Financing the social economy

Social entrepreneurs face challenges when looking for funding. [Kanghophoto (shutterstock)]

Defined by its mission rather than by what it produces, the social economy is a peculiar economic sector with a set of its own challenges, especially when it comes to funding.

Published by the European Commission in December 2021, the action plan on the social economy aims at improving the access to finance for actors in the social economy. With actors as diverse as those in the social economy, this is bound to be challenging.

In a series of articles, EURACTIV will dive into the question of how the social economy is and could be financed in the EU, taking into account both the regulatory point of view and the position of those who disburse and receive the funding.

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