The European Commission, in conjunction with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the City of Strasbourg, organised this event because of the importance of the social economy to the European economy.
The social economy represents some 10% of European GDP and social entrepreneurs aim to have a positive impact on society, for example, by providing jobs for disadvantaged groups and promoting their social inclusion. But social entrepreneurs face enormous challenges.
The aims of the event were to:
- Take stock of the achievements and implementation of the Social Business Initiative of October 2011 (see IP/11/1238 and MEMO/11/735).
- Identify future priorities for action.
- Engage stakeholders in an innovative and participative environment to shape the European agenda for the next 3-5 years.
- Strengthen stakeholder networks to support the emergence and scaling-up of initiatives and best practices.
- Create more ownership and awareness among institutional actors.
The event used a collaborative, participatory approach where participants drove the issues to be debated and identified the way forward for the sector.
Participants included social entrepreneurs, academics, policy makers, financing providers and social activists.
To conclude the event, a final declaration summarising the outcome of the discussions was adopted. It represents the views of various stakeholders from the social enterprise sector and not those of the European institutions
- Final declaration (384 KB)
- Annex (410 KB)
- Sign the declaration - more than 865 people have signed the Strasbourg declaration so far
We also invite you to read and sign the Belgrade Declaration on the development of social entrepreneurship in the region of the Western Balkans and Turkey.