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Policy webinar - EU Social Economy Action Plan: What role for investors for impact


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Policy webinar - EU Social Economy Action Plan: What role for investors for impact

2021 EU Social Economy Action Plan speakers visual


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The social and solidarity economy, of which social investors, social enterprises and social associations are key stakeholders, has proved to be fundamental in building a more equitable and sustainable society, and is paramount to the inclusivity of the green and digital transitions, as well as the recovery from the pandemic. The future Social Economy Action Plan aims to further integrate the social economy into the actions of the EU and to provide an overview of the policy initiatives that are needed to develop the ecosystem.

During this webinar, policy-makers from the European Commission will together with social investors analyse the policy priorities and challenges to be accounted for by the plan, discuss opportunities for collaboration and EU funding, and share best practices.

The action plan will be released towards the end of 2021 and will be the result of all input provided by stakeholders, and contribute to building a more social and sustainable European Union. Make your voice heard in the design of the action plan and join the discussion on June 24!


  • 15:00-15:05 Introduction, EVPA
  • 15:05-15:15 The Latest Developments of the Social Economy Action Plan – Miia Rossi-Gray, Policy Officer European Commission, DG EMPL
  • 15:15-15:25 Social and Proximity Economy Recognised as Key Industrial Ecosystem in Europe – Karel Vanderpoorten, Policy Officer European Commission, DG GROW
  • 15:25-16:05 Social Economy Analysed at the National Level – Challenges for the ecosystem & best practices of social investors
    • 15:25-15:35 Davina Macphail, PhiTrust (France)
    • 15:35-15:45 Cristina San Salvador, Ship2B (Spain)
    • 15:45-15:55 Mario Calderini, Tiresia (Italy)
    • 15:55 - 16:05 Markus Freiburg, FASE (Germany)
  • 16:05-16:25 Q&A with speakers
  • 16:25-16:30 Conclusion, webinar EVPA

Meet the speakers

Miia Rossi-Gray

Miia Rossi-Gray - European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Miia Rossi-Gray has been working as Policy Officer on Social Economy in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission since 2019.

Karel Vanderpoorten

Karel Vanderpoorten - European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Mr. Vanderpoorten is currently policy officer Social Economy in DG GROW and focuses mainly on the following themes: the use of digitization and new technologies within the social economy, scaling up social business models and the creation of business partnerships between traditional and social economy enterprises, financing opportunities for social economy companies and social innovation.

Davina MacPhail

Davina MacPhail - Phitrust Partenaires

Since 2016, Davina has joined Phitrust with her extensive experience in finance and socialentrepreneurship: she worked on impact assessment projects with MIT in India and with ADIE in France, and spent 4 years in corporate banking before helping to found a social enterprise in Cambodia. At Phitrust Partenaires she is responsible for drafting investment proposals, monitoring the portfolio and overseeing investor relations.

Cristina San Salvador

Cristina San Salvador - Ship2B

Cristina San Salvador is Expansion & Program Development Manager in Ship2B. Ship2B is a foundation that accelerates and invests on social entrepreneurship projects in Spain.

Mario Calderini

Mario Calderini - Tiresia

Mario Calderini, a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Manchester, is full Professor at Politecnico di Milano, School of Management, where he teaches Social Innovation. He is the Director of Tiresia, the Politecnico di Milano School of Management’s Research Centre for Impact Finance and Innovation.

Dr. Markus Freiburg

Dr. Markus Freiburg - FASE

Together with Ashoka, Markus has founded the Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship (FASE) in Germany. FASE helps leading social enterprises across Europe in raising hybrid growth capital so that they can scale their social impact.

With the financial support of

European Commission

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