From SEE:

Social Economy Europe’s XV General Assembly took place yesterday as hybrid event in Brussels at Solidaris Mutual.

Juan Antonio Pedreño, President of CEPES, was re-elected as SEE President for a three years mandate alongside with the same team of Vice-Presidents: Alain Coheur (AIM), Patrizia Bussi (ENSIE) and Jérôme Saddier(ESS-France).

Furthermore, two new members where welcomed at SEE family: 

✔️Diesis Network, a growing Ecosystem for Ecosystems, supporting a new economy based on social and economic impact.
✔️The Wheel, Ireland’s national association of community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises. A registered charity in Ireland, unique in its role as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for anything related to the charity and nonprofit sector.

Furthermore, a new Board of Directors was elected for the next three years with representatives of all SEE members: Juan Antonio Pedreño (President, representing CEPES), Alain Coheur (VP, representing AIM), Patrizia Bussi(VP representing ENSIE), Jérôme Saddier (VP, representing ESS-France), Sarah Goddard (AMICE), Filipa Farelo (CASES), Diana Dovgan (CECOP), Matthieu de Poorter (CEDAG), Alice Van de Vyvere (ConcertES), Luca Pastorelli (DIESIS), Miguel Angel Cabra (The EFC),  EMN representative, Heather Roy (Eurodiaconia), Peru Sasia (FEBEA), Claudia Fiaschi (Forum Terzo Settore), Aurélie Chompret (IPSE), Luigi Martignetti (REVES, tbc) and Paul O’Sullivan (The Wheel).  A great team with the mission to scale up the European Social Economy in the next three years.

Some of the main conclusions of the General Assembly Meeting:
  1. SEE video Annual Report approved: including messages from Commissioners Nicolas Schmit and Thierry Breton, Spanish Vice-President Yolanda Díaz, political economist Maja Göpel and SEE leaders. Watch the video➡️here
  2. Towards a strong Social Economy Action Plan: SEE will deepen and further explain its proposals to EU leaders, with two key visibility moments: 7 October 2021 in San Sebastian & 11-12 October in Slovenia (Slovenian Presidency of the Council Social Economy Conference).
  3. Social Economy at the heart of the  Conference on the Future of Europe: the Social Economy is a citizens’s-led movement based on collective entrepreneurship, democracy, solidarity, and engagement with the local communities. Principles that -transformed into action- produce economic & social progress, innovation, quality jobs, just transitions, welfare & social protection, quality social services, sustainable finance, equal opportunities & more. Together with its members, builiding alliances and synergies with initiatives as La République de l’ESS, led by ESS-France, and led by ConcertES, SEE will be launching an ambitious campaign under the motto #SocialEconomy4Future.
  4. Maravillas Espín, Director-General for Social Economy of the Spanish Government, thanked SEE for its work as the collective  voice of all social economy enterprises and organisation in the EU. She stressed that Spain will dedicate at least 100 million€ to scale up the Social Economy through the National Recovery & Resilience Plan recently submitted to the European Commission. Furthermore, she stressed her willingness to build synergies between the EU Social Economy Action Plan and the Spanish Social Economy Strategy 2021-2027. Both initiatives will be approved by the end of the year on the 10th Anniversary of the Spanish Social Economy Law and the Social Business Initiative.
  5. Boost alliances and ensure Social Economy’s representation in the EU’s inter-sectorial Social Dialogue. 
  6. Mainstreaming the Social Economy into the main EU policies: Pillar of Soocial Rights, Industrial and SMEs Strategies, Green Deal, Pact for Skills, Sustainable Finance, EU’s external action & partnerships etc.
  7. Patrizia Toia MEP congratulated SEE and its members, as well as the whole social economy community, for their role during the pandemic: “You have conquered a seat at the table (…) you can build an EU combining innovation and dynamism with humanism“.

    SEE President Juan Antonio Pedreño declared:

    Thanks to all SEE members for their trust and support. The next  three years are of outmost importance to scale up the Social Economy  and overcome historic obstacles: the social economy should be recognised in the treaties, we should have a seat at the inter-sectorial social dialogue, we should further contribute to just Green and Digital Tranistions and to strengthen our European project: a project of democracy, peace and solidarity, a catalyst of economic and social progress for all. 

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