Social economy is a major policy priority of the European Union due to the resilience of its social effects and economic benefits during times of crisis.
As a result of the long-lasting economic crisis, public spending and the welfare budget in Greece have been increasingly reduced, resulting in social degradation. In addition, the increasing public debt and the disintegration of the private business sector led to high rates of unemployment.
While structural and market changes will help the economic recovery, Greece has an opportunity to support economic and business activity, as well as social cohesion, through the development of social economy.
In comparison with the rest of Europe, where dialogue on social innovation has been continuing for up to 30 years, the social economy sector in Greece is still emerging.
As part of the Technical Assistance for the development of social and solidarity economy in Greece, the British Council will be supporting the Greek authorities in the implementation of a national Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) strategy.
The idea behind the strategy is to increase the number and effectiveness of SSE organisations and therefore increase economic resilience and social cohesion within Greek society. This will be achieved through continuous guidance, technical support, recommended actions and targeted activities.
Expected outputs of the new project will include:
- a clear overview and understanding of the SSE field in Greece in comparative European perspectives
- a harmonised framework of SSE legislation
- new links and forms of collaboration between the SSE
- new resources, capacity and knowledge for SSE stakeholders.
The project started in December 2016 and will run for 18 months. The total contract value is €526,000.