International conference on Social Economy under the auspices of the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council

Conference theme: Social Economy as a key player in providing effective answers to current societal challenges in the EU and the world.
Date:     30th November – 1st December 2016
Place:    Hotel Saffron, Radlinského 27, Bratislava, Slovakia

Wednesday, 30th November 2016

10:00 – 11:30 Arrival and registration of participants
11:30 – 12:30 Official Opening
EN FR SK Moderator: Branislav Ondruš, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, Slovakia

Key speakers:

Robert Fico, Prime Minister, Slovakia
Ján Richter, Minister of Labour, Social Af airs and Family, Slovakia
Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Jens Nilsson, Member of the European Parliament, Social Economy Intergroup
George Dassis, EESC President
12:30 – 13:30 GECES Report: Presentation and Debate
EN FR SK Moderator: Ariane Rodert, Vice President of EESC Various Interest Group, Vice President of EESC INT section.

● Presentation, Denis Stokkink, President of European Think-and-do Tank Pour a Solidarité, General Rapporteur of GECES.
● Commission response
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Round Table 1: The social economy sector as a driver for the development of regional employment
EN FR SK IT ES Moderator: Dorotea Daniele, DIESIS, GECES, Social Economy Thematic Network Expert


● Anton Marcinčin, Government Plenipotentiary for the Least Developed Districts, Slovakia
● Josep Vidal Fàbrega, General Director of Social Economy, Third Sector, Cooperatives and Self-employment of the Regional Government of Catalonia.
● Antonella Noya, OECD LEED Programme
● Veselin Penchev, Head of Public affairs for the Eurasia region, Up Group/Group Cheque Dejeuner
● Felice Scalvini, REVES President
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00 Parallel workshops
Workshop 1 Growth and sustainability of social enterprises (SE Thematic Network): Part I Concrete tools for growth
EN, SK Chair: Dorotea Daniele


● Sven Bartilsson, Coompanion: Social franchising
● Representative, Polish Ministry of Development: ESF Polish Programme for development of social enterprises
Slovak representative
● Thierry Stroppa, Cooperjob, Italy
Workshop 2 Start-up of social enterprises – factors and tools to create sustainable social enterprises
EN FR SK Chair: Hugues Sibille, President, du Labo de l'ESS, GECES

Presentation: Applying the Principles of Social Economy to Assist the Roma Community - Ivan Mako, Young Roma Association


● Johann Heep, ERSTE Foundation, Austria
● Katia De Luca, Coopstartup, Italy
● Anna HORVÁTH Portfolio Director, Visegrád Hub, NESST, Hungary
● Branislav Šmidt, Impact Hub Bratislava, Slovakia
Workshop 3 The external dimension of Social Economy
EN only Chair: Jean – Philipe Poulnot, Responsible of Political Partnerships of the Up Group and Member of the Co-Secretary of the ILGESS


● Michael J. Roy, Glasgow Caledonian University
● Michel Catinat, Head of Unit DG GROWTH F2, European Commision
● Sandra Aviles, UNTFSSE Coordinator
● Helen Sheppard, Deputy Secretary General, AMICE
19:30 Dinner for participants – Hotel Saffron, Radlinského 27, Bratislava

Thursday, 1st December 2016

09:00 – 09:05 Introducing the Commissioner
EN FR SK IT ES Branislav Ondruš, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Social Af airs and Family, Slovakia
09:05 – 09:15 Greetings from the Commissioner
EN FR SK IT ES Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Af airs, Skills and Labour Mobility
9:15 – 11:00 Round table 2: Social economy and the national legal frameworks
EN FR SK IT ES Moderator: Denis Stokkink, President of European Think-and-do Tank Pour la Solidarité


● Giulia Galera, Senior Researcher, Euricse
● Martine Pinville, State Secretary of Social and Solidarity Economy, Ministry of Economy, France
● Tadej Slapnik, State Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Of ice, Slovenia; GECES
● Juan Antonio Pedreño, President, Social Economy Europe
● Prof. Gabriela Korimová, Matej Bel University, Banska Bystrica
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Parallel workshops
Workshop 4 Growth and sustainability of social enterprises (SE Thematic Network):
Part II Public procurement as a tool for growth of social enterprises
EN, SK Chair: Valentina Caimi, Social Platform; GECES

● Elisabeth Diaz, representative of Trinijove and ENSIE, Barcelona
● Kristian Kirkegaard Kornum, City of Copenhagen
● Bruno Roelants, CECOP
● Elena Sivová, Regional Development Agency Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
Workshop 5 The role of Social Economy as a partner in policy ecosystems
EN FR SK Chair: Rocio Nogales, Director, EMES; GECES


● Monika Zatkalikova, Coop Product Slovakia
● Yvonne Strachan, Deputy Director of the Scottish Government in charge of Third Sector/Social Economy
● Magdalena Huszcza, Vice-Chair, FISE
● Carmen Casero González, General Director of Self-employment, Social Economy and CSR, Spain.
Workshop 6 Financial tools
EN only Chair: Lisa Hehenberger, ESADE; GECES


● Andrea Maier, European Commission, DG EMPL
● Michal Polak, Advisor at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic; GECES
● Michał Radziwiłł, CEO of TISE, Chairman of the Executive Committee
● Alexandra Meagher, Government Inclusive Economy Unit, UK Government
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Ministerial Roundtable and Bratislava Declaration
Moderator: Branislav Ondruš, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Social Af airs and Family, Slovakia
Greece, Ministry
Czech Republic, Ministry
Luxembourg, Ministry
Spain, Ministry (TBC)
Cyprus, State Secretary
France, State Secretary
Slovenia, State Secretary
Slovakia, State Secretary
Italy, High Official