We can provide you tailored EU visibility and positive profiling strategies matched to your specific goals and objectives. The overall aim is to raise the positive profile, reputation and influence of your organisation with key EU stakeholders including the European Commission, Parliament and Member States.


DIESIS designs specific strategic plans taking your strengths and opportunities into account, and makes recommendations to improve your visibility.


We organise:


  • Study visits
  • Events: conferences and seminars
  • Contacts and meetings with European institutions


DIESIS organises two study visits (in Italy and in Krakow) for a group of Polish policy makers and experts of finance for social enterprises. The visits aim at increasing the knowledge and assessing the transferability of financial tools for social cooperatives set up by Lombardy region to the Polish region of Malopolska.

Montepulciano (Italy) hosted “Spotlights on work” (Luci sul Lavoro), a visual art festival focused on work and employee financial participation. Discussions, shows, stand-up comedy, independent documentaries, short-film and galleries celebrated and discussed about work as a fundamental right expression of human personality. DIESIS collaborated in the organisation of this event.

DIESIS has collaborated in the ESF Systemic project “Development and Innovation in Europe of a Social Inclusion System”, a project aimed at building the capacity and foster mutual learning of Italian regional and national public administrations in charge of social inclusion. The project is coordinated by FORMEZ, an Italian Public Support Structure. DIESIS has organised two study visits on topics related to social economy and social policies in Belgium (Flanders) and Poland (Krakow).

"The week of Employee Financial Participation" was the main event of the project “Promoting Employee Financial Participation in the EU27”. The event was hosted by the EESC under the auspices of its President, Staffan Nielsson. It was organised by DIESIS in partnership with European Social Partners and European Institutions.

The 2nd Active Europe Conference took place in Krakow, during the Polish Presidency of the European Union. Organised by the European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks in collaboration with Krakow University of Economics, under the patronage of the Polish President, it involved many European and national institutions. It was attended by more than 200 people. DIESIS contributed to the organisation of a workshop on “Public procurement and social enterprises”.

DIESIS coordinated several activities for the dissemination of the results of the PASE project involving partners from Italy, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Romania, France and Spain. The main aim of this INTERREG project was to enforce the effectiveness of partners’ regional public policies in promoting and supporting social entrepreneurship as an important lever for local economic development and territorial competitiveness, paying attention to social issues. The dissemination activities coordinated by DIESIS included: • The organisation of a workshop on “Public procurement and social enterprises” in the framework of the 2nd Active Europe Conference organised by the European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks (Krakow, 7th-8th September 2011) • The organisation and the facilitation of the PASE Mainstreaming seminar (Hannover, 21st September 2011) • Organisation of a round table on “Public procurement and public social partnerships : the prospects for social enterprises and the reform of EU rules” (Brussels, 26th October 2011) • The redaction of a paper on “The modernisation of EU public procurement policy - The point of view of social economy actors” (September 2011) • The activation and animation of a community of practice on the Project Web-site (www.pase-project.eu) on the following topics: Public procurement and social clauses, Finance for social enterprises and Mainstreaming of PASE project results • The preparation of two newsletters on the mainstreaming of project results at local and European level, included the realisation of several video interviews with project coordinators and local and European stake-holders.


It consisted in a visit of disadvantaged young people of Italian origin to Brussels. They were able to meet socio-professional integration organisations based in Brussels. The project was funded by Fondazione Sud and managed by a consortium of CGM.

DIESIS organised a study tour for a group of 9 Polish MPs who wanted to understand better the role and the importance of social economy and social enterprises in Europe. They were in London for two days (May 12th and 13th) and in Brussels for the social economy week organised in the European Parliament. The MPs were all involved in social affairs issues and have links with social cooperatives and NGOs. They were accompanied by 3 representatives of Polish social economy and NGOs. In London they met representatives of the Third Sector Office, SEC, Social Firms UK, NEF and Cooperatives UK.

DIESIS organised two study visits (in Italy and in Brussels) for a group of Polish experts and practitioners of youth policies. They visited institutions and NGOs involved in European, national and local planning and management of social and employments policies of young people. They visited several concrete projects set up to promote social inclusion of young people at risk of marginalisation.

Gdansk Social Economy Conference was promoted by the Polish Ministry of Regional Development as the final event of the Equal programme. It was a major event for Poland and for Europe to discuss several key topics to foster the development of social economy and to set up political and operational priorities for the next years. Gdansk was chosen deliberately to host this event. As a birth place of “Solidarity” movement and witness to historical negotiations between Solidarity activists and communist government in 1980, it was the best site to discuss new forms of social solidarity. The conference consisted of numerous events, among others: • panel discussion with EU and social economy networks representatives, speeches of Polish government members; • debate in Gdansk Shipyard with creators of “Solidarity” breakthrough; • Social Economy market and nine thematic parallel sessions (2 days). DIESIS supported the Polish organisers on all the transnational aspects of the conference (choice and contacts with foreign speakers and guests, chair and organisation of three workshops, preparation of background materials and reports).


A learning seminar on "Think Smart, Act Social: Enhancing Social Value in Public Procurement" was organised by the Flemish government in Antwerp on 10th-11th April 2008. The aim of the event was to raise awareness among local authorities and public procurement officers of the possibilities of buying from social enterprises and to raise the capacity of social enterprises to deliver social benefits in their contracts with public authorities. DIESIS provided expertise and coordinated the workshop on the role of different stakeholders in public procurement.

A policy forum was held in Hanover (Germany) on June 5th and 6Th 2007. It was organized jointly by Social Economy and Business Creation ETGs and it was focused on identifying strategies for inclusive entrepreneurship and social enterprise to be included in the Lisbon strategy. It involved many relevant EU and international institutions (European Commission, EP, EESC, Committee of Regions, OECD) in order to broaden understanding and support for the social economy and inclusive entrepreneurship and the need for more comprehensive and integrated approaches during the next round of structural funds.

The event "Social Enterprises: Equal Work and Business Opportunities" was held in Helsinki on 5-6 February 2007. The seminar aim was to contribute to the mainstreaming of EQUAL best practices in the field of Social Economy and in particular Social Enterprises. It brought together about 300 actors both from the ‘EQUAL world' and the ‘outside' and provided them a forum for discussing themes such as finance, support and training for social enterprises, growth sectors and business models, service provision and public social partnerships.

The EQUAL event took place in Italy (Tivoli - Rome) on December 4th and 5th and examined "how can social economy contribute to local development?". DIESIS acted as expert presenting a background paper and a case study from Poland.

The Polish government organised the learning seminar "Social economy: a model for inclusion, entrepreneurship and local development", which took place in Warsaw from 10th to 12th May 2006. DIESIS provided support in the organisation of the seminar (redaction of the programme, choice of speakers, selection of participants, etc.) and prepared case studies and background materials (available to download on http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/equal/activities/200604-se-etg2_en.cfm

On 18th and 19th of October, the second Polish meeting of social economy took place in Warsaw. In the first day of the meeting, the topic was focused on cooperation between governmental administrations and the Social Economy (SE) sector. In the second day, the topic was about the SE as an important factor of local and regional development. DIESIS contributed to the organisation of the conference providing expertise and speakers presenting European and national experiences.

DIESIS organised an information and exchange meeting among just approved EQUAL projects in order to help them to find transnational partners. More than 100 people (representing 45 projects) participated to the meeting opened by a representative of the European Commission.

DIESIS actively contributed to plan and organise three seminars of the European social economy conference which took place in Krakow in October 2004. Those were: • “Evaluation and prospects of the Equal programme for the social economy in the new EU countries” (Sem. 11) ; • “Training and education for social economy entrepreneurs” (Sem 4) ; • “The cooperative entrepreneurship: a dimension to develop in the enlarged EU” (Sem. 8). DIESIS participated in the preparation of the programme, the choice of speakers and seminars’ coordination on site.