Toby Johnson
01 December 2014

Rome conference

Italian Presidency conference, November 2014

The Italian Presidency Conference on social economy brought together more than 600 people in Rome for two days. Its main political result is the Rome Strategy, which Italian Ministry of Labour Giuliano Poletti is going to promote towards the European institutions, in order to recognise the unique role of the eocial economy in attaining the objective of “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”.
SEN chaired workshop 2 on The role of EU structural funds for supporting social economy (Moderator: Paweł Chorąży, Rapporteur: Dorotea Daniele), where Małgorzata Lublinska relayed the lessons for fund programmers that came out of SEN’s peer reviews. The main lessons were:

  • Synergies and coordination between different sources of funding and different support measures and structures should be increased.
  • Structural funds and public policies should have an enabling role, because social economy should remain independent.
  • An integrated strategic approach designed, implemented and assessed through partnerships is key.
  • Other crucial elements are flexibility, quality, transparency, accountability and focus on results of programmes and projects
  • Transnational cooperation is needed at all levels: among Managing Authorities (MAs), among stakeholders and between MAs and stakeholders. Transnational networks promote mutual learning and transfer of good practices and their activity should continue in the new programming period.

Other members of SEN participated as speakers in the different workshops, namely Krzysztof Herbst, Petra Francova, Sven Bartilsson, Luigi Martignetti, Lippe Koivuneva and Samuel Barco.
The Rome Strategy can be downloaded at