Unlocking the potential of the social economy for EU growth

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"The Rome Strategy"

The Conference produced a set of final documents summarizing the debate and highlighting the main recommendations that stemmed from the discussion. In addition to the final declaration "The Rome Strategy", detailed working group reports are available, along with a document highlighting the main conclusions. These recommendations are an integral part of the Rome Strategy and should be considered as priorities to inform the policy debate and guide the actions on the Social Economy undertaken by EU Institutions and national governments. Please download them here.


The conference will take place at Auditorium del Massimo via Massimiliano Massimo, 1 00144 - Roma (map)


Hashtag: #socialeconomyrome

Download here the programme and Working groups list

Define the course and objectives European policy should strive to achieve regarding the social economy: an ambitious yet urgent goal according to the Italian Presidency, which has chosen to dedicate, during the Semester of Presidency of the European Union Council, careful consideration to the role of the S​ocial ​Economy by organizing the international conference "Unlocking the potential of the social economy for EU growth". The event will take place on November 17th-18th in Rome, Italy at the Auditorium del Massimo.
The event is organised by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in collaboration and with the financial contribution of the European Commission and with the support of ISFOL and represents one of the biggest summits on th​is subject in Europe.

More than 190 speakers from 25 European countries – Institutional representatives, social economy practitioners, stakeholders, policy-makers, scholars and experts (as well as all of those who are interested in helping the Social Economy fulfill its potential) – will discuss the key issues affecting the development of the Social Economy in Europe. The debate will be organised in 1​0 parallel thematic sessions examining various topics, including policy support at National and European level, financial instruments and intermediaries or collaboration with the public sector.

and registration

Conference participation is free. As space is limited, prior registration is required. In the event availability is exceeded, participants will be selected based on achieving an equal distribution of participants in terms of geographic origin, relevance of field of work or study, and organisational representation.

During the plenary sessions simultaneous translation will be provided in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

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Novembre 17th, 2014

Registration and welcome coffee
Welcome addresses.
Nicola Zingaretti, President of the Lazio Region - Italy, Apostolos Ioakimidis, DG Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission - EU.
How the European Parliament can support the Social Economy.
Antonio Tajani, Vice-president of the European Parliament - EU
Keynote: The Social Economy goes global.
Jean-Paul Fitoussi, Institut d'Etudes Politique de Paris e Luiss - France
Introductory remarks & setting the context. (Read document)
Luigi Bobba, Undersecretary of Labor and Social Policy - Italy.
Working Groups // parallel sessions
Working groups // parallel sessions - Continuous
Round Table: Social Economy and EU institutions: where we stand and where we are headed?
Moderates: Hugues Sibille**, Crédit Coopératif - France. Alain Coheur**, Social Economy Europe / AIM - Belgium, Jérôme Faure (Direction générale de la Cohésion sociale), France, Dirk J. Lehnhoff, Cooperatives Europe - Belgium, Michel Mercadié, Social Platform - Belgium, Jens Nilsson, MEP - Sweden, Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Work, Employment and social and solidarity economy – Luxembourg, Patrizia Toia, MEP, Vice-chair Committee on Industry, Research and Energy – Italy.

November 18th, 2014

Making the European Social Economy work: suggestions from EESC Project.
Luca Jahier, European Economic and Social Committee Belgium
Social enterprises in Europe: EC Mapping study, what we can learn.
Charu Wilkinson, ICF - UK
Social enterprises: Italian experiences.
Giuseppe Guerini**, Alleanza delle Cooperative Sociali Italiane - Italy
Social Economy: New actors, new paradigms? (Download slides)
Jacques Defourny, University of Liege - Belgium
Panel - Change in Europe: How SE actors meet new social needs?
Introduces and Moderates: Riccardo Bonacina, Vita – Italy.
Pietro Barbieri, Forum del Terzo Settore - Italy, Giuseppe Guzzetti, Fondazione Cariplo - Italy, Mauro Lusetti, Alleanza delle cooperative italiane - Italy, Giovanna Melandri, G7 Task Force - Italy, Jan Olsson **, REVES - EU, Gregor Pozniak, AMICE - Belgium, Juan Antonio Pedreño,CEPES - Spain
Wrap-Up of the Working Groups and presentation of the final document
A political dialogue on the future of the Social Economy: from the Strasbourg Declaration to the Rome Strategy and beyond.
Giuliano Poletti, Minister of Labor and Social Policy – Italy, Marianne Thyssen*, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility - EU.
Light lunch


Giuliano Poletti

Ministry of Labor
and Social Policy

Luigi Bobba

Undersecretary of the Minister of Labor and Social Policy

Jean-Paul Fitoussi

Director of research at OFCE, professor emeritus at IEP, Paris, professor at LUISS, Rome

Jacques Defourny

Director of the Center for Social Economy, Univesity of Liege

Jens Nilsson

MEP, Sweden

Patrizia Toia

MEP, Vice- chair Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Italy

Alain Coheur

Social Economy Europe, AIM, Belgium

Dirk J. Lehnhoff

Cooperatives Europe, Belgium

Michel Mercadié

Social Platform, Belgium

Nicolas Schmit

Minister of Work, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy, Luxembourg

Luca Jahier

European Economic and Social Committee, Italy

Charu Wilkinson


Giuseppe Guerini

Alleanza delle Cooperative Sociali Italiane, Italy

Giuseppe Guzzetti

Fondazione Cariplo, Italy

Pietro Barbieri

Forum Terzo Settore, Italy

Mauro Lusetti

Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane, Italy

Giovanna Melandri

G7 Task Force

Jan Olsson

REVES, Sweden

Juan Antonio Pedreño

CEPES, Spain