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Signor Sergio Graziosi





TUESDAY 13 MAY 2008 – 11am to 11.30am


60 Rue Wiertz, 1047 Brussels – BELGIUM


Mr Alain Coheur (President) and Mrs Anne Ferreira (MEP, PES) are pleased to invite you to the presentation of and to the “4 days for Social Economy”: four days of events to be held from 13 to 16 May 2006 in the European Parliament in Brussels, organised by SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE, the Socialist Group in the European Parliament and members of the Social Economy Intergroup of the European Parliament.

SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE is the EU-level representative institution for social economy. It aims at promoting social economy as a sector that produces both economic and social wealth; supporting the role and values of the social economy throughout Europe; reinforcing political and legal recognition of social economy actors at a European level. SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE’s strength resides into its high level membership: the International Association of Mutual Health Funds (AIM); the Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe (AMICE); the European Council for Voluntary Organisations (CEDAG); the Common platform of the cooperatives within Europe (COOPERATIVES EUROPE); the European Foundation Centre (EFC); the Spanish Business Confederation of Social Economy (CEPES); the French Council for social economy (CEGES);  the European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy (REVES) and the European Federation of Social Employers (FEDES).

Social economy includes co-operatives, mutual societies, associations and foundations as well as other types of enterprises that share the values defined in the principles of the Social Economy Charter. Social economy represents 10% of all European businesses, which means 2 million businesses employing more than 20 million workers or in other words, 10% of all jobs. Social Economy enterprises and organisations are characterised principally by their aims and their methods: a different way of doing business which continuously associates the general interest, economic performance and democratic operation. European Policy makers have to take into account this specificity so as to enable social economy enterprises and organisations to make a full contribution into achieving objectives for Europe as defined in the Lisbon strategy and guarantee they are on an equal footing with other types of companies.

SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE works in close cooperation with the European Parliament Social Economy Intergroup, the Social Economy Category of the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Commission DG Employment and Social affairs and DG Enterprise. In order to give greater visibility to the sector and the activities all social economy actors, four days of events have been organised:

§          From Tuesday 13 May to Friday 16 May: The exhibition "Social Economy in Europe: a different approach to entrepreneurship, towards more solidarity" in the European Parliament (ASP - 3rd floor - distribution area)

§          Wednesday 14 May – 12.30pm to 2pm: The meeting of the European Parliament Social Economy Intergroup

§          Wednesday 14 May – starts at 6pm: Cocktail – opening of the exhibition

§          Thursday 15 May – 8.30am to 5.15pm: The Conference organised by the Socialist Group in the European Parliament and MEPs Harlem Désir, Stephen Hughes, Joel Hasse- Ferreira and Anne Ferreira "The Social Economy driving economic growth and social cohesion"

§          Friday 16 May from 9am to 11am: the Conference organised by REVES (Committee of the Regions) ”A key factor of success in promoting social cohesion: the contribution of partnerships between local authorities and organisations of general interest”



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