Social Europe Guide: Social economy and social entrepreneurship

Research Area: Public policy
Scientific coordinator: Carlo Borzaga
Project Manager: Riccardo Bodini

Project status: concluded


The Social Europe Guide is a biannual publication produced by the European Commission, aimed at providing the public at large with a general overview of EU policy in regards to employment, social affairs and inclusion. The guide illustrates the key issues and challenges in this context, explains the policy actions and instruments used by the EU and also provides examples of best practices from member states.


The fourth volume in the series, written by Euricse, describes the varied universe of  social economy in Europe, highlighting the characteristics shared by the organizational forms that traditionally belong to this realm (cooperatives, associations, mutuals and foundations) as well as the more recent phenomenon of social entrepreneurship. In addition to providing data and examples of the social economy and social entrepreneurship in Europe, the guide illustrates trends towards a greater social responsibility among citizens and consumers, for-profit companies and financial institutions. Finally, it reviews ways in which European and national policies support the social economy and social enterprise.

Main results

The volume was published in English and French by the European Commission in 2013. The Italian translation was produced by Euricse and published in 2014 with support from the Autonomous Province of Trento – Servizio Europa – through the European Social Fund.

A hard copy of the volume can be ordered from the DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion website, where the other Social Europe Guide volumes are also available.


Social economy and social enterpreneurship – Social Europe Guide – vol. 4


Commissione Europea – DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Provincia Autonoma di Trento