Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

31/05/2022 Milan

EaSI Technical Assistance workshop on worker buyouts under the cooperative form: exploring the potential of social finance

The European Union organises a half-day workshop titled: “Worker Buyouts under the Cooperative form: Exploring the Potential of Social Finance” under the EaSI Technical Assistance programme for social enterprise finance providers. The workshop will take place in Milan on May 31 between 9:00 and 13:00 CET.

Cooperatives have always played an important role within the Social and Solidarity Economy, especially in countries such as Italy, Belgium or Spain.

Recently, these organisations are assuming an increasingly important role within the social finance field: Workers buyouts, which occur when workers acquire ownership and control of a company by creating a cooperative, help avoid unemployment, can create new jobs, preserve wealth as well as acquired know-how.

The renewed interest in this form of employee ownership provides opportunities for social finance investors to provide equity and/or debt capital.

The workshop will feature prominent speakers from the field and will discuss new perspectives for social finance providers as well as limits, challenges and gaps in funding provision across different sectors and geographies.


  • Barbara Scheck, European Center for Social Finance
  • Thierry Perrin, Director of financial instruments at CGSCOP / France
  • Pedro Blazquez, COCETA  / Spain
  • Mauro Frangi, President of CFI / Italy

How to participate?

If you are interested in participating in this event, please fill in the participation form.  

The webinar is financed by the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) strand of the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) and attendance is free-of-charge.

Cariplo Factory - Milan

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