ENSIE GENERAL ASSEMBLY barcelona 4-5 June 2015

We gathered from all corners of Europe to meet in Barcelona.

The venue for the meeting was the beautiful Palau Macaya, Paseo de San Juan, 108, Barcelona

The building is owned by Obra Social La Caixa. It was built in 1901 in the Modernista style by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The figure on the bicycle represents the architect's mode of transport.

Day One

4th June: ENSIE General Assembly

The GA attracted 35 people from 18 countries

24 member organisations attended
Two new members Chantier Ecole (France) and Phoenix Co-operative (Germany) were welcomed
Round Table of member organisations with news and updates of the state of play for WISES/Social Firms in each country
Presentation and approval of the activity report, finance report and budget
Discharge of Directors' responsibilities
Board of Directors Election - welcome to new Directors and thanks to outgoing Director Raluca Ouraighli.
Presentation and discussion on ENSIE's Communication Strategy
Jacopo Lombardi (DG Employment) presented the European Commission approach to work integration ‪social enterprises.
His presentation was followed by a lively debate
Presentation of the Evaluation Report of the Progress project
Questions from the floor
Ongoing and Future Project Round-Up
Maria Nieves Ramos Rosario, Patrizia Bussi, Jacopo Lombardi, Ignasi Parody Nunez


The GA finished with a training workshop on the Social Impact of WISEs and an exchange workshop on European Structural and Investment Funds

Day Two

5th June: European Seminar- Partnerships and Work Integration Social Enterprises

The Seminar was attended by over 80 people from 18 countries. Speakers came from the private sector (2), the public sector (3), the EC (1) and from the social enterprise sector (10)

Panel One: Introduction

Introductory remarks from Ignasi Parody Nunez, Teresa Rodriguez, Maria Nieves Ramos Rosiario, Xavier Lopez, Jacopo Lombardi, Jaume Farre, Foundation la Caixa.
Ignasi Parody Nunez, President of ENSIE
Teresa Rodriguez, President of FEICAT
Maria Nieves Ramos Rosiario, President of FAEDEI
Xavier Lopez, General Director of Social Economy for the Catalonia Government
Jacopo Lombardi, Policy Officer DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Jaume Farre, Foundation la Caixa

Panel Two: Social Integration Enterprises and Public Procurement

Patrizia Bussi, Director of ENSIE, outlines the 2014 EU Public Procurement Directive
Angel Miret of Barcelona City Council gave a presentation on how public procurement practices can support social inclusion policies, including an inspiring video infogram
Salvatore Vetro, Secretary of RES, reviews the social considerations needed to favour work integration social enterprises in calls for tender
Anna Brescianini, President of CAUTO talks about reserved contracts for Italian Social Co-operatives
Corine van de Burgt, Director of de Omslag gives a presentation on the promotion of work integration social enterprises through public procurement in the Netherlands

Panel Three

Miquel Esteve, Commissioner for Immigration at Barcelona City Council presented an original partnership between Catalan WISEs, the Office of the Mayor of Barcelona and Foundation La Caixa to increase social and work integration of people experiencing homelessness

Panel Four

Jordi Porta i Miro, Director of Traldis Porta Express The delegates heard about good practice developed in Barcelona by Traldis Porta Express SI and Tinijove.

Raluca Ouriaghli from Ateliiere Fara Frontiere (Romania) presents a partnership with Auchan Romania
Connie Hasemann From Telehandelshuset (Denmark) outlines their successful partnership with UNO-X
Astrid le Vern from Coorace (France) describes their partnership with the Union des Metiers et des Industries de L'Hotellerie (UMIH)
Jelena Damljanovic from SENS (Serbia) reports on best practice in Serbia.


Over dinner

Over lunch

The Architecture of Barcelona

Time to enjoy the city

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