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Sectors: Economy - Finances, Education - Training, Employment

Beneficiaries: Corporations, Local and Regional authorities, SMEs

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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WE Funding – COSME – Support…
Funds for: support a network of local and regional authorities to establish a permanent community of practice in the field of the social economy
Main beneficiaries: public authorities, social economy enterprises, entities specialised in social economy

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: support a network of local and regional authorities to establish a permanent community of practice in the field of the social economy
Main beneficiaries: public authorities, social economy enterprises, entities specialised in social economy

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* Support a network of EU regional and local authorities with similar priorities and experts in the field and via inter-regional collaboration contribute to gradual setting up of a permanent community of practice in the field of social economy as the key component of a sustainable European economic system;
* Support social economy consortia to pursue inter-regional collaboration through a set of social economy missions

Priorities
* Enhancing inter-regional interaction between social economy stakeholders (public and private sector) in the field of social economy missions’ priorities;
* Improving collaboration between existing social economy networks at regional and local level in the field of social economy missions’ priorities;
* Learning from counties  more advanced in the social economy mission priority;
* Preparing the ground for future structured collaboration in the field of social economy missions’ priorities (future joint inter-regional projects under the new EU programming period 2021-2027);
* Preparing the ground for future collaboration with the European Commission in the field of the social economy missions’ priorities;
* Preparing the ground for possible replication of functional model applied in the consortium leader’s county;
* Contributing to a gradual Social Economy community building

Among financed actions
* Actions must create opportunities and incentives to engage in strategic inter-regional collaboration and develop collaborative projects between regional/local authorities and social economy stakeholders;
* Actions must address only one of the following:
– Socially responsible public procurement
– Education framework for social economy;
– Tackling regional/local unemployment via social economy model;
– Social economy clusters

Additional information
* This is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the project: up to 6 months

* Eligibility:
– Be : public authorities (regional or local level), social economy enterprises, public or private entities specialised in social economy; 
– Applicants must be legal entities forming a consortium

– The consortium must be composed of a minimum of 3 different legal entities located in at least 3 EU member states or COSME participating countries;
– The consortium must include at least 1public authority at regional or local level from each county represented in the consortium;
– All consortia must verify and declare through their leader/coordinator that none of their members participates in another proposal within the same priority under this call for proposals