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Social Economy as a key player in providing effective answers to current societal challenges in the EU
and the world
Continuing the efforts done by previous Presidencies and in the framework of expert presentations and political statements presented at the Presidency Conference Social Economy as a key player in providing effective answers to current societal challenges
in the EU and the world held in Bratislava on 30th November and 1st December 2016,
the representatives of the governments signed below adopt the present declaration:
WE acknowledge that economic recovery in the European Union is decreasing unemployment but it is unquestionable that disparities in the frame of such development are markedly visible and still there are regions and wide groups of citizens not benefiting from economic growth.
WE express our conviction that more inclusive economy could decrease income and wealth inequalities and contribute to the common European effort to combat social exclusion and thus to return trust of our citizens to the European integration project.
WE welcome the Commission’s proposal of the European Pillar of Social Rights and call for active public discussion and hard work on it because the European Union needs strong and real tool to deepen its social dimension.
WE therefore stress that social economy can contribute to sustainable job creation and social innovations, but that the Member States and the EU institutions still do not use its full potential.
WE acknowledge the increasing recognition of the importance of the social economy
at European and national level but it must be enhanced by broader and more ambitious legislative and financial tools creating proper environment.
Therefore we urgently call for the following actions and decisions:
Signed on 1st December 2016 in Bratislava.