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Annual Conference 2018 - Varna, Bulgaria

Social Economy as an Effective Model for Social Inclusion

Social Enterprises, Social Services and Employment
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General Information

EASPD, in cooperation with the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in Bulgaria organises this international conference in Varna (Bulgaria). The conference “Social Economy as an Effective Model for Social Inclusion - Social entrepreneurship, social services, employment” is part of the official program of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will focus on the concept of social economy with the advantages, challenges and the state of play in European Policy and discuss if it really leads to a more inclusive EU with social cohesion? We will also look at the legal frameworks in different European countries, and share best practices.

Conference Theme: Social Economy as an Effective Model for Social Inclusion
Event Location: Varna, Bulgaria
Event Venue: Golden Sands Resorts 
Event Dates:
13 June 2018 – Project Development Workshop
14-15 June 2018 – Conference
16 June 2018 – General Assembly

Conference Languages: English, Bulgarian
Sign Language Interpretations: Bulgarian 
Velotyping: English

Download our social media pack: EASPD Varna Conference - Social Media Pack (.zip) 

Preliminary conference report

Event Summary

You can view the event summary here (.PDF). 

Conference Details

During the conference, we will:

  • Present and discuss the social economy concept and its effects on quality of life and social cohesion as well as a more sustainable and inclusive society via its underlying values as well as its initiatives and actions.
  •  Show illustrative case study examples of how organisations, regardless of whether they work directly in the disability field or not, can be examples of diversity and act as models for ‘disability mainstreaming’.
  • Show how the social economy can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN.
  • Promote a disability mainstreaming approach, in addition to disability specific initiatives, in society as a whole and in Social Economy enterprises and organisations in particular.
  • Present and discuss the EU strategy on social economy.
  • Evaluate different concepts and their conditions of success.
  • Present and evaluate different frameworks (legal frameworks, financial and tax frameworks.


The social services sector currently employs over 10 million staff with over 1.7 million new jobs created in Europe between 2008 and 2015. With an ageing population and changing family patterns, it is expected that the sector will continue to grow over the next few decades. For the sector to respond positively to this trend and continue to provide high quality social services, it is essential that any framework on social services covers the following issues:

  • Ensuring adequate, continuous and sustainable funding of the sector, guaranteeing the provision of high quality individualized social services for all and enabling social innovation.
  • Improving the attractiveness of the sector for workers, by improving salaries, working conditions and career paths.
  • Managing the transition to community based services in line with rapidly evolving role of public authorities, societal changes and individual needs.
  • Embed technological developments as key elements supporting innovation in the sector.


There conference is organised in cooperation with: 

  • European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)




Contact Information

For more information or questions, please contact our Project & Liaison Officer, Ms Sonia Staskowiak (


 With the financial support of the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” (2014-2020). The information contained in this publication does not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Commission.