In the midst of an era defined by unprecedented technological advancements, social transformations, and economic shifts, Europe stands at a crossroads. These changes have sparked labor market restructuring, job insecurities, and socio-economic inequalities, yet they also offer new opportunities and a redefinition of individual and collective goals. Against this backdrop, the social economy assumes paramount importance for European economies, especially in light of the green transition and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SECON: An initiative to boost social economy in EU regions
SECON aims to drive policy improvement and facilitate the exchange of best practices to promote social economy within EU regions. Recognising the potential of the social economy as a catalyst for sustainable growth and community development, the project intends to create an enabling environment that supports its advancement. To achieve this, SECON will embark on a comprehensive range of activities, including regional and interregional learning initiatives, the development of studies and reports, and knowledge exchange endeavors.
SECON sets forth a transformative vision, with aspirations centered on improving policies and implementing impactful project activities. The key objectives include:
Raising Awareness and Visibility:
SECON aims to raise awareness among conscientious consumers, encouraging responsible and local purchasing, and highlighting the significance of the social economy.
Empowering Social Enterprises:
By facilitating social enterprises' access to responsible public procurement and funding instruments, SECON strives to generate sustainable revenue streams and foster financial self-sufficiency.
Business Support and Capacity Building:
SECON is committed to providing comprehensive business support and capacity building opportunities to empower social enterprises and strengthen their operations.
Catalysing Green and Digital Transitions:
Recognising the potential of the social economy, SECON seeks to maximize its contribution to the ongoing green and digital transitions, ensuring a sustainable and inclusive future.
Fueling Regional Social Innovation:
SECON aims to ignite regional social innovation, creating a fertile ground for transformative ideas and initiatives to flourish.
To achieve these ambitious goals, SECON has formed a robust partnership comprising 10 organisations. This alliance includes nine public authorities at the regional and local levels, alongside a seasoned civil society organisation spanning nine countries.
SECON stands at the forefront of driving transformative change across Europe, harnessing the potential of the social economy to address pressing challenges and seize new opportunities. Through comprehensive policy improvements, impactful project activities, and a collaborative partnership, SECON aims to shape a future where the social economy thrives, creating a more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous Europe for all.