Finding ways to stimulate new forms of active civic participation through an emphasis on social and solidarity economy was the subject of a series of recent workshops held in Agia, Thessaly, in central Greece.
The workshops were carried out within the framework of FOCUS, a European project designed to highlight the important role of social economy in enhancing European citizenship.
Agia municipality coordinated the actions carried out by 10 European countries.
A summary of the projects and their outcomes was presented by representatives of Estonia, Portugal, Croatia, Italy and Spain.
A workshop on “Development areas of social entrepreneurship and positive EU skepticism” took place at the cultural conference center Chrysalida in Agia. The workshop was attended by economist and social entrepreneur Elena Panaritis and University of Athens professor Panagiotis Karkatsoulis.
Drawing from their experience in Greece and abroad, speakers discussed a strategy, the necessary institutional framework, and the challenges for the development of a social economy, while emphasizing its key role in social well-being.
Vassilis Taktikos, coordinator of the Hellenic Observatory of Civil Society Organizations, also shared his ideas on social entrepreneurship in Greece.
The project FOCUS “Stimulating new forms of active civic participation through focus on Social and Solidarity Economy,” is being implemented under the European Program “Europe for citizens.”
The project is financed exclusively by the “Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency” (EACEA) of the European Commission.