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Over 100 social enterprises from Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Greece and Tukey will present their products and services during the Seventh European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. The event takes place on 16-18 April at the EFE hall in Hotel Marinela, Sofia.
“Over the years, the forum has become a successful initiative that expands the potential of enterprises in Bulgaria and abroad and supports the exchange of professional experience and the creation of a network of like-minded people in the social economy sphere”,
said Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov at the opening of the forum.
“Every social entrepreneurship structure, every NGO that supports social enterprises, every innovative idea and every entrepreneur deserve the support of the country, the European Commission and all the European citizens”,
said Hasan Ademov, Chairperson of the Committee of Labour, Social and Demographic Policy at the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria.
“There are 116 social enterprises in Sofia. And in the upcoming year Sofia Municipality will launch the first programme that finances enterprises in the social innovation sphere”,
underlined Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova.
Social enterprises are companies that provide opportunities for disadvantaged people to find employment and decent pay for their work. The activities carried out by such companies come from a variety of economic sectors. Most of the exhibitors at the forum come from the textile, food and beverages and cosmetics industries. Some of the businesses also specialise in providing social, educational and healthcare services.
The forum will also present social enterprises that improve the skills of the long-term unemployed, people with disabilities and economically inactive young people, as well as enterprises that were launched as a result of the improved skills of their target groups. The fair will be open to visitors on 17 and 18 April.