Euricse and the Italian Council for Economy and Labour have signed a collaboration agreement to foster the growth of the social economy in Italy and measure its social and productive impact. Among various fronts of collaboration, the agreement includes the development of the “satellite account for the social economy”, as a key data source to monitor how the social economy impacts the Italian economy overall. The agreement has a three-year duration and consolidates the already existing collaboration between the two institutions. The protocol also provides for in-depth study activities on issues relating to the social economy, the implementation of the Social Economy Action Plan, the organization of initiatives of common interest and the possibility of launching working groups with the participation of highly qualified experts in the social economy field.
Here is the news on the Italian Council for Economy and Labour website
At the basis of the collaboration agreement is the need to study in depth the issues related to the social economy in Italy, with particular reference to the reform of the Third Sector Code, the regulation of organizations and enterprises operating in the field of the social economy; the study of financial instruments suited to the specific needs of social economy organizations; the highlighting and measurement of the economic impact of social activities, and related actions in the community and international spheres.
Euricse and the National Council for Economy and Labour have therefore agreed to delve into the content of the plan, approved by the European Commission, which sets the guidelines for a course for the next ten years, and is aimed at promoting the social economy, creating jobs and concretely encouraging a fair and inclusive recovery and green and digital transitions.
In view of Euricse’s expertise in deepening the role of cooperative and social enterprises and other nonprofit organizations and their impact on economic and social development, the convention also places emphasis on measurement and impact assessment, with reference to the “satellite account” for the social economy, as provided for in the last Budget Law. This tool, which ISTAT – the Italian national statistical institute – will have the task of implementing within the next five years, will be able to offer a joint representation of the sector from both the supply and demand sides, so as to highlight a phenomenon of great importance in terms of GDP and employment effects, such as the social economy, which is destined to constitute a further pillar of the country’s economic development.
Still according to the contents of the agreement, the parties also commit themselves to organizing technical meetings, seminars and other initiatives of common interest, and to launching in-depth study groups involving the participation of highly qualified subjects in the field of social economy, given that the Action plan for social economy has placed at the center of economic growth all forms of organization that have not only a profit-making purpose but also a social purpose.
The signing of this agreement represents an added value for EURICSE’s expertise in social economy, both in terms of research and analysis of public policies at European and national level.
Not only that, but this memorandum of understanding consolidates a collaboration that the two institutions have already been working on for some time, and which on 21st January 2022 saw the participation of Gianluca Salvatori, Secretary General of EURICSE (and also a member of GECES, the European Commission’s group of experts on the social economy), in the first webinar for the presentation in Italy of the action plan for the social economy, organized by CNEL in collaboration with the MEF – The Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance.