I’ve just been in Brussels speaking at the Various Interests Group’s conference at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on the topic ‘Social Enterprises and the Europe 2020 Strategy: innovative solutions for a sustainable Europe’. I told them to lift their sights above defining the undefinable. I said to hell with the definition, let’s build the real economy for Europe’s people. We know how to do that whatever part of the social economy we’re working in.
The people of Greece and the 53% of young unemployed in Spain can’t wait for five years while we discuss definitions. The EESC needs to be arguing for a more diversified economy at EU level that respects people not just profits when they are making economic decisions.