Social Economy Europe’s General Assembly held – as an online meeting – on Tuesday 2 June, approved the adhesion of three new member organisations to SEE’s family:
A European network of churches and Christian NGOs providing social and healthcare services and advocating social justice. Together its members represent the needs and unique experiences of 52 national and regional organisations in 32 countries. Diakonia is Greek for service and in the biblical sense, this means service for and with people in need. Eurodiaconia members have a growing interest for the social economy and are actually promoting social economy projects aiming at ensuring the social and labour inclusion of people in a situation of vulnerability.
The voice of European microfinance, a member-based not-for-profit organisation based in Brussels, which promotes microfinance as a tool to fight social and financial exclusion in Europe through self-employment and the creation of micro-enterprises. It is the network’s mission to facilitate capacity building and to advocate on behalf of the sector.
Since 21 June 1989, Ipse has always reaffirmed its determination to support the construction of a European solidarity-based and non for profit social protection system, by promoting social dialogue to this end. In thirty years of existence, IPSE has built up a network of qualified experts, institutions, social protection operators and social partners in most EU Member States . Through its events – European Meetings, Professional Symposia, Study Trips, Synergy Workshops – IPSE has distinguished itself as a privileged space for debate, exchanges and proposals on the various developments affecting the field of complementary and mutual social protection.
Social Economy Europe’s President Juan Antonio Pedreño stressed:
We are honoured to welcome Eurodiaconia, the European Microfinance Network (EMN) and IPSE to Social Economy Europe’s family. We are a growing organisation aiming at building a meaningful long-term project. I would like to thank these three important EU organisations for their generosity and for believing in SEE’s project: together we will better defend the interests of the 2.8 million social economy enterprises and organisations and shape a better future of Europe, with an economy that works for people and the planet, that leaves no one behind and that generates shared prosperity and wellbeing.
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