21 February 2022

Fundación ONCE receives delegation of MEPs to examine social economy best practices in Spain

The European Parliament Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) visits Madrid from 21 to 23 February 2022 to examine best practices related to the Social Economy, in light of the Social Economy Action Plan (SEAP) and the EMPL report drafted by rapporteur Jordi Canas (Renew, ES) which focuses on the effective implementation of the SEAP.

The delegation will visit Fundación ONCE‘s Por Talento Digital Training Centre, which aims at improving the employability of people with disabilities in the digital and technological field. It will also visit the headquarters of the ILUNION business group (which is part of the ONCE Social Group) as well as other social economy actors.

The visit also includes discussions with the State Secretary for employment and the social economy, the President of the Spanish Business Confederation of the Social Economy (CEPES), the Spanish Economic and Social Council, and members of the Government and Parliament. The draft programme of the delegation can be accessed here.

The Spanish social economy concept has achieved public recognition and has been explicitly regulated by law. The Law on Social Economy (Law 5/2011) was introduced with the aim of recognising and supporting the social economy as a separate economic sector that would require substantive public promotion and support.

The delegation is headed by EMPL vice-chair Katrin Langensiepen (Greens/EFA, D) and is composed of the following EMPL members: Antonius Manders (EPP, NL), Marc Angel (S&D, L), Jordi Cañas (Renew Europe, ES), Stelios Kympouropoulos (EPP, GR), Margarita De La Pisa Carrión (ECR, ES), Rosa Estaras Ferragut (EPP, ES), Eugenia Rodríguez Palop (The Left, ES), Alicia Homs Ginel (S&D, ES), and Lina Galvez Munoz (S&D, ES).

This MEP delegation visit comes at a crucial moment also for Brussels- based Philea (Fundación ONCE being an active member), which contributed to the Social Economy Action Plan and is engaging also with the EP Social Economy Intergroup and Social Economy Europe on the matter. Philea is pleased to see that the plan recognises the important role of the philanthropy sector and  makes concrete proposals to help remove the legal obstacles impeding philanthropic organisations’ ability to operate (also across borders) in the Single Market, see the briefing on the action plan.


Hanna Hanses
Policy Manager