Portugal and Spain launch Center for Social Economy and Innovation in Guarda

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Ana Mendes Godinho, who is Portugal’s Minister of Labour, Solidarity, and Social Security, referred to the Center for Social Economy and Innovation (CEIS), which was jointly established by the governments of Portugal and Spain, as a “powerful instrument” for the Social Economy.

The Minister was giving a speech at the opening ceremony of CEIS in Guarda, which has its headquarters in the building that once housed Social Security.

During her speech, Ana Mendes Godinho said that “the Social Economy now has a powerful instrument of union and transformation dedicated to skills,” and that this statement was made in a year “in which Europe is celebrating the qualifications of all workers.”

The Minister went on to say that the objective is to strengthen the capabilities of organizations that participate in the Social Economy via the provision of professional training as well as the recognition, validation, and certification of workers’ skills in order to certify and retrain personnel as well as their leaders and managers.

According to Ana Mendes Godinho, CEIS is also “an instrument of transformation” and that “it will have all the support to innovate, to capacitate, and to modernize the social economy, in line with what is evident from the point of view of its importance in society.”

A Ministra lembrou ainda que, em Portugal e Espanha, «a Economia Social representa mais de 6% do emprego», o que «mostra bem an importancia e cómo é uma alavanca de desenvolvimento, de criacão de emprego, do criacão de oportunidades». É também, nos territórios de baixa densidade, «um dos principais impulsionadores da capacidade de atracão e de fixacão de pessoas».

Ana Mendes Godinho adiantou que o CEIS «vai comecar já a trabalhar», tendo disponíveis cerca de 10 milhões de euros para os «primeiros anos de atividade».

Uma referência para a Europa e para o world

Yolanda Díaz, a segunda vice-presidente do Governo de Espanha e ministra do Trabalho e da Economia Social, por sua vez, salientou an importancia do projeto que envolve os dois países e disse que o CEIS «vai ser uma referência na Europa e também do mundo». Servirá para partilhar boas práticas, formacão e experiências do ambito da Economia Social e melhorar a vida dos cidadãos.

O CEIS resulta de uma parceria entre o Instituto do Emprego e Formacão Profissional (IEFP), a Cooperativa António Sérgio para an Economia Social (CASES), a Confederacão Portuguesa de Economia Social (CPES), o Centro de Estudos Ibéricos (CEI) e o Instituto da Seguranca Social (ISS).

Do lado de Espanha, os parceiros diretos ou indiretos são a Confederacão Empresarial Espanhola da Economia Social (CEPES), o Centro Internacional de Investigacão e Informacão em Economia Pública, Social e Cooperativa (CIRIEC), a Direcão-Geral do Trabalho Independente, Economia Social e Responsabilidade Social da Empresa (DGTAESRSE), o Servico Público de Emprego do Estado (SEPE) e a Fundacão Estatal para a Formacão no Emprego (FUNDAE).

Source: https://www.portugal.gov.pt/pt/gc23/comunicacao/noticia?i=portugal-e-espanha-lancam-centro-para-a-economia-e-inovacao-social-na-guarda

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