European conference on social economy to be held on 14-15 June in Bulgaria

//European conference on social economy to be held on 14-15 June in Bulgaria

An interesting European conference on “Social economy as an effective model for social inclusion. Social entrepreneurship, social services, employment” will be held in Bulgaria on 14-15 June. The conference has been organised during the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union, a particularly interesting moment to reflect on Europe.

You are all warmly invited.

For further information, check the draft programme below and the link to the pdf.



International Hotel, Golden Sands Resort, Varna, Bulgaria
14-15 JUNE 2018


13 June 2018 (Wednesday)

14:00-18:00 Project development workshop

14 June 2018 (Thursday)

08:30-09:30 Registrations

09:30-10:15 Welcome panel
Moderator: Georgi Georgiev – NASO
• James Crowe, EASPD President: Welcome and introduction
• Biser Petkov, Minister of Labour and Social Policy: Welcome
• Silvia Georgieva, Executive Director of the National Association of the Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria
• Ivan Portnih, Mayor of Varna Municipality

10:15-10:30 Introduction to the topic and structure by the event moderator
Moderator: Georgi Georgiev – NASO

10:30-11:15 Setting the scene
• Krzysztof Balon, Spokesperson of the EESC’s Social Economy category: What is social economy – challenges and opportunities
• Cristian Rovira, CONACEE: Social economy, social services and disability in Europe
• Rositsa Dimitrova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy: Social services in Bulgaria – an important tool of social economy for social inclusion

11:15-12:00 Exhibition
Moderator: Franz Wolfmayr – EASPD

11:30-12:00 Coffee break

12:00-13:00 Social economy and mainstreaming disability – state of play
Moderator: Patricia Scherer – Nexem

Keynote speaker
• Ann Branch, Head of the Job Creation Unit in the Skills Directorate, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, EC: The Social Business Initiative – State of play, added value, future challenges in Europe

Panel discussion: Why do we think that social economy is an employment and social inclusion opportunity for persons with disabilities?
• Kathrin Völker, Executive Director of BAG:WfbM: Social economy and services for persons with disabilities
• Ana Pelaez, EDF Vice President: Mainstreaming disability based on the social economy example
• Ivo Dimov, Board member of the National Association of the Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria and Mayor of Dimitrovgrad Municipality: Social economy – an opportunity for employment and improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities, municipal policies
• José Luis Monzón, Research Institute: CIRIEC report results – State of play and future trends

13:00-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:30 Workshop Block I

  1. Social economy employs persons with support needs
  2. Social economy actors have innovative organisational structures and act in different economical activities
  3. Social economy contributes to diversity in society
  4. Social economy contributes to a sustainable society and well-being for all
  5. Social economy stops the “draining of people” from the rural areas into the cities
  6. Employment in social enterprises empowers persons with disabilities and leads to a better quality of life
  7. Social enterprises and the transition from occupational services to social economy. How did “sheltered employment” in the Netherlands take up this challenge after a change in the legislation?
  8. Social economy profits from public procurement

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:15 Workshop Block II
• Repetition of Workshop Block I (8 WSs)

17:15-17:45 Collecting results (only for rapporteurs)

20:00-24:00 Gala dinner. NASO National Awards Ceremony for contribution to the social development of Bulgaria

15 June 2018 (Friday)

9:00-10:00 Presentation of the workshop results
Moderator: Sonia Staskowiak / Sabrina Ferraina – EASPD

10:00-11:30 Legislative frameworks and funding of the social economy in Europe
International legislative frameworks and funding
Moderator: Franz Wolfmayr – EASPD

Panel discussion
• Stef De Cock, EEE: How does the UNCRPD influence service provision?
• Eva Maydell-Paunova, Member of the European Parliament and the European People’s Party
• Iliyana Tsanova, Deputy Manager of EFSI, EIF Social Economy Unit: Funding of the social economy in Europe
• Zornitsa Rusinova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy: Funding of the social economy in Bulgaria

National legislative frameworks – promising models in the EU
Moderator: Fabrizio Fea – EASPD

Keynote speakers
• National legislative framework in France
• National legislative framework in Italy
• National legislative framework in Sweden/Flanders

11:30-12:00 Coffee break

12:00-13:30 Workshop Block III

  • Workshops on the legislative frameworks in different countries combined with promising practices (working language: English)
    o Promising practice in France
    o Promising practice in Italy
    o Promising practice in Sweden/Flanders
  • Workshop on the need for a legislative framework in Bulgaria and the related challenges (working language: Bulgarian)
    o Sultanka Petrova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy
    o Petar Nachev, Head of the Strategic Development and Demographic Policy Directorate, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:30 On the way to a declaration of Varna – Next steps towards a socially inclusive and effective social economy
Expert panel
Moderator: Luk Zelderloo – EASPD
• Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO
• Konstantin Stoyanov / Rocio Nogales, GECES
• James Crowe, President of EASPD
• Javier Güemes, Technical Director of ONCE
• Maria Gafo Gomez-Zamalloa / Orsolyia Somogyi, DG Agriculture and Rural Development

Closure of the conference
• James Crowe, President of EASPD
• Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO

16:00-18:00 Meeting of EASPD Board (closed meeting)

18:00-19:30 Meetings of EASPD Interest Groups (closed meetings)

16 June 2018 (Saturday)

09:00-11:00 Meetings of EASPD Standing Committees (closed meetings)

11:30-13:30 EASPD General Assembly (closed meeting)

Programme in a pdf-format

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