Project Details

Title: Public policies And Social Enterprises
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Nov 2008 - 31st Dec 2011


Total budget: €1,834,412.00
ERDF contribution: €1,402,222.98

Lead partner

Marche Region
via Tiziano, 44
60125, Ancona

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    • Contact Person: Mauro Terzoni
      Phone: 39 071 8063739
      Fax: 39 071 803018

Project summary

This project aims to promote the interregional cooperation among seven public bodies at the regional and the local level, one school of public administration and one public training center coming from different EU-MSs. The overall objective of the project is to enforce the effectiveness of the regional public policies in promoting and supporting social entrepreneurship as an asset for local economic development and territorial competitiveness. The European Parliament, the Commission and the Economic and Social Committee have recognised the specificities of the enterprises of the social economy and their capacity to correct major economic and social imbalances and to help to achieve a number of general interest objectives.

Starting from different level of competences and experiences, the partners intend to exchange experiences, methods and tools which have proved successful in strengthening the economic viability and entrepreneurial spirit of the social enterprises.

The activities have been organized into 4 working steps which concern:

Step 1: the identification, selection and comparison of good practices regarding public policies supporting SEs.

Step 2: the deepening of the knowledge of the selected good practices in order to facilitate their transfer into recipients countries

Step 3: the transferring of the good practices into the recipients countries, on the basis of local “road maps” defined with the contribution of all partners.

Step 4: the developing of joint guidelines for improving the capability of local public authorities in managing public procurement for the provision of services of general interests involving social enterprises.

The main outputs of the operation will be a catalogue of the identified and selected good practices on regional public instruments to support social enterprises and joint guidelines on innovative strategies favouring the emergence of new public social partnership/procurement models at the local level.

The expected results of the operation refer to an increased capacity of the policy makers in detecting the needs of social enterprises in their territories, thus favouring a local sustainable development.

Communication will play a crucial role in supporting the operation all through its implementation. The project outputs and results will be widely circulated and mainstreamed at the local, regional, national and EU level.

Project achievements

PASE focused on strengthening the role of social enterprises as a driving force in regional and local sustainable development. Comprising 8 partners from seven different Member States, the project has widely disseminated and transferred policy experience, knowledge and good practices achieved in each territory. It also developed a catalogue of good practices on the social economy and a report on new public instruments strengthening the role of social enterprises, for use across the EU. Social enterprises are increasingly recognised for their capacity to tackle major economic and social imbalances, while benefiting their local community in general.PASE aimed to boost the effectiveness of regional public policies in promoting and supporting social entrepreneurship.Further goals included increasing the capacity of policymakers and local stakeholders to define policies which will encourage social enterprises,as well as to create specific tools to promote social entrepreneurship

PASE identified 40 BPs, for not only enhancing cooperation of regional and local authorities with their local partners, but also proving concrete ideas and methods for transferring the “good practices” from one context to another. Some of these models were successfully applied, through implementation road maps and study visits.Among these,17 BPs were compiled in a Catalogue which draws even some interesting conclusions ad suggestions to put forward for the implementation of concrete measures and policies at a national and EU level.The project also produced a final document “New public instruments strengthening the role of social enterprises as driving force in regional and local sustainable development. It offers readers ideas on developing new and innovative instruments to foster new kinds of social partnership and procurement models at local public levels.One of the proposed instruments is an annual school on public social partnerships and public procurement, devoted to networking

and training issues. Another, the development of an action plan based on the methodology of tested projects,for rolling out guidelines in a given territory.PASE also helped to improve regional and local policies on social enterprise, chiefly to remove structural barriers facing public authorities and local stakeholders.In Marche Region a law has been modified to encourage more co-planning between the public and private sectors. In Arges County (RO), the council recently made it a strategic goal to promote and support the social economy for the benefit of disadvantaged groups. In Poland a new Syllabus of the post graduate course Social Economy was improved an now it is a reference at national level for various universities.The project helped to redefine the relationship between public and private sectors dealing with social services, in terms of their regional policies and strategies for service provision.

A key recommendation is to involve social enterprises in the planning, design, management and evaluation of the social services system.The project’s sustainability is ensured thanks to the transfer of good practices.The transfer of GPs has opened the way for greater innovation, by offering a model for other partners, especially public sector bodies, to provide more pro-active support for social enterprises.PASE results have been presented in international conferences and discussed by EU panels on the social economy.The project was also actively involved in the EU discussion on the Single Market Act, as a good practice presented at the thematic forum organised by the CoR. A community of practices has been activated through the opening of a forum on the project website, enabling all participants to discuss project topics and to stay updated on ongoing legislative reform of public procurement, even after the project's end.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Marche Region, Ancona ITALY Marche 39 071 8063739
Andalusian Governemnt, Gen. Manag. of Social Economy and Entrepreneurship, Seville SPAIN Andalucía 34954995691
City of Forest - Brussels Capital-Region, Brussels BELGIUM Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest 0032 23347282
Arges County Council, Pitesti ROMANIA Sud - Muntenia 40248223934
Cracow University of Economics, the Małopolska School of Public Administration, Kraków POLAND Malopolskie 0048 122937560
Adult Education Centre of the City of Hannover, Hannover GERMANY Hannover 0049 511168 44775
South Madrid Consortium, Fuenlabrada ( Madrid) SPAIN Comunidad de Madrid 34916214350
REGIONAL COUNCIL Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, Marseille FRANCE Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 0033 491575518
Municipality of Rome, Councillorship for the Peripheral Areas, Roma ITALY Lazio 39 0667109763


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