DG GROW launched a pilot action aiming at raising awareness of the social economy at regional & local level. You can submit a proposal by 28 February 2018.
Through the "European Social Economy Regions 2018" initiative, the Commission seeks to provide expertise to support the organisation of regional events bringing together regional and local stakeholders, social economy enterprises, social innovators and policy-makers in order to promote added value and benefits of the social economy on the ground.
The pilot will bring together regional and local stakeholders, social economy enterprises, social innovators and policy-makers in order to promote added value and benefits of the social economy on the ground. Any public regional entity with links to social economy is invited to submit a proposal for organising a local event in close collaboration with regional stakeholders.
Social economy sector in Europe and activities it covers needs a targeted awareness-raising campaign and support. There are plenty of social economy stakeholders active at regional level, however, lack of collaboration between them is significant and their voice is not adequately heard. The European Social Economy Regions 2018 pilot will allow creating effective partnerships and networks among regional social economy stakeholders and provide a unique opportunity to have their voice heard towards the European Commission. The outcomes of the regional pilots will be presented at October's Global Social Economy Forum in Bilbao and at the Committee of the Regions Open Days in Brussels.
How will the Commission support you?
By offering the organisers:
a Commission expert for discussion depending on a selected topic/discussion language;
providing a joint visual identity of the European Social Economy Regions 2018 pilot;
promoting the local events through a dedicated website and collaborative platform;
invitation to present the regional pilots' outcomes and share the best practices at the October's Global Economy Forum (Bilbao) and the Committee of the Regions Open Days.
The European Commission will not provide any financial support to regional/local events.The European Commission will not provide any financial support to regional/local events.
wide participation of regional/local social economy stakeholders;
ability to cover all the financial costs linked to the organisation of regional/local events;
obligation to use the European Social Economy Regions 2018 joint visual identity to promote the event;
an adequate follow-up of the pilot (not one-shot event);
adequate local media coverage of the event.