Opinion Factsheet  

An Action Plan for the Social Economy

Opinion Number: CDR 5860/2020
Rapporteur: IRUJO AMEZAGA Mikel
Commission: SEDEC
Status: Currently in discussion
Date: 02/07/2021
Contribute to the European Commission Action Plan for the Social Economy by ensuring that a strong regional and local perspective is included in it, thus taking into account the territorial dimension and local rootedness of the social economy, which is one of its core characteristics.
Refer to the possible involvement of the European Committee of the Regions in future dialogues and cooperation on Social Economy with the European Commission and other relevant stakeholders before and after the adoption of the Action Plan.
Insist on the local and regional contribution in the development of frameworks conducive to the expansion of social economy and social economy ecosystems and raising awareness on the social economy sector at local and regional levels.
Make suggestions on how existing EU measures in support of social economy could be better adapted to local realities and also make proposals to ensure that stakeholders at the local and regional level are better informed on relevant EU policies and support measures related to the Social Economy.
Address the issue of the efficiency in the use of EU funds and make suggestions on how the EU could better support national and regional authorities wishing to use EU funds to the benefit of social economy and social innovations.
Make suggestions on how to respond to the consequences, challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic has created for the social economy sector at the local and regional level.
Carry forward the key messages of previous CoR opinions on the important role that local and regional authorities play in reinforcing the Social Economy.