The European Social Economy Regions initiative (ESER), launched in 2018, has become a powerful social economy community of practitioners across Europe, generating more than 100 new regional and local partnerships on social economy. Its key objectives are to raise awareness of social economies at the regional and local level and to build regional networks of social economy stakeholders.


  • “Join ESER”: The aim of this strand is to attract newcomers to join the ESER community. Therefore, any Covenant of Mayors city/municipality or ICC city/municipality able to integrate the ESER criteria into their events scheduled in 2021 are encouraged to apply.
  • “ESER4Skills”: The interested ESER partners with experience in upskilling/reskilling in the context of the Pact for Skills Agenda will have a unique opportunity to co-design the Proximity and Social Economy ecosystem commitments in the Pact via a series of expert roundtables.
  • “ESER4NEB”: The interested ESER partners will have a rare opportunity to contribute to the design of the New European Bauhaus (NEB) movement and have targeted conversations with the European Commission leading the teams. 

How will the Commission support the local events?

  • Providing a Commission expert to a limited number of ESER 2021 events
  • Offering a range of virtual support tools and/or promotional materials for ESER 2021 events
  • Providing a joint visual identity of the European Social Economy Regions initiative
  • Promoting the events

Selection criteria

Strand A (Join ESER):

  • Regional/local public authority
  • Wide participation of regional/local social economy stakeholders
  • Ability to cover all the financial costs linked to the organisation of regional/local events
  • Obligation to use the ESER joint visual identity to promote the event
  • Interest in joining a European network of public authorities and stakeholders network interested in social economy
  • Adequate promotion of the event

Strand B (ESER4Skills):

Evidence on active involvement in Skills Agenda in a given region/city/municipality (e.g. coordination of concrete actions at regional/local level, active involvement in the EU Skills Agenda discussion, etc.).

Strand C (ESER4NEB):

Justification and added value of respective region/municipality/city or organisation for targeted co-design NEB conversations must be clearly explained in the ESER 2021 call template.

Deadline: 15 February 2021

Find out more information about the call here