A Peer Review held in Zagreb (Croatia) in October 2013 examined how social entrepreneurship can both support the economic recovery and combat social exclusion by integrating disadvantaged people into the labour market.
Host Country: Croatia
Date: 29-30 October 2013
Peer countries: Czech Republic - Finland - France - Greece - Italy - Lithuania - Romania - Slovenia - United Kingdom
Stakeholder: ENSIE (European Network of Social Integration Enterprises)
Europe’s social economy, which fared better than many other sectors during the crisis, is well positioned not only to supply goods and services in ethical ways and in response to local needs, but also to employ disabled or vulnerable people. The Peer Review focused on how Croatia is aiming to boost this sector through its Strategy for Social Entrepreneurship (2014-2020). Important connections between programmes aiming to employ disadvantaged groups –particularly unemployed young people – and the EU 2020 strategy were emphasised.
The Peer Review included a site visit to a new business centre offering space and advice to start-ups (Hub Zagreb) and presentations from three social entrepreneurs who have benefited from Hub support.
Ms Renate Haupfleisch (ÖSB Consulting GmbH)