Save the date : November 9th, 2017 at the European parliament in Brussels


Save The Date : EFSSE 2017

Brussels, 9 November 2017
European Parliament


The second Forum for the Social economy in Europe, co-organized by the Confederal Group of the European United Left / Nordic Green Left (GUE / NGL) and European networks of SSE (RIPESS, Cooperatives Europe, ENSIE, REVES, CECOP-CICOPA EUROPE, SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE) will take place:

9 November 2017
from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm
in the premises of the European Parliament

For the GUE / NGL, Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) is a strategic issue in that it allows to show and to build a social and economic alternative to the ultra-liberal Europe; this alternative can, even must, be built in cooperation with the largest possible number of actors of the SSE.

This is why the EFSSE 2017 was co-built with SSE actors. In this sense, the conferences and the workshops will be led by members of the SSE networks and members of the GUE / NGL.


You will be offered   :

Three Plenary Conferences:

  • Status and news of SSE in Europe
  • Youths & SSE
  • SSE to social and territorial cohesion

Four workshops for a real exchange between the participants:

  • Workshop 1: Social economy answers to new employment challenges in Europe
  • Workshop 2: SSE practices to contribute to social and territorial cohesion and the fight against inequality
  • Workshop 3: Co-construction of public policies for the SSE
  • Workshop 4: SSE and practical proposals for the reception and integration of refugees and migrants


  • An information stand on SSE funding

The program will be posted on

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The registration is closed.

A Strategic GUE/NGL Group Initiative

Last May, the European United Left / Nordic Confederation Group (GUE / NGL) decided to turn its traditional support for the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) into one of its main strategic focuses for this legislature (2014-2019).

Therefore, GUE/NGL Group has set as one of its main goals for 2016 the organization of the first European Forum of Social and Solidarity Economy (EFSSE), aiming at promoting an exchange of experiences among the different actors in the SSE in Europe, highlighting the problems faced by the sector, as well as its potential in tackling the effects of the crisis. Specific actions of political impact will be proposed, intended to foster the consolidation and expansion of the SSE within the EU.

(Of course) There Is An Alternative

Social and Solidarity Economy represents an alternative proposal to the dominant economic-productive model. The SSE understands the economy not as a goal but as a tool to achieve personal and community welfare and development.

Integrating economic activities centered on people, their communities and the environment, the SSE affects not only the way production is carried on but all the aspects of the economic process. It promotes fairer relations of production and a different approach to the goods distribution process, encourage responsible consumption and even shift the traditional schemes of financing activities.

The SSE consists of cooperatives, associations, social enterprises and associations of informal workers, other grassroots groups and individuals that are all guided by principles of justice, democracy, cooperation, reciprocity, mutual aid and sustainability.

Fairer and More Resilient Against Crisis

The economic importance of the SSE is beyond any doubt, representing over 14 million jobs (6.5% of total employment in the EU) and having proved to be extraordinary resilient to the impacts of the crisis concerning unemployment. It is a booming sector, which generates qualitative benefits, which although difficult to be measured, have the potential to improve the quality of democracy while proposing frames of production and reproduction more compatible with fairer and more sustainable societies.

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