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Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES)

The Communication on the Social Business Initiative states that 'the Commission … shall … set up a consultative multi-stakeholder group on social business to examine the progress of the measures envisaged in this Communication … this group could be made up of representatives of the Member States, local authorities, social entrepreneurs' organisations, the banking and finance sector and the academic and university sector.' The group (GECES) was therefore set up for six years (2012 – 2017), and will be consulted by the Commission on the development, setting up and implementation of all the actions mentioned in the SBI, or further development of social entrepreneurship and social economy.

Meetings

Upcoming meetings

  • The 10th meeting will take place on 30 June 2016 in Brussels (European Economic and Social Committee premises)
  • The 11th meeting will take place on 14 October 2016 in Brussels (European Economic and Social Committee premises)
  • Social entrepreneurship conference, Slovakian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Autumn 2016 in Slovakia
  • The 12th meeting will take place on 27 April 2017
  • The 13th meeting will take place on 16 November 2017

Past meetings

Agendas, minutes and presentations

Call for applications

In February 2012 a call for applications was made to select members of GECES.

Call for applications and Results of the call

In February 2015 a renewed call for applications was made to select new non-public members for the group.

Call for applications and List of private members of GECES

Working groups

To fulfill the wish of the Commission to adopt a more bottom-up approach that fosters a co-creation process stimulating further actions for social enterprise development, a new working method was endorsed by the GECES meeting of 16 September 2015.

The group will make recommendations for concrete actions by the end 2016 and this work will be carried out via 4 working groupspdf Choose translations of the previous link  (301 kB).

The recommendations should be based on appropriate rationale and directed to all stakeholders, private and public, national and European.

The working groups are led by a 'Rapporteur général':

Other links

Social Impact Measurement Sub-group

The Single Market Act II states that 'the Commission will develop a methodology to measure the socio-economic benefits created by social enterprises. The development of rigorous and systematic measurements of social enterprises’ impact on the community … is essential to demonstrate that the money invested in social enterprises yields high savings and income.' The GECES sub-group was therefore set up in October 2012 to agree upon a European methodology which could be applied across the European social economy.

On 3 June 2014, the GECES adopted the sub-group reportpdf Choose translations of the previous link  (93 kB) in a vote via a formal written procedure. An absolute majority (39 out of 72 members) explicitly voted 'yes'. There was one 'no' vote. It was mentioned in the call for the vote the non-expression of a position would be considered as an implicit vote in favour of the adoption of the report.