During early September of this year the European Parliament adopted the resolution “Role of Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in Combating Unemployment”. The basis of the resolution is the fact that a social economy, and one based on solidarity, essentially contributes not only to sustainable, smart and inclusive growth, but also the European social model. An economy of this type is part of the unified market and needs to be recognized as such, and the European Union should support its development, along with its member states.
Social cooperatives gathered within the CECOP network, numbering around 12 thousand, employ around 270 thousand people in Europe. They provide social, cultural, healthcare, educational and environmental services, and additionally, provide the opportunity for employment to persons from vulnerable groups. In order to achieve their mission in a sustainable and democratic way, they create new jobs responding to increasing needs at a time of austerity and reduction of public spending.
The text of the resolution can be found at this address.