European Parliament adopts report on inclusion and the social economy


The European Parliament has approved a report outlining its key recommendations on the EU Action Plan for the Social Economy. The report highlights that social economy contributes to social integration and quality job creation, including for persons with disabilities. It therefore calls for legal and policy frameworks to be strengthened, including in relation to the provision of guidance on access to EU support mechanisms. The report welcomes the European Commission’s commitment to introducing a recommendation on developing social economy framework conditions, whilst also calling for the establishment of a statute for European cross-border associations and non-profit organisations. Furthermore, the report highlights the role of the social economy in the integration and employment of disadvantaged workers, especially persons with disabilities. Additionally, it reemphasises that the Public Procurement Directive allows contracting authorities to use public procurement to pursue social objectives, including the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workforce. The full report can be accessed at: