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The European Parliament welcomes the successful Spanish Social Economy Act

30 05 2012

As part of the event organized by the Social Economy Intergroup of the European Parliament

1 in 5 Europeans belong to the Social Economy 9 million people work in such institutions The social economy should be a player in European Policies

(Brussels, May 30, 2012) - The co-chairs of the Social Economy Intergroup of the European Parliament, Marc Tarabllea and Mario Mauro, have been discussed in his opening address the significant role played by the European Social Economy and the advances that are occurring around the sector.

Both have stressed the need to "generate a productive approach in the sector in each of the states and start learning to encourage regions and member states to enhance the business model that is showing significant results in job creation and businesses. "

Vice President of the Committee of the Regions, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, has indicated in his speech that "one in five Europeans belong to the social economy, data that highlight the value of nine million jobs working in such entities."

During his speech, the politician Murcia has found the strength of the Social Economy in Spain and in particular in the region of Murcia, where the social economy represents 10% of GDP in the region. Valcarcel said that "the Region of Murcia is the most jobs and businesses created with formulas of social economy in the pastyears. "

Murcia also president said that "at this time Social economy enterprises are set up as a hope for the future, with the characteristics of these companies one of the greatest virtues that holds the industry."

Valcárcel has reinforced these ideas recalling the latest data from Commissioner Barnier, who said that the impact of the social economy in Europe sits between 15 and 17% of European GDP and employment.

According to Valcarcel, all places the social economy and their representative organizations in a prominent place in the European dialogue for achieving the objectives of Strategy 2020.

To end the chief executive of the Region of Murcia has exposed some of the lines of work to address in the future. Valcárcel has highlighted first generation of European regulatory frameworks that recognize the social economy as an economic partner player must participate in public policy.

Secondly, he noted that the employment guidelines that make the EU institutions enhance the quality job creation and inclusion of groups at exclusion in the labor market.

"In short, the social economy should be a key player in European politics, so it encourages member states and institutions to pursue policies that enhance the business models, transparent, accountable and sustainable," added Valcarcel.

Juan Antonio Pedreño, Chairman of CEPES,has exposed the Spanish experience and commented that "the Social Economy Law 5/2011 has been an unprecedented milestone for an industry that generates employment over other business models," "the unanimous approval of all parliamentary groups reflects political and social sensitivity that puts the sector at the place it deserves, "added Pedroza.

This Act is a unique instrument as it reinforces the corporate brand plurality EU2020 Strategy.The chairman of the management has encouraged member states to develop similar initiatives to strengthen the important role these businesses.

Vice President of the Intergroup, Sven Giegol reaction to the presentation of Juan Antonio Pedroza stressed that the "Spanish law can serve as an excellent reference for the development of the European Social Economy".

Panel shared with the president of CEPES, legislative experiences in Belgium, France, Portugal and Sweden.