Slovenia to chair EU social economy group in 2018

Slovenia will chair a group of EU members in the area of social economy in 2018, whereas in the same year the city of Maribor will turn into a European Capital of Social Economy.

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The decision was taken at a conference on social economy on the eve of the EU social summit, which was in Sweden's Gothenburg on 17 November. Slovenia will thus lead a group of 14 EU countries which are active in developing social economy at the national and European levels. It will take over the chairing the group's supervisory board, which met in Gothenburg, from Spain.

Meanwhile, Slovenia's second largest city will take over the title of European Social Capital from Spain's Madrid. Compared with other Slovenian cities, Maribor has developed social economy to the largest extent over the past few years.

State Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office Tadej Slapnik outlined Slovenia's activity in establishing and promoting the social economy environment. He was then unanimously chosen the chair of the supervisory board of the Luxembourg Declaration, whereby Slovenia was selected the chair of the initiative for next year.