Municipality of Haskovo PB2 – Deliverable 5.2.2 Report regarding the policy making recommendations

This report with proposals and recommendations for policies promoting social entrepreneurship is made in the framework of the project SOCIAL FORCES, financed by the Interreg VA Greece Bulgaria 2014 2014 Cross-border Cooperation Program. Undoubtedly, social entrepreneurship is one of the proven successful approaches to overcoming social inequalities. Combining a business approach with the achievement of social goals has many advantages over providing social assistance for vulnerable groups. Employment of disadvantaged people not only contributes to the financial independence of these persons, but also helps them to integrate into society by acquiring new knowledge and skills related to the profession they practice, by acquiring communication skills and working in a team, by creating a sense of usefulness (satisfaction with the job done), which in turn leads to greater motivation for development and improvement. But unlike ordinary enterprises, social enterprises need the support of the state, local authorities and society in order to start business and achieve sustainability.

This support is necessary to cover the costs of social enterprises for training and support to vulnerable groups according to their specificity. Many social enterprises cannot function successfully without the appointment of qualified social workers and psychologists to help create the right microclimate for work, to work individually and in groups with representatives of vulnerable groups, to create confidence, peace of mind, motivate them to develop and to emerge from a situation of social exclusion. Such costs are inherent in other businesses on the market and put social enterprises at a disadvantage. Therefore, providing support for them is fully justified given the social goals they achieve. And support for social enterprises can take many and different forms.

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