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The 4 SSE projects of the French government

We open this letter on the news of the (French) government which, as we mentioned in the editorial of the month of January, leads four projects in connection with the Social and Solidarity Economy.

On 18 January, we were able to attend the inauguration of #FrenchIMPACT, the national accelerator for social innovation, and the launch of the first “Pionniers French Impact” call for projects whose objective is to build the showcase of socially innovative entrepreneurs. A call for applications will be launched in March to build the French ecosystem of social innovation and experiment with local accelerators on pilot territories, before the extension of the device on the whole national territory in 2019. It is clear that the stated objective is to support, far beyond the associations, mutuals and foundations, any company which, by its activity innovates socially by making it possible to reach quantifiable social objectives generating savings for the public expenses. It is a vision of social innovation reduced to the sole measure of social impact, but a vision that seems to bring together several members of the government, since three ministers surrounded Christophe Itier for this launch.

A vision that is consistent with the Action Plan for Growth and Transformation of Enterprises (PACTE) and the announcement of the mission entrusted to Nicole Notat and Jean-Dominique Senard on “business and general interest”. As we announced, this topic raises questions from the actors of the ESS who are mobilizing to value the contribution and the experience of SSE on this subject. Michel Prugue, president of Coop de France, said in an article published in Up Magazine this February 8: “Inspired by the Anglo-Saxon model of “B.CORP “, these companies” mission “would be more citizen-based, more modern, more committed … more human! Indeed, a business can be governed by something other than the rapid return on capital and the short-term profit of its shareholders; the people who compose it can be respected, their participation can be valued; the long term can be protected in the name of the collective interests of today’s women and men and their children, and the children of their children. All this may seem extremely innovative, but for us, it’s our daily life though being sometimes … very old companies! See also on this point the forums published in the monthly letter n ° 117 of CIRIEC and in particular that of Jean Gatel who was Secretary of State, in charge of the Social Economy.

If the Movement for the Solidarity Economy (MESà conceives / understands this desire to moralize the lucrative enterprises to tend towards a more ethical capitalism, we remain vigilant so that the notion of general interest is not distorted. We remain above all mobilized to defend the diversity of citizen dynamics working for a transition towards a more solidarity-based, more just and more sustainable society. If, as stated by Les Echos, a majority of bosses would be favorable to companies with a mission to see a new opportunity for companies to go further in the CSR and to go beyond the green or the social washing, why not propose to these companies to meet the obligations imposed today by the ESUS approval, it would already be a great step forward.

(Extract from the editorial of the MES – Movement for the Solidarity Economy – of the February 2018 newsletter)

See the full text (in French) here.

The European Pillar of Social rights: RIPESS Europe’s contribution

On the occasion of the Social Summit in Goteborg (16-18 Novembre 2017), the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission jointly proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights, which was first announced by President Juncker in his 2015 State of the Union Address and presented by the Commission in April 2017. Its proclamation underlines the joint commitment of EU-leaders to stand by and promote the 20 principles and rights enshrined under the Pillar.

In September 2015, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker announced the establishment of a European Pillar of Social Rights, during his speech on the state of the Union to the European Parliament. The European Pillar is part of an economic and monetary union. This initiative is part of the Commission’s work towards a deeper and fairer Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the framework of the 2016 work program of the Commission. In this perspective, a public consultation was opened all the year 2016, to which  RIPESS Europe participated by sending to the Commission a written contribution which you will find here: RIPESS EU Contribution to the public consultation on EU social pilar.

Following the series of consultations and works set up in 2016 and 2017, the European Commission, on the 17th of November, 2017, the Presidents of the EU Institutions, EU Heads of State or Government, social partners and other key stakeholders gathered at the Social Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, to have an open discussion amongst all participants on how to promote fair jobs and growth in the European Union. The Pillar of Social Rights is about delivering new and more effective rights for citizens. It builds upon 20 key principles, structured around three categories:

  • Equal opportunities and access to the labour market

  • Fair working conditions

  • Social protection and inclusion

To learn more about the European Pillar of Social Rights:

Co-create the European SSE public policies: a possible challenge?

The second European Forum of the SSE (EFSSE 2017) took place on November 9, 2017, organised in the premises of the Parliament by the GUE/ NGL Group,for the occasion driven by Marie-Christine Vergiat, French MEP. Following the first session, we can note an increase in the representation of networks of solidarity economy.

RIPESS Europe actively participated in the organization of the second edition, with several invited members, some of which met the day before for a dinner following a coordination Committee. Read more

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.

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