EU Parliament re-establishes Social Economy Intergroup
The Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament has officially confirmed the re-establishment of the Social Economy Intergroup in December 2014. This important decision has been taken thanks to the support of more than 80 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from 6 different political groups.
The Social Economy Intergroup is an informal forum for MEPs to discuss issues related to the social economy. Through regular hearings, the intergroup provides up-to-date information on EU policies and legislation linked to the social economy.
The objectives of the social economy intergroup are:
— to promote exchanges of views on EU policies and legislation linked to social economy issues,
— to provide regular opportunities for dialogue between MEPs, social economy experts, European Commission officials, civil society representatives and other relevant stakeholders,
— to bring together MEPs from all political parties and all member states,
— to ensure that the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers take into account the social economy and its actors whilst developing their policies.
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MEP Jens Nilsson (S&D, SE, and initiator of the Intergroup) declared: “I am very happy that we managed to make this happen. Now I look forward to continuing the dialogue with the sector, MEPs from different political groups and Member States in the new Social Economy Intergroup”. Referring to the broad support for the Social Economy Intergroup he added: “There is wide support in the European Parliament from members who feel that the social economy is truly important for strengthening the European economy and democracy”.
Social Economy in the EU represents 2 million enterprises and provides paid employment to over 14.5 million Europeans, which is equivalent to about 6.5% of the working population in the EU. The new Social Economy Intergroup will be an excellent tool for dialogue between Social Economy organisations and European Institutions (Parliament, Commission and Council) to promote the role of Social Economy in the European Union.