The Social Economy Thematic Network met in Madrid on 16-17 October 2017. The first day of the meeting was combined with public conference organised by CEPES, which attracted about 90 people. Activities started with a study visit to a local co-operative school (Gredos San Diego), after which Spanish and European social economy policy were introduced.
The meeting then studied cases of the social economy policy environment in Scotland and Sweden, and broke into small groups to discuss how to adapt policy to technological development. On the second day a study by Abay Analistas was presented followed by a further 4 cases of cooperatives working in new sectors, including sub-contracting from large firms. A final session considered how the ESF could prepare the social economy for new trends and sectors, discovering the wide variety of approaches that Member States are taking.