Responding to the potential of the social economy, The European Commission launched the European Action Plan for the Social Economy on the 9th of December 2021. The Action Plan centres the development and growth of the social economy through proposed actions for the period of 2021-2030.

The significance of the social economy is placed in its ability to supply quality jobs, support more inclusive and equitable labour markets, and active participation of people in society, as well as advancing the green and digital transitions. Additionally, as the social economy contributes towards elevated employment rates while minimizing those experiencing poverty and social exclusion, it directly influences the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This correlation offers a starting point in the deserved recognition of non-for-profits and social service provides (our members) as vital to the EU realizing its social and environmental objectives. If accompanied by concrete actions, the Action Plan can offer our members a pathway to expand and maintain their delivery of quality, affordable and accessible services and support their contribution towards the reduction of unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.

Eurodiaconia’s briefing presents a summary and analysis of the most relevant points of the Action Plan, and identifies the next steps to ensure the social economy can thrive.

The briefing paper can be accessed here.