"Evropska mreža za socijalnu inkluziju i preduzetništvo: socijalna inkluzija i razvoj ruralnih regiona za bolju evropsku budućnost ENSIE" - Internacionalni forum u Nišu

Civil society organization "Proactive" organized an international forum "Social inclusion, employability and the labor market", from 22-25 May. This forum is part of the international project "European Network for Social Inclusion and Entrepreneurship: Social Inclusion and Rural Development for a Better European Future ENSIE", which is based on the creation of an international network for the exchange of knowledge on social entrepreneurship. It includes cities, municipalities, specialists, non-profit organizations and institutions. 11 countries participate (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania, Italy, Czech Republic, Portugal, Latvia, Hungary).

The project is being implemented from September 2017 to December 2018, and consists of 6 events in 6 different countries. The event in Nis was the fourth in a row after the initial meeting in Slovakia, study visits to the Czech Republic and seminars in Italy.

All partners have experience in the field of social entrepreneurship and want to improve the social and economic quality of life in their cities (cities). One of the ideas is the creation of a platform for the exchange of good practices and opportunities in this area with the aim of encouraging the social inclusion of marginalized groups, combating social inequality, reducing unemployment, improving the quality of local community services and harmonizing social entrepreneurship with EU standards.

An international forum is organized with the purpose of exchanging knowledge and experience in programs and activities for reducing unemployment and improving the situation of socially vulnerable categories of the population. In 4 days partners presented examples of good practices related to the activities of economic development of local communities, with a special focus on youth and their employability.
1st day was arrival day  with welcome dinner and getting to know other partners, teambuilding and getting familiar with agenda. On a second day participants had chance to see important institutions of city of Niš and very important example of social enterprise, co-working space DELI. 3rd day was the main and this was opportunity to present experiences and practices from nine countries in the form of short presentations. As a parallel activity of this forum, a mini fair of social entrepreneurship was organized on which 7social enterprises were present. On 25th participants had some free time to get to know city of Niš and prepare for traveling back to their countries.

At the forum there were more than 100 participants, in addition to thirty foreign participants from nine countries, representatives of institutions, organizations, donor communities and companies from Serbia were present.

You can see the working atmosphere from the international forum on this video: