Social Economy Europe is the voice of 2.8 million social economy enterprises and organisations in Europe. We are the social economy reference point at European-level.

We are a strategic partner to European institutions and have led on EU policy on the social economy.Created in November 2000 under the name of CEP-CMAF -the European Standing Conference of Cooperatives, Mutuals, Associations and foundations – with the purpose of establishing a permanent dialogue between the Social Economy and the European Institutions, in 2008, CEP-CMAF changed its name and officially became Social Economy Europe. Since its foundation, Social Economy Europe is the secretariat of the European Parliaments Social Economy Intergroup

Our members are European and national organisations, with presence at regional and local level, bringing the national dimension to our European work. In line with our statutes, SEE has three types of members:

To represent the interests of the social economy in the European Union so that the main EU policies promote and take into account this business model.

To promote dialogue and inter-cooperation between its members and to develop new services of common interest.

Reinforce the visibility of the economic, social and environmental impact of the social economy and values and principles that define this business model.

Supporting public authorities and organizations that promote the development of the social economy.

Our vision

SEE believes in a European Union that is determined to promote economic and social progress for their peoples, and that acknowledges its key role as global Social Economy leader. We believe in:


The General Assembly is the supreme body of SEE and meets at least once a year to approve the budget and the annual accounts and to establish strategic guidelines and the Work Plan. It is formed of representatives of all the member organisations. It is chaired by the President.

The Board of Directors has broad powers to run and manage SEE and meets at least three times per year, convened by the President. The Board appoints the association’s representatives at public or private bodies, as well as at the different boards, organisations or committees in which the association is represented.

The bureau is formed by the President and three Vice-Presidents, of whom one assumes the functions of treasurer. The bureau meets before each Board of Directors to coordinate and prepare these meetings. The director also participates in the meetings of the bureau.

Juan Antonio Pedreño,
President of Social Economy Europe:


Juan Antonio Pedreño holds a BA in Chemistry (specialized in industrial chemistry) at Granada’s University (Spain). He is an expert on social economy and co-operatives. He started his professional career as High School teacher and became a founding member of the co-operative school, high-school and vocational training centre Severo Ochoa, which he chaired for more than 20 years.
Currently, he is the President of Social Economy Europe, CEPES (Spanish Social Economy Confederation), UCOMUR (Murcia’s Region Worker Co-operatives) and UCOERM (Murcia’s Region Education Cooperatives). Furthermore, Mr. Pedreño is the General Coordinator of the ESMED Network (Euro-Mediterranean Social Economy) and a member of the Spanish Economic and Social Committee.
Juan Antonio Pedreño has also been President of COCETA (Spanish Confederation of Worker Cooperatives) and member of the Board of Directors of Cooperatives Europe. He is the author of articles and papers on the social economy enterprise model.

Patrizia Bussi,
Vice-President of Social Economy Europe:

Patrizia Bussi studied at the business management Faculty of the Turin University (Italy). She is the Director of the European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE), representing social enterprises and especially more than 3200 work integration social enterprises across Europe (26 members in 19 EU Member States, Serbia and Moldavia), aiming to contribute to sustainable development through different actions such as creating links between the job market and the social integration of disadvantaged risk-groups by improving their employment opportunities and productivity, and promoting the economic viability of social enterprises and the integration and reinforcement of their role in the general economic landscape.

During her time in ENSIE, she has also worked for two Italian social economy enterprises: the Consorzio Sociale Abele Lavoro and the A-type social cooperative Stranaidea. Since 2012 she is a member of the European Commission Expert Group on social economy and social enterprises (GECES), member of the working group on the role of clusters and similar forms of business cooperation, she was also member of the GECES’s Social Impact Measurement sub-group and member of the Italian GECES group, Gruppo Multilaterale sull’imprenditoria sociale. Since 2014 she has represented ENSIE in the Structured Dialogue with European Structural and Investment Funds' partners group of experts (ESIF SD) of the European Commission. Since the beginning of 2019 she is Vice-President of Social Economy Europe.

Alain Coheur,
Vice-President of Social Economy Europe:

Alain Coheur studied at the Faculty of Medicine at Public Health School (specialization in on hospital management) and at the Faculty of Social and Economic Science. He started his career at the University Hospital of Liege.
In 1991, he joined the Belgian National Union of Socialist Mutual Health Funds (research department). He took part in the management of the Belgian healthcare system by being a member of the Insurance Committee of the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance and in the National Council for hospitals of the Ministry of Public Health. Since 1997, he coordinates different cross-border healthcare projects between Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Germany and Luxemburg financed by Interreg European Funds.
Between 1998 and 2002, he was Project Manager at the International Association of Mutual Health Funds (AIM), still now a member of the Board of Directors, and from June 2017 new Treasurer. In 2002, he came back to the Belgian National Union of Socialist Mutual Health Funds, Solidaris, as Director for European and International Affairs. Since 2004, he is a Member of the bureau of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and vice-chairman of the Technical Commission on Mutual Benefit Societies. Between 2007 and 2016, he was President of the Belgian Non-Governmental Organisation “Solsoc” and in 2008, elected as President of Social Economy Europe until 2015, currently he is Vice-President of Social Economy Europe. Since 2013, member of the board of directors of the Belgian development Agency (ENABEL). In 2014, he became member of the European Commission Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES). Also in 2014 he became member of the “Council Wallonia Brussels for the International Cooperation” and since September 2017, new President. Since 2015, he is member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

Jérôme Saddier,
Vice-President of Social Economy Europe:

Jérôme Saddier is graduated in political science and international relations, has exercised several management responsibilities in the mutual movement and the social economy for the past fifteen years, as well as in local, national and international public institutions.
Elected President of the French Chamber of Social and Solidarity Economy (ESS-France) in December 2018, In April 2018, he joined Crédit Coopératif as Delegate to the President and was elected as Delegate Vice-President in June 2018. He was member of the Board of Directors of Crédit Coopératif from May 2015 to March 2018 as a representative of the Mutuelle Nationale Territoriale, and became Vice-President from May 2016.

From January 2014 to the end of March 2018, he served as Director General of the Mutuelle Nationale Territoriale, main mutual insurance company for the officials of French local authorities and 6th French mutual insurance company. From October 2017, he also exercised the responsibilities of Director of strategy and public affairs for the new mutual group VYV, of which he was one of the architects.
Between 2012 and 2014, he was special advisor and chief of staff to Benoît Hamon, Minister of Social and Solidarity Economy and Consumer Affairs, taking an active part in the development of the SSE law.

Since September 2016, he has also chaired AVISE, a services agency for the development of the Social and Solidarity Economy; he is also Vice-President of the French section of the International Center for Research and Information on the Cooperative, Public and Social Economy (CIRIEC-International).
He had previously held since 2003 management functions at the Mutualité Fonction Publique and at the Mutuelle des Etudiants, after having been a diplomat at the social organizations of the United Nations, Advisor to two Ministers between 2000 and 2002 (Elisabeth Guigou and Alain Richard ), and started his professional career as collaborators of local elected policy makers.
Jérôme Saddier is also a colonel in the French Air Force Citizen’s Reserve.


SEE team is based in Brussels, it assists and provide advice to the President, Vice-Presidents and Board of Directors and in cooperation with them implements the Work Plan.

Social Economy Europe Members


AIM is the umbrella organisation of health mutuals and health insurance funds in Europe and in the world. Through its 57 members from 29 countries, AIM provides health coverage to 230 million people in the world and 160 million in Europe through compulsory and/or complementary health insurance and managing health and social facilities.
AIM strives to defend the access to healthcare for all through solidarity-based and non-for profit health insurance.
AIM’s mission is to provide a platform for members to exchange on common issues and to represent their interests and values in the European and international Institutions.
The AIM was founded in 1950 based on mutuals’ values which are: solidarity; not-for-profit orientation; Universal Access to healthcare.
Mutuals and health protection organisations believe that people are at the centre of the healthcare system. Nowadays mutual societies in Europe and some other mutual societies in the world fight to preserve and embody these ideas in health protection bodies.


AMICE, the Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe, is the voice of the mutual and cooperative insurance In the 28 EU Members States, the mutual and cooperative sector has a market share of over 30% representing close to EUR 400 billion in insurance premiums. With close to 90 direct members and representing about 700 more insurers indirectly through 5 national associations, AMICE speaks for a significant part of the insurance sector.

CASES: Cooperativa António Sérgio Para A Economía Social

CASES is a Public Interest Cooperative that gathers the State and six representative organizations of the social economy sector, which are:
• ANIMAR: Portuguese Association for Local Development
• CONFECOOP: Portuguese Cooperative Confederation
• CONFAGRI: National Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives and Agricultural Credit of Portugal
• CNIS: National Confederation of Solidarity Institutions
• UMP: Union of Portuguese Misericórdias
• UMP: Union of Portuguese Mutuals

CASES’ mission is to promote the strengthening of the social economy sector, deepening the cooperation between the State and the member organizations in order to stimulate their potential to serve the socio-economic development of as well as the pursuit of policies in the volunteering area. CASES bases its activity on the following core values: cooperation and inter-cooperation; social and environmental responsibility; solidarity, democracy and transparency.

CECOP-CICOPA EUROPE: European Confederation of Industrial and Service Cooperatives

CECOP is the European confederation of industrial and service cooperatives. Our members are national federations of cooperatives, and organisations that promote cooperatives. These members represent 25 members in 15 European countries. We give voice to 40,000 enterprises, employing 1.3 million workers – mainly three types of cooperatives:
• Worker cooperatives - democratically managed and owned by the workers, who share risks and responsibilities.
• Social cooperatives - which respond to the needs of communities by providing social, cultural, educational and environmental services. These are also known as ‘services of general interest’. Some of them contribute to the integration of disadvantaged and marginalised people, by providing work.
• Cooperatives of self-employed producers/workers such as freelancers, truck drivers, taxi drivers, journalists, masons, graphic designers, consultants, doctors, lawyers etc. These cooperatives help overcome isolation and improve security, by sharing resources, benefits and things like marketing or accountancy services, workspace and equipment.
CECOP works to create a supportive environment for cooperatives, so that they can operate to their full strength and fulfil their mission of providing sustainable jobs and high quality services to communities. Our aim is to build a stronger and fairer Europe, working through cooperatives to bring democracy and solidarity to the workplace, sustainable economic growth, and social cohesion. As a European confederation, we commit ourselves to:
• Represent the interests of our members to the EU institutions, other European-level policy makers, national governments, and the wider cooperative movement.
• Support our members through networking, mutual learning, designing common strategies and agreeing collective positions.
• Develop industrial and service cooperatives across Europe, and support their capacity to cooperate with each other – building new national organisations where they don’t yet exist.
• Increase the visibility of cooperatives in industry and services, in the forms they are mainly organised - worker cooperatives, social cooperatives and cooperatives of self-employed producers.
• Carry out research and contribute to knowledge about industrial and service cooperatives .

CEDAG: European Council of Associations of General Interest

CEDAG was founded in 1989 to provide a voice for the associative sector in Europe. Its name has evolved over its twenty-six-year history to better reflect the objectives of its membership, and it is now known as the European Council for Non-Profit Organizations. Non-profit organizations make a huge impact in improving the lives of citizens across Europe in diverse fields (protection of the environment, cultural activities, health and consumer protection, antidiscrimination, youth and sport, etc.) and contribute to the European GDP, job creation and innovation.
CEDAG's main mission is to defend and promote the interests of non-profit organizations in decision making at the European level, and to support its civil society at national level with information and advice, and activities to strengthen the community of non-profit organizations across countries. As a result, a major focus of our work is advocating for civil dialogue to be established and practiced by public authorities across Europe. CEDAG works towards a vision of a pluralist society, where participatory democracy and active citizenship help to bridge the legitimacy gap between decision makers and citizens which is increasingly apparent in modern representative democracies. We are supported by financial contributions from members, and through projects.
CEDAG is an independent, organization and is not affiliated to any political party or ideology, trade union, religious belief or any public or private body.
CEDAG's vocation is to respond to the needs of civil society. Its membership covers a majority of EU Member States and extends beyond the EU.

CEPES: Confederación Empresarial Española De La Economía Social

The Spanish Confederation of Social Economy Enterprises (CEPES), established in 1992, is an employers’ confederation whose inter-industry nature makes it the Spanish Social Economy representative organisation, becoming a platform for institutional dialogue with the public authorities.
As the organisation that brings together the different economic activities that exist under the concept of Social Economy in Spain, CEPES members are the national or regional organisations and specific social economy business groups that represent the interests of Co-operatives, Worker-owned Societies, Mutual Benefit Societies, Social Integration Enterprises, Special Employment Centres for disabled people, Fishermen’s Guilds and the Associations of disabled people, with more than 200 support structures at territorial level.
CEPES represents 42.140 social economy enterprises that employ 2.2 million direct and indirect jobs and accounts for the 10% national GDP.

CONCERTES : Concertation des organisations représentatives de l’Économie Sociale (Belgium)

CONCERTES is the representative platform for Social Economy in Wallonia Brussels. ConcertES ensures the mission of representing the social economy, members, cooperators, workers, investors and other stakeholders mobilised by social economy entreprises. As a unique interlocutor with regional and federal authorities, ConcertES offers an innovative and stimulating space for reflection for its member federations. The latter can thus discuss their projects and concerns and find a common position for action. The association achieves its goals by Coordinating the consultation between the representative organizations of the social economy. ConcertES represent and defend the Social Economy based on mandates of federations and networks of social economy enterprises with the Walloon Government and any other authority public, regional, federal, community or local government for which it has been mandated. ConcertES provide analyzes and studies on the social economy. ConcertES has developed, in partnership with academics of the Centre d’Economie Sociale, Ciriec and the CIRTES, the Observatoire de l’Economie sociale that provides statistics on social economy in Belgium. ConcertES is coordinating the information website ‘www.economiesociale.be’.

European Foundation Centre

The European foundation centre is a leading platform for philanthropy in Europe, it works to strengthen the sector and make the case for institutional philanthropy as a formidable means of effecting change. We believe institutional philanthropy has a unique, crucial and timely role to play in meeting the critical challenges societies face. More people and causes benefit from institutional philanthropy than ever before, from eradicating deadly diseases and making the world’s populations healthier to combating climate change and fighting for global human rights and equality. Working closely with our members, a dynamic network of strategically minded philanthropic organisations from more than 30 countries.

EMN: European Microfinance Network

EMN - the European Microfinance Network is 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 microenterprises. It is the network’s mission to facilitate capacity building and to advocate on behalf of the sector. EMN’s core membership is made up of microfinance practitioners. These are social purpose organisations delivering financial services to the underserved or facilitating access to such services. The work of the network is also supported by partners and corporate members; organisations such as national networks, academia, service providers to the sector or banks that are involved in European microfinance issues and that support the development of microfinance in Europe.

ENSIE: European Network for Social Integration Enterprises

ENSIE - the European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE) was established in 2001 in Belgium. It gathers today 27 national and regional networks coming from 19 countries from the EU as well as Serbia and Moldova. Overall it represents more than 3150 Work Integration Social enterprises (WISEs) and about 270 000 workers. WISEs are enterprises which identify to three main principles: the social and professional integration of individuals, who due to their exclusion and their relegation to a marginal role in society have fallen victim to increasing social and professional handicaps; staying at the core of the economic system, frequently one of the major factors in the phenomenon of exclusion; and developing a strong pedagogical dimension.  ENSIE’s main goal is to represent, maintain and develop networks and federations of WISEs. At the European level, we aim at the recognition of the importance of the WISEs sector in fulfilling EU goals such as the European Pillar of Social Rights and the Sustainable Development goals.

ESS-FRANCE : Chambre Française De L’économie Sociale Et Solidaire

ESS-France – la Chambre Française de l’Economie Sociale et Solidaire - was officially created on the 24th October 2014, following the enacting of the French Law n°2014-856 of 31st July 2014 on the social and solidarity economy, which mentions it in art. 5. Although the Law mentions it, it did not create it. In fact, ESS France was born thanks to the will of its 7 founding members, which are:

• AAM – l’Association des Assureurs Mutualistes - promotes the interests of mutual insurers at national, european and international level;
• CFF – le Centre français des Fonds et Fondations - the French Foundation Center - is the leading membership association for endowment funds and foundations in France;
• CNCRESS - le Conseil National des Chambres Régionales de l’Economie Sociale et Solidaire - the National Council of the Regional Chambers of the Social and Solidarity Economy - aims to respond to the need of CRESS for regional structuring and to voice their views at the national level;
• Coop FR - is the representative organisation of the French co-operative movement;
• La Fédération Nationale de la Mutualité Française - is the voice of mutuals and mutual unions in France ;
• Le Mouvement associatif - is the national representation of French associations;
• Le Mouves - Mouvement des entrepreneurs sociaux - Social Enterprise France - federates and advances social entrepreneurs and raises public awareness of social entrepreneurship.

Furthermore, ESS-France is also formed of the following nine members:
• FINANSOL - is an association whose purpose is to promote solidarity in saving and finance;
• La Fédération des entreprises d’insertion - represents Intergration enterprises and company temporary work insertions in France ;
• La FEHAP - Fédération des établissements hospitaliers et d’aide à la personne privés non lucratifs - is the referent federation of the health, social and medical-social fields of the private non-profit sector;
• Le CJDES - Centre des Jeunes, des Dirigeants, des acteurs de l’Economie Sociale et Solidaire - is an association of women and men from all the components of the social and solidarity economy wishing to network and act for the spread of values and principles of the social and solidarity economy;


Eurodiaconia is a European network of churches and Christian NGOs providing social and healthcare services and advocating social justice. Together our membership represents 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. Diaconal work, Christian faith-motivated work for social justice and provision of social care, has a very long history and has traditionally emanated from the Church. However, recent years have seen the emergence of independent or church-related NGOs working in the same tradition. In 1995, several such diaconal organisations in Europe agreed to form a network that would concern itself with the issues and policies of the European Union and its impact on the work of diaconal organisations. Eurodiaconia was duly formed and registered as an NGO in Strasbourg, France, in 1997. In 2008, the legal entity was transferred and registered in Belgium as an Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif (e.g not-for-profit international association).

FEBEA: European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks and Financiers.

FEBEA is the European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks and Financiers, founded in Brussels in 2001 as a non-profit association. FEBEA gathers financial institutions whose aim is to finance social and solidarity-based economy. Today it federates 28 members (banks and other types of financial organisations) based across 15 European countries, serving more than 700,000 people between customers and shareholders, employing more than 3,000 workers and with aggregated total assets amounting to over 30 billion €. In order to reach its goal of developing ethical and solidarity-based finance in Europe, FEBEA supports its members by facilitating the exchange of information and best practices and the co-operation between national networks and practitioners of the social economy and ethical finance in Europe.


Forum Nazionale Terzo Settore (FTS) is the main representative subject of the Italian Third Sector. It was founded on 19th June 1997 and it is a recognized “social partner” legitimated by the Government.
In October 2017 the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy recognized it as “the most representative association of the Third Sector entities” in Italy. With this recognition the FNTS has become the main representative in the relation with institutions at a national, regional and local level and has gained a full and autonomous political capacity and subjectivity.
The National Forum of the Third Sector has an important representative weight in the country. It represents:
86 national nets, which operate in the domain of voluntary work, associationism, social cooperation, international cooperation, ethics finance and fair trade in our country.
150.000 territorial organizations, which represent half of the national third sector organizations.
More than 3.000.000 voluntary workers
More than 500.000 workers
During time 20 regional Forum and about 60 territorial Forum were formed (provincial and local) where can be found the different realities of the territorial social life.
Forum Nazionale Terzo Settore enjoys an high level of confidence among Italians (78,8% - Eurispes data). It also plays an important role in affirming important themes like social cohesion, citizen and democratic participation to the public life in our country.

IPSE: Institut de la Protection Sociale Européenne

Since 1989, Ipse has constantly reaffirmed its determination to support the European construction of a social protection system based on solidarity and non-profit making, by promoting social dialogue to this end. In its thirty years of existence, Ipse has built up a network of qualified experts, think tanks, media, deputies, institutions, social protection operators, structures of the social economy and social partners in order to best honour its ambitions. Through both its events - European Meetings, Professional Symposia, Study Trips, Synergy Workshops - and publications, Ipse has distinguished itself as a place for debate, exchanges and proposals on the various developments affecting the field of complementary and mutual social protection. Ipse believes that social economy as well as social and civil dialogue are undeniable assets in strengthening social Europe.

REVES: European Network of Cities and Region for The Social Economy

REVES is the unique European network that brings together local authorities and social economy organisations from 15 EU Member States. The network has been created in 1996. REVES members act together in order to promote social and solidarity economy, for a fairer, inclusive, participative and responsible society. In this context, partnership between local authorities and social economy is considered a driving force to build sustainable local communities and contribute, at the same time, to strengthen solidarity and responsible citizenship also at EU level.
REVES activities are based on 3 pillars:

1. Exchange of good (and bad) practice/Training (e.g. European Structural and Investment Funds and Community-Led Local development in urban and rural areas; Public Procurement and Alternatives to Public Procurement; Social Economy and Education; Platform Cooperativism&social economy in the digital era; Youth; Integration of Migrants...)

2. Experimentation/Joint project development (example: Territorial Social Responsibility; new methodologies to pool private and public funding for the social economy; linking energy efficiency and social action; transmission of enterprises to worker cooperatives...)

3. Dialogue with European and national policy-makers (e.g. Participation in the European Commission’s GECES expert group and the European Commission’s ESIF-SD Expert Group, etc.)

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