Civil Society Days 2021
The 2021 Civil Society Days will take place between 1-5 of March, online.
The fully virtual 2021 EESC Civil Society Days are intended to be a public forum bringing together European citizens, civil society organisations and the European institutions for a debate about the essential components of A Sustainable Recovery for the Future of Europe's citizens. While delivering on the high expectations of its citizens, Europe must ensure that the ecological and digital transitions are built on the values of solidarity and human rights, social justice, equality, and on education, culture, migration, democracy, participation and entrepreneurship.
Cooperatives Europe, together with Social Economy Europe, will host a workshop titled "Social Economy and youth entrepreneurship for a sustainable recovery," which aims to gather experiences from young entrepreneurs in the social economy and cooperatives, bring knowledge from educational institutions, spark an exchange on EU initiatives aimed at supporting youth entrepreneurship in the social economy and generate learning through exchanging good practices.
Find the full workshop agenda here.
Young people today are more and more socially and environmentally aware and responsible. Many young people are seeking jobs that reflect their values, which are meaningful, contribute to society and take sustainability into account. The concept of individual success is being challenged by a paradigm shift towards cooperation – to provide collective answers to collective challenges. Self-employment is on the rise, especially in the platform economy, but this can come with social protection risks for entrepreneurs and workers. In this context, social economy business models, such as cooperatives, mutuals, associations, foundations and social enterprises, represent an opportunity for young citizens to access the labour market and start their own business.
However, many young people in Europe today are not aware of the existence of social economy business models and sometimes do not have access to information on how to start their own social economy enterprise. This is why there is a need to build a conducive environment and find ways to support young entrepreneurs.
This workshop aims to gather experiences from young entrepreneurs in the social economy and cooperatives, bring knowledge from educational institutions, spark an exchange on EU initiatives aimed at supporting youth entrepreneurship in the social economy and generate learning through exchanging good practices.
Jean-Louis Bancel, President of Cooperatives Europe, Giuseppe Guerini, spokesperson of the EESC Social Economy Category and President of CECOP-CICOPA Europe, Ann Branch, Head of the Job Creation unit at DG EMPL, European Commission, Nicolás Dimarco, Argentinian Federation of Cooperatives in the tech sector (FATTIC), Petro Darmoris, Chief Operating Officer at the Ukrainian Social Academy, Ana Aguirre, Co-founder and worker owner of TAZEBAEZ cooperative, Thibault Sauvageon, National Delegate of L’ESPER (social economy partner of French schools): Social economy week in schools, Alicia Homs MEP (S&D, ES), Member of the Social Economy Intergroup, Juan Antonio Pedreño, President of Social Economy Europe, Ulla Engelmann, Head of the Social Economy unit at DG Grow, European Commission.