Targeted awareness-raising campaigns and a number of different actions and projects for social economy stakeholders implemented at EU, national, regional and local level can contribute significantly to the raising interest in the topic of social economy and increased number of the recognised social economy stakeholders in recent years.
However, lack of systematic approach to the social economy model originates from insufficient supportive educational schemes. An unexplored potential of education and its impact on social economy community building and awareness-raising is enormous.
At the European level, to enable young people to take full advantage of the cooperative enterprise option, the European Commission decided to launch a preparatory action on that topic in 2019 to address challenges in that area entitled “Reducing youth unemployment: setting up co-operatives to enhance working opportunities in the EU”. The action will help to diffuse the cooperative concept and values towards young people. It will be complementary to projects aiming at boosting cooperative entrepreneurship currently being implemented under ERASMUS +https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/growth/item-detail.cfm?item_id=648248
The "Educational Framework for Social Economy Mission" will bring together a county accompanied by relevant stakeholders (education entities included) experienced in the field on one side and those counties accompanied by social economy stakeholders interested in the topic. The Mission will enable presentation and interrogation of the success story in the field in more details, it will help to identify challenges and to understand existing practices in other partner counties. It will provide a platform for exchange of views on more developed future collaboration in the field.
The overall objective of this call is to support a network of EU regional and local authorities with similar priorities and experts in the field and via inter-regional collaboration contribute to gradual setting up of a permanent community of practice in the field of social economy as the key component of a sustainable European economic system.
The Social Economy Missions call for proposal will support social economy consortia to pursue inter-regional collaboration through a set of social economy missions: the call foresees to create opportunities and incentives to engage in strategic inter-regional collaboration and develop collaborative projects between regional/local authorities and social economy stakeholders.
The specific objectives to be achieved through this call for proposals are the following:
The social economy missions will bring together regional and local authorities with similar social economy priorities and accompanied by a representative number of regional and local social economy stakeholders (social enterprises, SMEs, etc.).