Anna Kucinska
19 August 2014

Poland has adopted the National Strategy of the Social Economy Development

The Polish government has adopted the National Strategy of the Social Economy Development (KPRES), following many months of work of the Working Group for Systemic Solutions in Social Economy, public consultations and inter-ministerial agreements. This governmental document is key to social entrepreneurship in Poland as it sets course for the development of the sector.
 
The KPRES is aimed, above all, at public institutions which establish and implement particular public policies and at social enterprises.
 
The document's main objective is to ensure that by 2020 social entrepreneurship is an important driver of the employment as well as social cohesion and development. It is expected that the implementation of this programme will contribute to the creation of 35,000 jobs, particularly for those threatened with social exclusion.
 
„At last! I'm very happy about it. Now we need to get down to work and start implementing the KPRES regulations”, says Cezary Miżejewski who has co-authored the document. “I think that within two weeks we will need to prepare final procedures, in co-operation with the Department of Public Benefit at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy which will run the National Secretariat of Social Economy. We will also need to set up the National Committee on Social Economy Development, possibly on the basis of the Working Group for Systemic Solutions in Social Economy. Now we're in for hard work”.
 
The adoption of the KPRES is also one of the conditions that Poland needs to meet ex ante with regard to the 2014-2020 finance framework. As for the funding under the Common Strategic Framework 2014-2020, it will only be available if specified initial conditions are met which will ensure the effective implementation of the programmes co-financed from EU funding.
 
The KPRES distinguishes three pillars underpinning the development of social economy:
- the political one, that is the creation of a favourable climate for social economy at the end of the public administration, including socially responsible public procurement,
- the social one which involves boosting social potential, strengthening social ties and activity,
- the entrepreneurial pillar which involves consolidating the position and developing business competences of social enterprises.
 
The authors of the KPRES underline that increasing the involvement of social enterprises in delivering social services is an important factor for the functioning of a socially responsible community. This will both strengthen these businesses and enhance the involvement of the local community in implementing public policies. It is also essential to ensure co-operation at the supra-local level and such forms of collaboration as clusters, partnerships and social franchising are meant to serve this purpose. The establishment of sustainable and stable economic ties may substantially impact on the competitiveness of the sector.
 
For more information on this topic see the case study Strategic Partnership Between Public and Civic Shareholders in Poland.

 

 
Source: Editorial team of http://ekonomiaspoleczna.pl, 12 August 2014

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