Social Economy Europe is the organisation in charge of the secretariat of the Social Economy Intergroup.

Created in 1990, permanently for 24 years, the Social Economy Intergroup of the European Parliament has a positive track record.

The Social Economy Intergroup was officially re-launched on 26th of January 2015, thanks to the support of more than 80 MEPs from 6 different political groups.

This wide backing represents a strong support from the European Parliament to the social economy sector, and its capacity to create sustainable and inclusive growth, quality jobs and social cohesion in the European Union.

The European Parliament's Social Economy Intergroup main purposes are:

  • To promote exchanges of views on EU policies linked to social economy issues.

  • To provide regular opportunities for dialogue between MEPs, social economy sector, the European Commission, civil society representatives and other stakeholders.

  • To ensure that EU institutions take into account the social economy and its actors whilst developing its policies.

  • To promote the development of Social Economy in the EU, and unlock it’s potential to contribute to inclusive growth, jobs creation and social and environmental innovation.

The European Parliament's Social Economy Intergroup organises four public hearings each year to exchange views with the different European institutions and with the social economy organisations about interesting topics, challenges or issues for the social economy.

Currently Social Economy Intergroup has five Co-Presidents and two Vice-Presidents (from five different political groups and 6 nationalities).


Jens Nilsson, Co-President (S&D, Sweden)

Ramón Luis Valcárcel, Co-President (EPP, Spain)

Beatriz Becerra, Co-President (ALDE, Spain)

Marie-Christine Vergiat, Co-President (GUE/NGL, France)

Sven Giegold, Co-President (GREENS/EFA, Deutschland)

Sofía Ribeiro, Vice-President (EPP, Portugal)

Elena Gentile, Vice-President (S&D, Italy)

Our Members