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for the Luxembourg Declaration

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The Luxembourg declaration, adopted at the Luxembourg conference held on December 3 - 4, 2015 by representatives of the governments of France, Italy, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain, establishes that the EU must reach a common understanding on the scope of the social economy which respects its enormous diversity and historical development in all member states. It argues for the social economy to be included as part of a modernization of the single market strategy. It also proposes high-level meetings between those responsible for matters concerning social economy from different member states.

Spain, through the Department for the Self-Employed, Social Economy and Corporate Social Responsibility of the Ministry of Labour and Social Economy, proposed that a monitoring committee for the Luxembourg declaration be established. The aim of the “Monitoring Committee of the Luxembourg Declaration” is to guarantee that the agreements reached are adhered to and developed.

At the European conference on social economy held in Bratislava on December 1, 2016, it was announced that Spain would hold the first presidency of this monitoring committee and that the first meeting would be held in Madrid on March 15, 2017. At that meeting, the committee's operating rules were approved (spanish version).


The initial group that signed the Luxembourg declaration was joined by other senior government representatives responsible for the EU’s social economy. Currently, 14 member states (Slovak Republic, Luxembourg, Spain, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Sweden, Italy, Malta and Portugal) form part of the Monitoring Committee of the Luxembourg Declaration, which are the countries that have ratified some of the declarations.


The main aim of the monitoring committee is to follow up and provide continuity to the agreements made in the Luxembourg declaration, which establishes a road map to a broader ecosystem for social economy companies. It seeks a multiplier effect in job creation and social innovation already being fostered in the different (EU?) territories, thanks to the social economy (?).

The functions of the monitoring committee are to

  1. Compile reports, proposals, consultations and studies related to the social economy.
  2. Establish social economy priorities among signatory states.
  3. Promote the inclusion of the social economy as part of the single market modernization strategy.
  4. Promote European support for social economy companies, reinforcing these entities and integrating them into programs, projects, funds and other financial support instruments.
  5. Help develop an appropriate financial ecosystem, capable of providing effective support to the social economy and social innovation.
  6. Promote widespread adoption of initiatives and good social economy practices that work effectively in other territories and sectors.
  7. Encourage regular high-level meetings of political representatives in the field of social economy in all EU member states, laying the foundation for enhanced cooperation.
  8. Promote collaboration with the main public and private stakeholders of the social economy.