The Social Economy Intergroup is hosting the public hearing on 'Skills and Digitalisation: Investing in the Social Economy as tomorrow’s economy' on 18 February 2021 from 11:00 – 13:00 CET.

Focus of the event

The event is organized by the Social Economy Intergroup, together with Social Economy Europe. The event focuses on the importance of investing in the upskilling and reskilling of social economy entrepreneurs and employees as drivers of sustainable development and fair transitions. This is especially relevant for sectors such as social services, industry, culture, education, the caring economy, etc. The Cooperative Digital Economy Platforms, a new vision for the caring economy and the digitalisation of the Healthcare Mutuals sector will be subject of the discussion. Employee ownership (collective entrepreneurship) including the opportunities and challenges of this model, in particular in the current context of economic and social crisis, will also be tackled. The event will also provide the perspectives of MEPs and Commission officials.


Speakers at the event include: Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Juan Antonio Pedreño, President of SEE, Patrizia Toia MEP, Sven Giegold, MEP, Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market (tbc), Giuseppe Guerini, President of CECOP, Laura Peracaula, Co-Director General of Suara Cooperativa – A new vision for a quality and fair caring economy, Sibylle Reichert, Executive Director of AIM (International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies), Patrizia Bussi, Director of ENSIE (European Network of Social Integration Enterprises) and Jordi Cañas MEP (tbc) and Lina Gálvez, MEP. The event will be presented and moderated by Heather Roy, Secretary General of Eurodiaconia and member of SEE Board of Directors.

Full Agenda is available here.

Registration is directly available here.

Why should I join the event?

Because it is part of a bigger process and you don't want to miss out or be uninformed! Social Economy has flared up on the EU agenda since 2018. It is highly likely that we will see a European Action Plan for the Social Economy this year. Therefore, it is high time to make your voice heard and help direct the focus of the new Action Plan. Furthermore, the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the EU is aiming to organize a Social Economy Summit on the 29 March in 2021. According to Social Economy Europe: 'This year 2021 will be pivotal in ensuring the social economy is recognised as a driver for fair Green and Digital Transitions and to build back better, while ensuring nobody is left behind.'

So, join us at the session and think how your region can further the social economy agenda!

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