Social and Solidarity Economy

Leader: Pyrénées-Orientales Departmental Council

Partners: Pyrénées-Orientales Departmental Council, Tarragona Provincial Council, Lleida Provincial Council, Granada Provincial Council, Mantova Province, Viterbo Province.


Funding: 40.000 €

Co-funding (Latin Arc): 10.000 €


Twitter: @arcolatino #LocalEESproj 



Social and Solidarity Economy and local authorities: what sort of cooperation for territorial development and social innovation?


Project description

Through a combination of participative governance, limited social and profit-making utility, SSE companies (associations, cooperatives, foundations) represent a form of entrepreneurship that can generate social innovation and employment in the Mediterranean. The project aims to carry out a study on the Social and Solidarity Economy sector in order to identify best practices and needs.



The main goals of the project are:

1) To gain an accurate understanding of  the economic weight, organizational modalities and key success factors for Social and Solidarity Economy companies in the North Mediterranean.

2) Identification of different public intervention types to estimulate creation, development and consolidation of these companies. 



- Identification of SSE actors-resources across the Latin Arc and analysis of the network (role of different stakeholders: local authorities, enterprises...)

- Quantitative analysis(economic weight, sectors) and qualititative analysis (management modalities, governance, partnerships, human resources management, production, etc) successes and failures of SSE across the Latin Arc.

- Benchmarking of local and regional support policies for SSE development (goals and methodology)

Upon completion of the SSE survey-analysis phase, a selection of best practices will be chosen.

Official visits to be held across the Latin Arc space – in Mantova, Tarragona, Lleida and Perpignan. Seminar for the exchange of best practices and capitalization activities between Latin Arc partners and local SSE actors.


We are Hiring!

Arco Latino is looking for an Administration and Financial officer: deadline 14th of october 2018. Have a look to the job offer details!

RE-CONNECTING TOURISM - Conference - registration open

The MED Sustainable Tourism Community is organising the international conference “Re-connecting tourism: promoting evidence-based policies for sustainable development” on the 29th-30th May 2018 at the UNINT University in Rome.

Experiences, challenges and opportunities of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in the Mediterranean: Final Seminar of the SSE project

The conference entitled “Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE): Innovative Solutions to Development Problems in Mediterranean countries?” was held in Toulouges (France) on December 13. This event was the final seminar of the “Study on Social and Solidarity Economy in the Latin Arc”. Led by the Pyrénées-Orientales Department, the SSE project partnership is comprised of members from all three Latin Arc states – such as France’s CRESS Corsica, Haute Corse and Hérault Departments, Spain’s Tarragona, Granada and Lleida Provincial Councils as well as Italy’s Mantova and Viterbo Provinces. The partnership has been working on the project for two years.


Making tourism more sustainable! Sharing methodologies for a joint action

In the framework of the activities of the BleuTourMed_C3 the Interreg Med Horizontal Project of the Community on Sustainable Tourism, "Making tourism more sustainable! Sharing methodologies for a joint action” will take place in Athens the 4 and 5 of October 2017.

Arco Latino at the The UfM Regional Stakeholder Conference on Blue Economy

In the framework of the UfM Regional Stakeholder Conference on Blue Economy - Naples (Italy) on 29-30 November 2017, Arco Latino together with the Chamber of Achaia, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, and ICOMOS will organise the Workshop on Sustainable Tourism.

Arco Latino & BleuTourMed_C3 at the PANORAMED Kick-off Meeting

In the framework of the Interreg Med Programme the 27th of September 2017, Arco Latino, as lead partner of BleuTourMed_C3 the Horizontal Project of the Med Community on Sustainable Tourism, will participate at the Kick-off Meeting of the PANORAMED political forum for the Mediterranean