Social Economy as an Effective Model for Social Inclusion
Social Enterprises, Social Services and Employment
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
13 June 2018 – Project Development Workshop
14-15 June 2018 – Conference
16 June 2018 – General Assembly
Conference Languages: English, Bulgarian
Sign Language Interpretations: Bulgarian
Download our social media pack: EASPD Varna Conference - Social Media Pack (.zip)
You can register here. Registrations will close 15 May 2018.
EASPD members: €220.00
EASPD and NASO members from Central & Eastern Europe**: €60.00
Non-EASPD members: €250.00
Non-EASPD and non-NASO members from Central & Eastern Europe**: €80.00
** A list of countries from Central & Eastern Europe:
**Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Call for Workshop Speakers
Please note that all submissions of abstracts need to be submitted to Ms Sonia Staskowiak, at email@example.com by 16 March 2018.
Cross Cutting themes for workshops
• Best practice in service provision;
• Data collection/research;
• Pan-Disability (i.e. physical, learning, mental health, sensory and hidden disability);
• Quality Assurance and monitoring systems;
• Individualised approach.
Specific themes for workshops
• Social economy employs persons with support needs
• Social economy actors have innovative organisational structures and act in different economical activities
• Social economy contributes to diversity in society
• Social economy contributes to a sustainable society and well-being for all
• Social economy stops the ‘draining of people’ from the rural areas in to the cities.
• Employment in social enterprises empower persons with disabilities and lead to better quality of life
• Social enterprises and the transition from occupational services to social economy
• Social economy profits from public procurement.
You can view the event summary here (.PDF).
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)
For more information or questions, please contact our Project & Liaison Officer, Ms Sonia Staskowiak (Sonia.Staskowiak@easpd.eu).
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.