EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND

Minutes from the TN Social Economy meeting in Brussels on public procurement, 17-18October 2018

Minutes from the TN Social Economy meeting in Brussels on public procurement, 17-18October 2018

The 10th meeting of the ESF Transnational Platform on Social Economy took place in Brussels on 17 and 18October 2018. The meeting addressed the topic of socially responsible public procurement and the capacity of social economy enterprises to access markets.

On the first day of the meeting participants heard about the Commission’s activities to promote strategic procurement across the EU. One of these is the “Buying for social impact” project, which aims to promote the use of social considerations in public procurement and increase the capacity of social economy enterprises to participate in procurement procedures. Participants also exchanged on the state of play of the implementation of socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) in their respective countries. Two ESF transnational projects were also presented. The first one is a Polish project implemented in partnership with France’s community of local governments for social economy (Réseau des collectivités Territoriales pour une Economie Solidaire) and the Social Economy Department at the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, to compare how SRPP is used in France and how it could be implemented in Poland. The second is a transnational project between Swedish and Finnish organisations to exchange on how to use public procurement more efficiently to provide employment to those far from the labour market.

Participants were divided in small groups to identify the barriers and opportunities for social economy enterprises on how to get access to public procurement.

The second day of the meeting was dedicated to the presentation of the Better Entrepreneurship Policy online tool that allows policy makers to assess their ecosystem for social and inclusive entrepreneurship, including in the area of access to markets. Participants split in groups to discuss the opportunities that the ESF provides to facilitate the professionalisation of public buyers concerning SRPP and to increase the capacity of social economy enterprises to get access to markets.

Learning and results

  • The ESF supports the professionalisation of public buyers concerning SRPP.
  • ESF transnational projects are facilitating mutual learning between public authorities and social economy organisations from different countries on how to use more efficiently public procurement as a tool to create employment opportunities for disadvantaged people.
  • ESF could potentially be used more broadly, to increase the capacity of social economy enterprises to access markets, to disseminate learning and good practices, to create partnerships between social economy and businesses.

Action points

Participants are encouraged to exchange good practices, information, guidelines and resources on SRPP. AEIDL will inform members of the SETN about key activities and outcomes of the Buying for social impact project.

Full minutes:

/esf/transnationality/file/minutes-meeting-0Minutes of the meeting