A few years ago, the concept of social enterprise was rarely discussed in Europe, however it is now making significant breakthroughs in European Union (EU) countries. The union can not escape the pressure of the current awful economic position so it has no way out to see the task of social involvement under eyes.
We could see some positive development in legal frameworks, public policies, supporting structures, public procurement policies supporting the development of social enterprises in the different EU countries. Relying on collective dynamics involving various types of stakeholders in their governing bodies, they place a high value on their autonomy and they bear economic risks linked to their activity, but some of them dared to stick out their neck, though they are still poorly understood in several of the EU countries.
The notion of social enterprise first appeared in Italy in the late 1980s, but it really…
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