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21 Dec 2011

Social and solidarity economy: Minister Lessard’s mission to Europe

<div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand;font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/Groupe_Lux_recadre_500.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/">Christos Sirros, Québec Delegate General in Brussels; Romain Schneider, Minister-Delegate to the Social Economy of Luxembourg; and Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy.</span>

The Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy (MAMROT), Laurent Lessard, undertook a mission to Europe from December 10 to 18. He visited Belgium, Luxembourg and France to discuss the social economy’s status and progress.

The fact-finding and prospecting mission was a follow-up to the International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy (FIESS 2011) held in Montréal last October and focused on gaining information on good practices around the world with an eye to improving current procedures.

Minister Lessard’s mission began in Belgium where his activities included a working meeting with experts from the Walloon Council for the Social Economy. He then went to the University of Liège for a meeting with Jean-Claude Marcourt, Minister of Economy, SMEs, Foreign Trade, New Technologies and Higher Education. The ministers noted the many points of interest that both societies share concerning social economy.

Minister Lessard also spoke with key Flemish social economy figures during a meeting organized by the Québec Government Office in Brussels.

The mission included visits to social economy businesses in Wallonia and Flanders.

The next stop on Minister Lessard’s itinerary was Luxembourg, at the invitation of Romain Schneider, Minister-Delegate to the Social Economy, where he was apprised of the Grand Duchy’s new 2012 social economy plan.

The mission ended in Strasbourg, France where Minister Lessard met with the Head of the Social Cohesion Research and Development Division, Gilda Farrell, at the Council of Europe. He also went to the European Parliament to speak with the Co-Chair of the Social Economy Intergroup, Marc Tarabella. Discussions at the Alsace Regional Council and Strasbourg City Hall on good practices in social economy were also on the program.

International Forum on Social and Solidarity Economy
MAMROT – Major issues – Social Economy (in French)

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