Social Economy Europe




Social Economy Europe (SEE) is the voice of the 2.8 million social economy enterprises and organisations in the European Union. Created in November 2000 under the name of CEP-CMAF – the European Standing Conference of Cooperatives, Mutuals, Associations and foundations – with the purpose of establishing a permanent dialogue between the social economy and the European Institutions, in 2008, CEP-CMAF changed its name and officially became Social Economy Europe. SEE members include the European organisations of: mutual and cooperative insurers (AMICE); non-profit healthcare players, health mutuals and health insurance funds (AIM); industrial and service cooperatives (CECOP); foundations (EFC); associations of general interest (CEDAG); work integration social enterprises (ENSIE); paritarian institutions of social protection (AEIP); ethical banks and financiers (FEBEA); and the European Cities and Regions for the social economy (REVES). SEE also represents the national social economy organisations of France (ESS-France), Italy (National Third Sector Forum), Portugal (CASES), Spain (CEPES) and Belgium (ConcertES).

SEE believes in a European Union that is determined to promote the economic and social progress of its Member States, and that acknowledges its key role as global social economy leader. SEE believes in:

  1. A diverse economy at the service of people.
  2. A democratic, sustainable and inclusive economy, strongly committed to society.
  3. A more favourable ecosystem for the development of the European social economy, that will keep offering innovative solutions in response to societal demands.
  4. The social economy’s active participation in the development and implementation of the main socio-economic policies of the European Union.


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