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Andor sees social enterprise as a priority for ESF 18 December 2012

Posted by cooperatoby in EU, social economy, Social enterprise.
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Let me quote with pleasure from the keynote speech by Commissioner László Andor at the EESC’s conference on 3 Oct 12, on What can social enterprises contribute to the Europe 2020 Strategy?:
“Out of all the factors that may hinder the development of social businesses, access to finance is indeed among the most important today. That is why we have put strong emphasis on the funding of social enterprises and of the social economy in our proposals for the next multiannual financial perspectives.
“The main sources of EU funding in this context are the cohesion policy funds, namely the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund…
“As the negotiations on the future programming period are set to start, I wish to make social enterprise support one of the priorities of the relevant ESF programmes. “In this context, I have also asked my colleagues to step up the technical support that the Commission can give to the ESF managing authorities and other stakeholders. This is essential to overcome the reluctance that we sometimes see to venture into new types of support.”

Full text at: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/resources/docs/keynote-speech-by-commissioner-andor.pdf

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