Strengthening Social Economy for Innovative and Resilient Regions


SOCRATES will support the first theme and priority (scope) of the call SMP-COSME-2021-RESILIENCE-SEM Social Economy Missions for community resilience “Improving business environment and supporting sustainable business models based on social economy” through transnational social economy missions for interregional mutual learning and exchange of good practices on enabling supportive business environment for the social economy.

Local action plans of the social economy will be elaborated in collaboration with relevant social economy stakeholders (e.g., public administration, civil society, SMEs, and business community) to raise the social economy’s awareness, visibility, and recognition. Nevertheless, the project will formulate replicable recommendations to enable the local social economy ecosystem, improve the legal, policy, and regulatory frameworks, access finance, and strengthen public-private dialogue. Therefore, the project will reinforce the local social economy’s resilience and support the social economy’s twin transition towards sustainability, aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Improving business environment and supporting sustainable business models based on social economy

Local Acion Plan for the Social Economy​

Access to market and funding

Social innovation and technologies​

Sustanable buisness models


The vision of SOCRATES is to improve the business enviroment for social economy by:


Through a strong partnership with cross-border municipalities from Slovenia (Municipality of Novo
mesto, region of Jugovzhodna Slovenija/Southeast Slovenia) Poland (City of Poznan, region
Wielkopolska/Greater Poland) Hungary (region Hajdu Bihar), and Croatia (City of Zagreb, region Zagreb),
we will boost territorial resilience and empower local social economy stakeholders to build an efficient
ecosystem and supportive business environment, contributing to inclusive growth and fair recovery,
thus supporting the Single Market Programme objectives.

The specific project objectives are:

Develop transnational

Develop transnational collaboration between social economy stakeholders from Slovenia, Poland, Hungary, and Croatia to improve the business environment, promote the internationalization of social enterprise, and raise the awareness of available EU support.

Foster mutual learning

Promote social entrepreneurship

Develop four local action plans


Project coordinator: Municipality of Novo mesto and Development Centre Novo mesto Project partners:  City of Zagreb, City of Poznan, Hajdú-Bihar County,Impact Hub Zagreb, Impact Hub Budapest

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Single Market Programme (SMP COSME) under grant agreement N°101074095

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