What kind of Social Agenda for the Western Balkans?. Social Entrepreneurship at heart of EU Social Innovation Agenda. Msc Zdenka M. Kovač NOVUM, Institute for strategic aplicative research,Ljubljana Sarajevo, 25-26 May, 2011. Key topics of presentation. EU 2020 and SOCIAL INNOVATION
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What kind of Social Agenda for the Western Balkans?
Social Entrepreneurship at heart of EU Social Innovation Agenda
Msc Zdenka M. Kovač
NOVUM, Institute forstrategic aplicative research,Ljubljana
Sarajevo, 25-26 May, 2011
European societies are facing profound
economic and social transformation externally
coused by economic globalisation and climate
change and internally by demographic pressure and social developments!
The need for “Social innovation” promoted through EU 2020 Agenda, represents EU Commission respond
2. R&D / innovation
3. Climate change / energy
4. Educationand skilling up
5. Poverty / social exclusion
To foster economygrowthbydelivering economic, social and territorial cohesionpolicieswithfollowingtargets:
1. Agenda fornewskillsandjobs
2. European platform againstpoverty
It is becoming evident that exiting economic and social development models need innovation as existing tools are not sufficient for achieving set targets!
Technological and economic innovations are not enough anymore, social innovation is becoming a MUST!
It is about transformation of social transfers policies into social investment policies!
“Social enterprising is thus innovative business model to meet both economic and social objectives and significantly contribute to labour market integration, social inclusion and economic development.
Social Enterprises are in the core of social innovation!”
In Slovenia like in all ex-YU countries, all forms of social economy exists but are significantly lagging behind EU average, contributing only about 2-3% to GDP and around the same percentage of jobs (mainly in agri- cooperatives, companies and sheltered centres for disabled)
Untill lately this sector was not recognised as important part of socio-economic development!
Support environment was tottaly missing!
New Social andEconomic Agenda in theregion!