Partly thanks to the activities previously carried out by ISSAN, Euricse has developed significant experience in applying for and managing European projects. To date, Euricse has secured European grants for five research/mobility/consulting projects, and submitted a proposal for an individual research project.
Francesco Minora, Italy.
Post-doc reasearcher in Euricse
Beginning in the nineteen eighties, there was a radical change in most countries’ housing policies, whereby community input in the development of residential neighbourhoods was considered indispensable. Some countries, such as the United States and the U.K. actually shaped their housing policies along this principle. In Europe today, this philosophy has evolved into what is called social housing, i.e. measures that aim at promoting social cohesion by operating within distressed social situations, with a direct involvement of civil society, and integrating housing and social policies. The primary goal of this project is to apply the analysis of commons (which to date has only been applied to goods related to nature and the environment) to the area of housing issues.
The “Montenegro” project is part of the European Commission Programme IPA 2008 - supporting measures, which offers assistance to countries aspiring to join the European Union during the period 2007-2013. Assistance is provided on the basis of the European partnerships of the potential candidate countries and the Accession partnerships of the candidate countries, which means the Western Balkan countries and Turkey. The lead partner of the project is Cooperatives Europe; Euricse, COSV (Coordination Committee of Organizations for Voluntary Service), CECOP (European Confederation of Worker Cooperatives, Social Cooperatives and Social and Participative Enterprises), UCM (Union of Cooperatives Montenegro) and the Montenegrin Ministry of Agriculture are the other partners.
Cooperative initiatives are flourishing in a variety of fields, both traditional and non traditional ones. The resilience of cooperatives has been widely acknowledged by policy and opinion makers, as well as international organizations -Year 2012 has been declared the International Year of Cooperatives by the UN- which are increasingly eager to understand if and how cooperatives can have a role in tackling the dramatic consequences of the global crisis and reforming the system that has contributed to generating it. However, in spite of their societal relevance, scarce attention has been paid so far to cooperatives by the social sciences. While isolated "pieces" of theory have been developed, a comprehensive theoretical framework explaining the upsurge of cooperatives; their competitive advantages in given sectors; and their limitations, has not been elaborated so far. The lack of understanding of the potential of cooperatives has severe policy implications in terms of insufficient political recognition and inadequate management modalities. This circumstance is all the more relevant in Third Countries, including post-transition and Latin American countries, where crucial socio-economic problems that could be successfully tackled by cooperatives remain unsolved.
Ariadne, the managerial guidance in Social Economy based on intrinsic skills, competences and values: commitment, behaviour and motivation
The project aims to transfer a French innovative training package on management in the Social Economy to other European countries (a training programme on the Social Economy and Management for managers of Social Economy organisations, launched by ESCEM in March 2009), and to improve and enrich it by confronting it with materials existing in some of the other partnering countries.
RECOSET aims to stimulate the creation of a network of research centres that are committed to studying cooperative and social enterprises in European (EU)/Associated (AC) and Third Countries (TC). The societal interest in cooperative and social enterprises stems from their capacity to sustain the welfare of individuals and families, to fight social inequalities, and to enhance social cohesion and solidarity behaviours through the production of a wide spectrum of
general interest services.
The “SCE project” was carried out in execution of a service contract between the European Commission - DG Enterprise and Industry and a Consortium formed by Cooperatives Europe, EKAI Center, and Euricse, who represented and led the Consortium.
The subject of the contract was “a study on the implementation of the Regulation 1435/2003 on the Statute for European Cooperative Society (Societas Cooperativa Europaea - SCE) in all EU Member States and EEA countries (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein): rules applied to the SCE, national legislation on cooperatives and impact of the Statute on the national legislation and the promotion of cooperatives in EU countries; recommendations for future legislation”.