santé, d’emploi, d’environnement et de soutien des migrants.

[Source: RTES]

GSEF 2016: an alliance between local governments and SSE actors
gsef2016

The Global Forum on Social Economy took place at Montreal’s Conference Centre from September 7 to 9. This third edition, jointly organized by the city of Montreal and the Chantier de l’économie sociale, was held under the slogan “Local Governments and actors of the Social Economy. Allied for the development of smart and sustainable cities”.

More than 1300 participants, 62 countries represented, 330 cities and 120 initiatives have demonstrated the dynamism and diversity of collective entrepreneurship.The opening was attended by Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal and co-organizer of GSEF2016, M. Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul and Co-President of the GSEF Association, M. Kyong Song Yong, President of the Seoul’s Solidarity Economy Network and Co-President of the GSEF Association, Jean-Martin Aussant, General Director of the Chantier de l’économie sociale and co-organizer of GSEF2016, Mr. Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, M. Jean – Yves Duclos, Minister of Family, Children and Social Development from Canada´s Government. Read more

Creation of a visual map of public policies and territories promoting SSE
Public policies map - socioeco

The role of public policies in favour social and solidarity economy suffers from a lack of visibility. Yet these same policies can prove decisive in helping collective initiatives that involve citizens to emerge. We would like to showcase existing public policy on SSE through a compilation of case studies and mapping that highlights the policies that contribute to creating territorial ecosystems that encourage the development of SSE through:

– funding, public markets, fiscal, legal and legislative mechanisms, social audits, etc.
– accompanying the actors working to support SSE at territorial level
– encouraging contact, exchange and networking of these actors
– relocalising activities linked to food, transport, energy, etc.
– thus creating sustainable, relocalised employment
– show-casing good practice
– building new spaces for discussion and joint development of policies with citizens.

SSE needs to “tell its story” to inspire people and disseminate. What public policies have a real impact on helping SSE initiatives to emerge and to develop? We believe that by collecting as many case studies as possible, enhanced by mapping them, would provide a useful tool for sharing, and that could be used by all our respective sites and other instruments (mobile APPs, infographs, etc.). This is something we can decide together.

The socioeco.org site has recently allowed us to develop a carte des solutions (map of solutions). It collects the descriptions of SSE initiatives that have been identified according to needs (food, housing, health, education etc.). It is in 6 languages (French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian). The map also provides more opportunities: it is possible to identify alternative media or research centres for SSE, select only food experiences or reproduce a specific part of the map in a message on your own website. We thought of using a specific map of solutions for public policies and the territories that support them.

RIPESS Europe and socioeco.org hope to present a first map with the descriptions of public policies in different countries and different languages at the World Forum of Social Economy GSEF2016, that will be held in Montreal from 7th-9th September, to demonstrate the potential of such a tool and find new partners to develop the project further.

We need your help to do this. Your network has identified concrete public policies at different territorial levels: Local, regional or national Authorities. We propose you to fill the form linked here which will allow the collection of information and the compilation of a list of institutions at different levels which promote public policies for the development of the SSE, starting from what already exists and that we plan to showcase. We will then make all this information organised and visible by using shared tools and creating a visual public mapping.

Info and communications:
fwautiez@socioeco.org
polpub@ripess.eu

REAS presents the new portal for responsible procurement in Spain
REAS Contrata Responsable

Through different dissemination activities of the Spanish solidarity economy network (REAS), a campaign to facilitate the inclusion of social clauses in the processes of public procurement was started, to stimulate institutions to purchase based on ethical, ecological and transparency criteria and extend the knowledge of these tools of social justice, equity and sharing throughout the social solidarity economy  and society in general.

The campaign claims the use of public procurement as a useful way to work in depth on social core values such as cohesion and social inclusion, local and sustainable development and efficiency, fairness and transparency in public spending. In this sense, the “Guide to the public socially responsible procurement” published by REAS Euskadi underlines how “it is illogical to transfer the public budgets to companies that pollute,  do not respect the rights of the workers, who practice gender discrimination and do not meet the criterion of 2% of disabled persons required by the legislation”.

Adapting the legislation of the Spanish State purchasing and public procurement requires a definition of the legal framework and the ethical criteria affecting 17% of GDP (18 million euro according to 2015 data). Social and solidarity economy networks, environmental organizations and social movements have multiplied the criticism about the slowness with which the required minimums are translated at the level of our administrations. Indeed, the European directives published in 2014 and which should have been adopted at latest in April 2016 have not yet been incorporated in the legal system of the Spanish State.

Read the rest of the article (in Spanish) here.

Building the SSE local authorities network
Red municipios catalanes ess

Some forty municipalities adhering to the manifesto “Towards a network of municipalities of the social and solidarity economy” discussed the mission, the vision and the strategy of this new supramunicipal grouping claiming to “contribute to the promotion of social and solidarity economy of Catalan municipalities through a permanent dialogue of both actors and practices”. […]

A metropolitan strategy to promote SSE

The foundation goal of the network of municipalities for the Cooperative social and solidarity economy is to continue, improve and intensify a shared metropolitan and territorial strategy to make the SSE one of the main instruments for overcoming social inequalities and to guide towards a democratic, just and sustainable economic model for people and for their lives.

Read the rest of the article (in Catalan): here.

«SCALE ME UP», European initiative to promote SSE
Scale Me Up

On June 17, six European ministers met in Paris to launch an ambitious project within the European Union. Called Scale Me Up, it aims to support the social economy organizations that conduct their activities in at least two European countries.

Technical and educational support to the winners

On June 17, the French Minister Martine Pinville met in Bercy with five of its European counterparts (Luxembourg, Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia), two Commissioners and representatives of other EU countries. Their meeting was to launch the call for Scale Me Up, an initiative that aims to support structures oriented in the social solidarity economy. According to a source close to the French minister, “the goal is to allow the development of economic and social activities, resulting from cooperation between European actors.” Scale Me Up is designed for organizations engaged in social economy involved in “a project of cooperation, partnership or collaboration with at least one other partner in the Union: enterprise-community-university “. The winners will receive no financial reward. They will benefit of a week of coaching experts on ESS (European institutions, specialized firms).

Sending applications before September 10, 2016

Interested organizations have time until September 10th to submit their applications. The jury will select the winners based on several criteria such as the innovative nature of the project, its impact on the targets, its local roots and maturity of the business model.

(Source: Carenews, July 4, 2016)

 

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