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Social enterprises and competition law

The so-called Social Economy, including cooperatives, mutual societies, non-profit associations, foundations and social enterprises, provides a wide range of products and services across Europe and generates millions of jobs. In France, it represents 10 % of GDP. It is sometimes presented as a way to exit a crisis and put on honor by the French government which organised in November 2012 a lot of events on this topic. The aim of this communication is to make an assessment of applications of EU and French competition law to the so-called “ social enterprises”.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. 1. In these difficult times, the social and solidarity economy (hereafter SSE) is attracting renewed interest, to such an extent that it is sometimes seen as a way out of the crisis. The appointment in the Government of a Minister Delegate for the Social and Solidarity Economy and the organisation of the Social and Solidarity Economy Month, into which this conference fits, are illustrations of this. In this context, talking about competition may appear, if not provocative, at least far removed from the principles that govern the SSE: equality of persons, solidarity between members, economic independence. Yet SSE is at the heart of the economy, particularly

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  • University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas

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Laurence Idot, Social enterprises and competition law, February 2013, Concurrences N° 1-2013, Art. N° 50430, www.concurrences.com

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