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Western Balkans Civil Society Declaration on the Social Economy

With the declaration we are calling the EU and the Western Balkans decision-makers to take necessary actions to further contribute to the development of social economy as a relevant economic model that is centred on social protection and the planet’s resources.

Western Balkans Civil Society Declaration on the Social Economy

Committed to the sustainable development of the region of the Western Balkans, which still faces numerous social, environmental and economic challenges, we are launching the Western Balkans Civil Society Declaration on the Social Economy. With the declaration we are calling the EU and the Western Balkans decision-makers to take necessary actions to further contribute to the development of social economy as a relevant economic model that is centred on social protection and the planet’s resources.

Social economy consists of associations, foundations, social enterprises, cooperatives, mutuals which all provide needed services and goods based on principles of solidarity and participation. Being rooted within societies, those actors assure that processes in which they engage are benefiting the people and the planet.

Previous decades have been marked by efforts of CSOs and its partners to co-creation of enabling policy environments for the development of social economy. They have resulted in several strategies and legal solutions. Moreover, in response to fulfil the needs of social economy actors for more adequate financial support, CSOs and its partners have offered innovative financial instruments. Finally, national and regional programs for capacity building have been initiated helping to build knowledge and to raise awareness among various stakeholders.

Western Balkans Region is an inseparable part of Europe and has been structurally tied to the European Union through the Enlargement policy. The accession process has helped societies through deep reform processes to revive and internalise common values and democratic practices. Relying on various EU initiatives in the field of social economy, CSOs and its partners anchored the social economy into the concept of sustainable development of the Western Balkan societies.

CSOs of the Western Balkans Region have deep and substantial relations with CSOs and support networks to the social economy in the European Union. Our partners from the EU have had a substantial role in shaping the social economy of the Western Balkans by including them in European policies and instruments. In the future, solidarity and structural ties among intermediary organisations and networks from the EU and WB will assure further integration of WB in the EU and assure a significant presence of EU in WB.

Being committed to the EU integration process, we are convinced that the European Commission’s newly adopted Action plan on Social Economy offers a clear direction for all interested parties and especially national governments on how to further develop the social economy. It clearly recognises the role of social economy in contributing to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through promoting circular economy, tech4good solutions, social inclusion of most vulnerable people and engagement of youth in social economy activities, the social economy plays, according to the Action Plan, a key role to achieve a just, green and digital transition.

As relevant partners, we, the CSOs of the Western Balkan, are encouraging decision-makers in the EU, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia to implement the following actions:

/ Further support cooperation and co-creation of all stakeholders in the SE ecosystem to build a more enabling policy environment for SEs to thrive. By that, we mean, designing laws on SE that correspond to the needs of the sector, adjusting other laws and policies that enable finances and access to market, just taxation and more enablers from the public sector.

/ Adequate finances that recognise the nature of SE and help SE to achieve the most impact. Through joining partnerships of CSOs and private sector, governments should make synergies and multiply resources available to SEs. In that way, governments and SEs are on the joint path to creating a more resilient and inclusive society.

/ Capacity building of SE and its partners is substantial to advancing the impact of all actors in the SE ecosystem. Governments should join the actions of CSOs and its partners in bringing knowledge on business development and policies closer to the people encouraging them to startup SEs, develop support programs to SE and help their work be more visible.

/ Advancing knowledge on the sector is substantial to be deeper rooted within society and making their impact more recognisable. Investing into research and promotion of the sector is investing into a fact-based approach to sector development and in its potential to scale up and influence the development of the society. Governments investing into knowledge-based policies are perceived as more accountable, transparent and democratic.

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    DECLARATION SIGNATORIES

    NoNameogranizationcountry
    1
    Aleksandar Budošan
    Birkoff
    Serbia
    2
    Dina Rakin
    KoRSE
    Serbia
    3
    Dragan Srećković
    Community Foundation Pančevo
    Serbia
    4
    Nenad Krstić
    Evrokontakt
    Srbija
    5
    MIODRAG NEDELJKOVIC
    INITIATIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATION
    Serbia
    6
    Miroljub Nikolić
    СCaritas Šabac
    Serbia
    7
    Anita Šimundža
    CDP "Globus"
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    8
    Andrijana Nikolić
    Caritas Šabac
    Serbia
    9
    Verica Jarak
    REFERALNI CENTAR BRANITELJ/BORAC-ZADRUGAR
    Bosna i Hercegovina, Mostar
    10
    Ivana Miletić
    Rural Women Organization
    Serbia
    11
    Sanida Klarić
    BIO IDEA za održivi razvoj
    Srbija
    12
    Žana Alpeza
    Udruga PRAVI PUT
    BiH
    13
    Hasmir Delić
    Udruženje Distrofičara Cazin
    Bosna i Hercegovina
    14
    AMIR TURSUNOVIĆ
    NVO "JEZERO"
    BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
    15
    ur.ruka.ruci@gmail.com
    Kantonalno udruženje osoba sa invaliditetom i borbe protiv ovisnosti „ RUKA RUCI “
    Bihać
    16
    ur.ruka.ruci@gmail.com
    Kantonalno udruženje osoba sa invaliditetom i borbe protiv ovisnosti „ RUKA RUCI “
    Bihać
    17
    Muharem Lipovača
    Kantonalno udruženje osoba sa invaliditetom i borbe protiv ovisnosti „ RUKA RUCI “
    Bosna i Hercegovina
    18
    Mirsad Salkic
    Udruzenje oboljelih od secerne bolesti Buzim
    Bosna i Hercegovina
    19
    Nataša Niškanović
    Udruženje za održivi razvoj i ekonomiju "Nitna"
    Serbia
    20
    Irina Janevska
    ARNO
    N. Macedonia
    21
    Françeska Muço
    Young Professionals Network/Rrjeti i Profesionistëve të Rinj
    Albania
    22
    Aleksandar Nikolov
    Centre for development of the east planning region
    Macedonia
    23
    Jasmina Ovčina
    CISP (Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    24
    Almin Muftic
    Association of Social Pedagogy in Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Bosna and Hercegovina
    25
    Adnan Drndić
    Razvojni centar "Život"
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    26
    Nikoleta Kosovac
    LICEULICE
    Serbia
    27
    Ana Džokić
    Ko gradi grad
    Serbia
    28
    Dragisa Mijacic
    InTER
    Serbia
    29
    Dragisa Kostic
    InTER
    Kosovo
    30
    Melanija Lojpur
    Savez samostalnih sindikata Zrenjanina
    Srbija
    31
    Anita Šimić
    Mreža aktivnih zajednica
    BiH
    32
    Katarina Ejdus
    Women on the Way
    Serbia
    33
    Dubravka Živković
    Elektropionir
    Serbia
    34
    Aleksandar Stamenković
    Young Ambassadors
    Serbia
    35
    Dragan Todorovic
    Savez samostalnih sindikata Beograda
    Serbia
    36
    Darko Radičanin
    Junior Achievement Serbia
    Serbia
    37
    Branko Suzić
    Savez slijepih Republike Srpske
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    38
    Milan Stefanovic
    PROTECTA
    Serbia
    39
    Анастасија Ћоровић
    Удружење грађана "Срце на длану" Бања Лука
    Босна и Херцеговина
    40
    Mirjana Pantelic
    Udruženje preduzeća za profesionalnu rehabilitaciju i zapošljavanje osoba sa invaliditetom Republike Srbije UIPS
    Serbia
    41
    Maja Marković
    GROUPE SOS Pulse
    Western Balkans (Serbia)
    42
    Miloš Paunović
    Razlivalište
    Serbia
    43
    Aleksandra Loparska-Iloska
    PUBLIC- Association for research, communications and development
    North Macedonia
    44
    Emilija Grujic
    European TU Confederation / Regional TU Network Solidarnost
    Regional Trade Union Council "Solidarnost" /ETUC
    45
    Predrag Momčilović
    Zajedničko
    Srbija
    46
    Jelena Ivković
    Fondacija za mlade Obrenovca
    Serbia
    47
    Jelena Brnjoš
    Udruženje građana Centar za edukaciju dece"SmartHouse"
    Srbija
    48
    Marina Tucović
    Ženski , centar Užice
    Serbia
    49
    Jugoslav Radović
    Centar za omladinsku edukaciju
    Crna Gora
    50
    Edina Attia
    udruženje nova Vita
    Sarajevo
    51
    Indira Bajramovic
    udruzenje zena Romkinja"Bolja buducnost" grada Tuzla
    Bosna i Hercegovina
    52
    Enisa Aganović
    Udruženje za kreativno učenje MAK
    Bosna i Hercegovina
    53
    Zulka Baljak
    Centar za građansku suradnju
    Bosna i Hercegovina
    54
    Mirela Ledenko
    Udruženje žena "Žad " Glamoč
    Bosna i Hercegovina
    55
    Milos Blagojevic
    Agency for development and cooperation CEREBRA Banja Luka
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    56
    Senad Hafizović
    GREEN PARTY - ZELENI POKRET
    Bosnia and Hercegovinia
    57
    Adisa Tufo
    PoduzetniceIN
    Bosna i Hercegovina
    58
    Милан Вуловић
    ЛАГ:Центар за рурални развој
    Регионални тип
    59
    Milica Dedic
    NVO Glas
    Montenegro
    60
    Neda Radovic
    NVO SISTEM
    Momtenegro
    61
    Miodrag Vujković
    NVO inovacije.me
    Montenegro
    62
    Ćazim Hadžić
    NVO Altruisti
    Montenegro
    63
    Suzana Stijovic
    COSV - Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo
    Italy-Montenegro-Albania-N.Macedonia
    64
    Nikola Mićunović
    Student Business Center
    Montenegro
    65
    Filip Marijanović
    EESTEC LC Podgorica
    Montenegro
    66
    Biljana Stojceska
    Youth Alliance - Krusevo
    North Macedonia
    67
    Vesna Cvetanoska
    Association for multicultural integration "Inkluzija"
    North Macedonia
    68
    Vahid Memed
    Association Inclusion
    R N Macedonia
    69
    Elizabeta Tosheva
    Center for Educational and Development Initiatives INNOVA LAB Bitola
    North Macedonia
    70
    Milcho Duli
    SFERA International
    North Macedonia
    71
    Dejan Petrovski
    Association for european integration European view point
    North Macedonia
    72
    Ivan Pejović
    AIESEC Montenegro
    Montenegro
    73
    Amandine NICOLAS
    People in Need (PIN)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and North Macedonia
    74
    Jelena Rakčević
    NGO CAZAS
    Montenegro
    75
    Jelena Vasiljevic
    Rainbow Ignite
    Serbia
    76
    Mladen Vukašinović
    MAF FCU
    Montenegro 🇲🇪
    77
    Aleksandra Lakić
    Zajedničko
    Serbia
    78
    Ivana Sreckovic
    NGO NEST
    Montenegro
    79
    Bojan Kordalov
    Institute for Good Governance and Euro Atlantic Perspectives Skopje
    North Macedonia
    80
    Madjercic Snezana
    Iz kruga - Beograd
    Srbija
    81
    Andrea Popovic
    European Policy Network- MASTER / Mreža za evropske politike- MASTER
    Montenegro
    82
    Vladimir Perazić
    Montenegrin Association of Political Science Students - MAPSS
    Montenegro
    83
    Slavica Vukcevic
    Terra Balcanica
    Montenegro
    84
    Veselina Pelagić
    Foundation for research&development,food safety&ecohealth
    Serbia
    85
    Kristina Brkovic
    Budi moj svet (Be My World)
    Republic Serbia
    86
    Jelena Fuštić
    Forum MNE
    Montenegro
    87
    Mirela Kalamperović
    Association for Democratic Prosperity - Zid (ADP-Zid)
    Montenegro
    88
    Goran Macanovic
    Savez slijepih Crne Gore/ Union of the Blind of Montenegro
    Montenegro
    89
    Ganija Pajszitaj
    Udruzenje raseljenih Roma i Egipcana sa Kosmeta u Crnoj Gori
    Montenegro
    90
    Ganija Pajszitaj
    Udruzenje raseljenih Roma i Egipcana sa Kosmeta u Crnoj Gori
    Montenegro
    91
    Ganija Pajazitaj
    Udruzenje raseljenih Roma i Egipcana sa Kosmeta u Crnoj Gori
    Montenegro
    92
    Ganija Pajazitaj
    Udruzenje raseljenih Roma i Egipcana sa Kosmeta u Crnoj Gori
    Montenegro
    93
    Goran Gabric
    4th Mini Yugoslavia
    Serbia
    94
    Aida Perovic
    NVO Prima
    Montenegro
    95
    Marina Vujačić
    Udruženje
    Montenegro
    96
    Marina Vujačić
    Udruženje mladih sa hendikepom Crne Gore
    Montenegro
    97
    Biljana Tomić
    Udruzenje gradjana Moja Ravnica
    RS
    98
    Radojka Morina
    Romsko udruzenje zena-ruz-branicevskog okruga
    RS Srbija
    99
    Marina Tucović
    Ženski centar Užice
    Serbia
    100
    Marko Tošić
    Centar za integraciju mladih / Center for Youth Integration
    Serbia
    101
    Zoran Gavrilovic
    BIRODI
    Serbia
    102
    Adi Salčinović
    Centar za mlade INPUT, Zenica
    BiH
    103
    Adi Salčinović
    STEM Centar
    BiH
    104
    Biljana Tomić
    Udruzenje gradjana Moja Ravnica
    Srbija
    105
    Biljana Tomić
    Udruzenje gradjana Moja Ravnica
    RS
    106
    Kilino Stojkov
    Udruzenje za prosperitet Roma Novi Becej
    Serbia
    107
    Tatjana Macura
    #MameSuZakon
    Srbija
    108
    Besire Santuri
    Natyra
    Kosova
    109
    Saida Berbic
    Udruženje žena Mozaik kultura i tradicijs
    BiH
    110
    Milosav Marinovic
    Liceulice
    Serbia
    111
    Stefan Chichevaliev
    Social Entrepreneurship Observatory
    N.Macedonia
    112
    Mirjana Ivanuša
    Zadruga Socialne ekonomije Slovenije
    Slovenia
    113
    Bosko Nikolic
    NGO "EKO-Leonardo"
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    114
    Stefan Chichevaliev
    Social Entrepreneurship Observatory
    N.Macedonia
    115
    Tijana Jovanović Petrović
    KidHub
    Beograd
    116
    Tijana Jovanović Petrović
    KidHub
    Beograd
    117
    Miloš Janković
    Catalyst Balkans
    Serbia
    118
    Miro Mihec
    Etika
    Slovenija
    119
    Iris Magajna
    DRUŠTVO PUPILLAM, SO.P.
    SLOVENIA
    120
    Esad Bećirović
    Centar za razvoj civilnog društva u BiH
    Bosna i Hercegovina
    121
    Anita Hrast
    Slovenija
    IRDO
    122
    Marjan Holc
    Društvo TOTI DCA Maribor, so.p.
    Slovenija
    123
    Isidora Petkovic
    Dijalog Kafe
    Serbia