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Fiare Banca Etica and REAS Red de Redes sign a collaboration agreement
December 20, 2017

The entity FIARE and the REAS signed a collaboration agreement during an act integrated to the annual assembly of the solidarity economy network. Read more

Call for Proposals for GSEF 2018

It is with great enthusiasm that the Bilbao City Council announces that the Call for Proposals for GSEF 2018 is now open! This is your chance to contribute to this 4th edition of the Global Social Economy Forum, bringing together regional and local governments, Social Economy agents, civil society, universities and social organizations.

The online site will guide you through the submission process of your social economy initiatives. Once evaluated, successful proposals will be presented at the GSEF2018which will be held in Bilbao, in the Basque Country, in 1-3 October 2018. Please be aware that the submission deadline is Wednesday February 28th (at midnight in Central Europe, UTC/GMT +01:00 (CET)).

Submit your initiatives here:  www.gsef2018.org

We look forward to receiving your initiatives and to seeing you at the GSEF2018 in Bilbao!

Urgenci signed MoU with the FAO
December 20, 2017

In October Urgenci signed a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding with the FAO. This will allow the international network to map, exchange experiences and build capacity in many parts of the world, supported by the South-South Co-operation of the FAO.  Read more

Greece : New “Fruits of Solidarity” campaign is about to set up
December 11, 2017

‘Fruits of Solidarity” is an exports campaign project of Greek coop products (mostly olive oil & oils), supported by Dock – Social Solidarity Economy Zone* aiming at the creation of a new node in the existing network of production, distribution, exportation and consumption of coop products, based on the principles and values of social solidarity economy.

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First European report on Ethical Finance and banking
November 30, 2017

Ethical finance is very different from speculative finance; it’s for this reason that it allows to maintain and to increase the economic value of the savings in time and to add to the last line of the account statement a series of other values, such as respect for the environment, the fight against climate change, the right to housing, the inclusion of individuals and organizations traditionally excluded from the traditional financial circuits.

This is what emerges from the first research on ethical and sustainable finance in Europe – carried out by the Foundation Finanza Etica – and presented on November 28 in the Italian Parliament with a seminar organized jointly with partners of reference, one year after the approval of the first in Italy law that recognizes the value of ethical and sustainable finance.

Download the entire report (in Italian) edited by: Matteo Cavallito, Emanuele Isonio, Mauro Meggiolaro

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:

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