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Euclid Network is appointed to the Commission Expert group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises

Euclid Network is glad to announce its appointment to the European Commission Expert group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises (also known as GECES 2). In coordination with you, our 25 members based in 14 countries, we commit to use this key platform to:

  • Provide feedback on existing EU initiatives for the sector
  • Actively participate in the development of new and effective policies and instruments for the sector
  • Increase the visibility of the GECES work and recommendations at Member State level

The first meeting of the expert group will take place on October 23rd.

Euclid’s vision of the social enterprise sector in 2021

In view of the new discussions that will be initiated by the Expert group members, Euclid would like to reaffirm its vision for the SE market in 2021, thereby laying down what our members have identified as priorities for the coming years.

By 2021, Euclid Network would like to see that:

I. There are more social enterprises generating a greater social impact and more able to demonstrate that impact
II. There are more social entrepreneurs from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds
III. There is an increased volume of social investments into social enterprises and a higher social and financial return on social investments
IV. There is at least one respected and high-capacity network of social enterprises in every EU Member State – which is working to build its members’ capacity and represents them
V. Social investors are more willing to invest in social enterprises at the growth stage of their lifecycle
VI. There is greater openness and a greater capacity among NGOs to take on social finance investments
VII. European consumers are more aware of social enterprises and are spending more disposable income on their products
VIII. European businesses are more aware of social enterprises and are buying more products and services from them
IX. Public authorities are more aware of social enterprises and are buying more products and services from them
X. Social enterprises and social investors are more active across borders and successfully engage with EU policy and funding

What’s an expert group?

The European Commission can set up an expert group when it needs specialist advice from outside experts (like Euclid Network) as a basis for sound policymaking. This consultative body is set up by the Commission is composed of 40 experts from the private sector  (check all members here), 40 experts from the public sector and observers from organisations such as the OECD and the UN.

Get involved

If you’d wish to provide any feedback or get involved, don’t hesitate to contact Alexandra.

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