CIRIEC study: "The Social Economy in the European Union" (2007)

This Report on Social Economy was prepared by CIRIEC (International Centre of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy) at the request of the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee).

It consists of a conceptual and comparative study of the situation of the Social Economy in the European Union and its 25 member states.

The Report was completed in 2006 and therefore does not include Bulgaria or Rumania, which joined the European Union on 1 January 2007.

The complete Report is now downloadable from the web-site of the European Economic and Social Committee in English, French and Spanich and its executive summary has been translated in 21 languages:

http://www.eesc.europa.eu/groups/3/index_en.asp?id=1405GR03EN

This Report draws a very exhaustive view of the social economy. It is intended to give a definition of social economy and to show the extend of its activities.

This reports highlights the quantitative and qualitative importance of the social economy sector in the European Union, in economical and social terms.


TABLE OF CONTENT

1. HISTORICAL EVOLUTION OF THE SOCIAL ECONOMY CONCEPT 2. MAIN THEORETICAL APPROACHES RELATED TO THE SOCIAL ECONOMY CONCEPT

3. NATIONAL CONCEPTS OF THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

4. THE COMPONENTS OF THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

5. THE PLATFORMS AND NETWORKS OF THE SOCIAL ECONOMY IN EUROPE

6. THE SOCIAL ECONOMY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION IN FIGURES

7. EXAMPLES OF COMPANIES AND ORGANISATIONS IN THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

8. THE SOCIAL ECONOMY, POLE OF SOCIAL UTILITY

9. LEGISLATION FOR THE SOCIAL ECONOMY ACTORS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

10. PUBLIC POLICIES TOWARDS THE SOCIAL ECONOMY IN EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES

11. PUBLIC POLICIES TOWARDS THE SOCIAL ECONOMY AT EUROPEAN UNION LEVEL

12. TRENDS AND CHALLENGES

Published Tuesday 25 January 2011