From Social Economy Europe:

Social Economy Europe wishes to express its solidarity with the victims of COVID-19, its families and beloved ones. SEE also wants to show its gratitude to the institutions, companies, workers and citizens that are doing their utmost to maintain the safety net. From the European Social Economy Movement, we would like to especially thank the members and workers of social economy enterprises and organisations playing a key role in providing healthcare, agri-food products, retail, social assistance and other vital goods and services.

We call on EU Institutions and Member States to further implement economic measures to counterbalance the negative effects of the crisis.

There is no doubt that by acting in a responsible and solidary manner we will collectively overcome this crisis, but it is fundamental to ensure that no one is left behind.

To conclude, please note that the European Commission is calling for startups and SMEs, including social economy enterprises and organisations, with technologies and innovations that could help in treating, testing, monitoring or other aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak to apply urgently to the next round of funding from the European Innovation Council. The deadline for applications to the EIC Accelerator is 17:00 on Wednesday 18 March (Brussels local time). With a budget of €164m, this call is “bottom up”, meaning there are no predefined thematic priorities and applicants with Coronavirus relevant innovations will be evaluated in the same way as other applicants.

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