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Public Policies and Social Enterprises

In a nutshell

PASE - Public Policies and Social Enterprises - is an INTERREG IVC Programme (in the "Innovation & knowledge economy" priority) which has supported the exchange, sharing and transfer of policy experience, knowledge and good practices across the EU.

It involves 9 partner institutions in 7 countries - BE, DE, ES, FR, IT, PL & RO - and is led by the Marche region of Italy.

The main aim of the project is to enforce the effectiveness of the partners' regional public policies in promoting and supporting social entrepreneurship as an important lever for local economic development and territorial competitiveness, paying attention to social issues.

It has carried out 9 study visits and published a catalogue of 19 good practices - see

Seminar in Forest/Vorst, 26 Oct 11

Programme: PASE Forest 111026


Video: 3 things local authorities can do to support the social economy

INTERREG good practice fair

Presentation at INTERREG IVC good practice fair, Kraków, 24 Nov 11: The conclusion: "The gradual creation of a policy is in itself a good practice."

2 good practices

Hervé Plisson presented two good practices in the field of social economy:

  • The first good practice (CREATIVE) started with the idea that the main problem social enterprises are facing is the lack of money to start their activity. As a solution, it offers a three-year partnership between the region and entities launching a new business activity in the field of social economy. 97 projects were supported in 6 years, and around 240 jobs were created as a result.
  • The second good practice (ESIA) is aimed at supporting financial consolidation of social enterprises and facilitating their access to banks and financial institutions, e.g. by providing financial diagnoses, banking advice, and funding in the form of loans and loan guarantees. In 10 years, 400 projects were supported, EUR 20 000 committed, and 10 000 jobs concerned. Source:

Regiostars 2013

In July 2012 PASE was selected as one of 27 finalists for the Regiostars 2012 award: