Peer Review in Croatia: Social entrepreneurship and other models to secure employment for those most in need

Lessons learned

  • Countries need to develop a broad policy framework to nurture social entrepreneurship. Flexible rules on state aid and public procurement are important.
  • The crisis has resulted in new challenges but also learning opportunities; finding ways adjusting to the changed context can inspire previously unexplored approaches and fresh ideas.
  • Other crucial elements include: start-up finance and ongoing support for growth and sustainability, as well as networking programmes.
  • Work integration social enterprises need to expand employment opportunities for all disadvantaged groups, for example the Youth Guarantee should not crowd out support for other groups in need.

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