Cooperatives, social enterprises and other SSE organisations are helping to tackle some of Greece’s most significant challenges, such as poverty and unemployment, and providing support for the elderly, people with disabilities and marginalised populations, this important survey finds.

This is the largest study to date of the social and solidarity economy (SSE) in Greece. It finds that the SSE is less developed in Greece than in other European countries, but that there is great potential for it to grow and expand its impact. 

Cooperatives, social enterprises and other SSE organisations are helping to tackle some of the country’s most significant challenges while also promoting and demonstrating alternative business models that incorporate social benefit alongside their economic activity. A high proportion of SSE organisations in Greece seek to reduce poverty and unemployment. A significant number provide support for the elderly, people with a physical or learning disability as well as refugees and asylum seekers.

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This report has been written by European Village and Social Enterprise UK for the British Council in the course of technical support to the Greek Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity through the Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) of the European Commission.