Source: European Commission


The European Social Economy Regions initiative is aiming to raise awareness on social economy at regional and local level and to gradually build regional/local networks of social economy stakeholders. The initiative will bring together social economy enterprises, social innovators and policy-makers to promote the added value and benefits of social economy.

This is the second edition of European Social Economy Regions (ESER), and EU-based public regional or local authorities are invited to submit their proposals to organise a regional or local event by 31 January 2019.


The event aim

The objective of the event is to create effective partnerships and networks among regional and local social economy stakeholders. Organisers are free to structure the regional and local events in their preferred format, duration and venue (for example a half-day workshop, panel discussion etc.).


The Commission support

The Commission will support regional and local events under the following modalities:

  • Making a Commission expert available to participate at the event depending on a selected topic/discussion language;
  • Providing a joint visual identity of the European Social Economy Regions initiative;
  • Promoting the events.

The European Commission will not provide any financial support to the regional/local events.


How to apply?

A short concept paper of the regional/local event must be submitted to

Deadline: 31 January 2019


The call with more detailed information and criteria is accessible here


For more background information on The European Social Economy Regions 2018, see: