Social Economy Europe


Social Economy Europe is the voice of 2.8 million social economy enterprises and organisations in Europe.
We are the social economy reference point at European-level.

We are a strategic partner to European institutions and have led on EU policy on the social economy since 2000.

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.

Our members are European and national organisations, with presence at regional and local level, bringing the national dimension to our European work. In line with our statutes, SEE has three types of members:

1: EU members representing the main social economy forms, such as cooperatives, mutuals, association and foundations;
2: National umbrella social economy organisations
3: EU networks engaged in the promotion of the social economy


To represent the interests of the social economy in the European Union so that the main EU policies promote and take into account this business model.

To promote dialogue and inter-cooperation between its members and to develop new services of common interest.

Reinforce the visibility of the economic, social and environmental impact of the social economy and values and principles that define this business model.

Supporting public authorities and organizations that promote the development of the social economy.

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