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Welcome to the one-stop shop for the social economy

Welcome to the EU Social Economy Gateway

Find information for and about the social economy in Europe.

Learn more about:

  • the concept of social economy
  • the social economy action plan
  • relevant EU funding programmes
  • social economy ecosystems in the EU Member States

A resources section and stakeholder content in the "on the ground" section provide further guidance and information.

What's new?

Social economy action plan – time horizon: 2030

What is in it for me?

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To make this website as useful as possible, we kindly invite you to share your feedback and suggestions.

With and for the social economy

The idea of creating a website to compile relevant information for the social economy originated from consultations with various stakeholders during the development of the social economy action plan. The European Commission embraced this idea and integrated the Social Economy Gateway as one of the ten key actions in the plan.

The structure and content of the Gateway were developed in consultation with numerous stakeholders in 2022 and 2023. Moving forward, this project will continue to be implemented in close collaboration with the social economy.

This is just the beginning...

The launch of the Social Economy Gateway on 13 June 2023 is just a starting point. More content will be added over time.

The European Commission is looking forward to continuing the collaboration with social economy stakeholders.

Recently added:

  • Our new section "topics in focus" will dive into relevant topics for the social economy. The first two topics added are State aid and skills.

Upcoming content will include:

  • More "topics in focus" will be added, such as socially responsible (public) procurement and impact measurement.
  • The Gateway will continue to expand its collection of resources, providing a wealth of valuable materials for social economy stakeholders.
  • The on the ground section will regularly feature new articles from stakeholders within the social economy.

On the ground

ILO/UNTFSSE: Awareness Raising Package on the Social and Solidarity Economy
  • News article

Learn more about a new awareness Raising Package that includes learning modules about the Social and Solidarity Economy in six languages produced by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE).

  • 2 min read