Christos Tsilikis


Stelios Katomeris

A request from Greek Social Economy Enterprises

This project concerns the formulation of a coherent and holistic Strategic Plan for the Social and Solidarity Economy in Greece. It is an innovative bottom-up effort where Greek SSE entities are – for the first time – the authors of a Strategic Plan. It is also the first of its kind scientific attempt to develop a Strategic Plan for Greek SSE organisations by asking them to communicate their problems and suggest certain actions, solutions, tools, policies and strategies that will further develop the Social Economy sector in Greece. Its primary purpose is to become a comprehensive guide that will substantially contribute to the design and development of mid-term and long-term strategies and policies for the SSE in Greece and Europe that will contain visionary and realistic proposals and actions, aiming at the development and sustainability of the sector.

Project timing is unique as it runs alongside with a series of complementary and combinational – extremely important for the future of the European SSE sector – initiatives in Europe. All aforementioned initiatives aim at the formation and development of a European Action Plan for the Social Economy so we strongly believe that our project contributes to this effort with valuable data of high reliability regarding the SSE sector in Greece. Project conclusions may be utilised by EU policy makers so – in a sense – Greek SSE entities may contribute to the formulation of a coherent and innovative European Strategic Plan.

For the needs of our study, a survey using the random sampling method -by sending an open-ended questionnaire- was conducted. The sample derived from the list of all entities registered in the official SSE registry of the Greek Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. One hundred and twelve (112) SSE organisations responded to our call for contributions, while thirty-four (34) entities answered a questionnaire of twenty-five (25) open-ended questions related to the issues concerning the operation of the sector and its capacity for further development. The remaining organisations (78) actively participated as observers by making interventions with ideas, comments and suggestions and systematically attended the online or live meetings and presentations of the project at all stages.

The seven main thematic research categories under consideration were:

  1. SSE ecosystem
  2. SSE organisations’ operating conditions
  3. SSE organisations response to social problems
  4. Cooperation between the state and organisations
  5. Networking
  6. Sustainability
  7. Problems to be solved

The interaction with the aforementioned SSE organisations gave us the opportunity to record perceptions, attitudes and opinions about the current situation in the field of SSE in Greece and helped us gather valuable feedback that contributed to the construction of proposals for the development of the whole sector.

The project concludes in a coherent proposed framework of actions in eight pillars of intervention for the development and restart of SSE in Greece presented in titles below:

Dissemination of philosophy and importance of SSE

Amendment of the legal framework for the SSE and rewording parts of paragraphs of laws 4430/2016 and 4412/2016

Founding of a central financial support body of the SSE sector

Institutional planning and operation of an educational framework for SSE

Re-publication of the call for the establishment of the Support Centers for SSE

SSE administrative reorganisation

Measuring SSE Social Impact

Design of targeted employment policies for SSE entities


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