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.


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.

4th Forum of Local and Regional Authorities of the Mediterranean in Tangiers: territorial diplomacy for concrete cooperation actions in the Mediterranean.

The 4th Forum of Local and Regional Authorities of the Mediterranean was held in Tangiers on Nov 30th. Political representatives from several Mediterranean countries joined the political round table in order to discuss the role of local and regional governments in the construction of Mediterranean diplomacy.

Latin Arc New Website Out Now!

The Latin Arc brand new website is out now! Our new site presents readers with an improved design that contains 7 sections covering the latest news and events, former and on-going projects, policy actions and partnerships.



Save the date: Kick-off meeting of the Thematic Community on Sustainable Tourism to be held in Marseille on March 16-17th

The kick-off meeting of the Thematic Community on Sustainable Tourism will be held in Marseille on March 16-17th.

Latin Arc to host “European Cooperation Projects Workshop Day” on Feb. 23rd in Barcelona

The Latin Arc will host the European Cooperation Projects Workshop Day on February 23rd in Barcelona. The event will be comprised of several preparatory workshops for the submission of projects to the upcoming EU funding calls.

First working meeting of the ES-EM-CIA and EMPL-ECO-MED projects to be held Lleida on February 7th

Latin Arc will participate in the first working meeting of the ES-EM-CIA and EMPL-ECO-MED projects. These two initiatives, which were approved last October in Latin Arc’s call for projects, focus on issues of employment and entrepreneurship in rural areas.