Women and Basque cooperativism looking towards Europe: building a shared agenda

On 10 March 2020 a seminar on women and cooperativism was held at the University of Deusto: “Women and Basque cooperativism looking towards Europe: building a shared agenda”. Women such as Paloma Arroyo, director of COCETA (Spanish Confederation of Associated Work Cooperatives) and Malena Riudavets, vice-president of COCETA and member of the ICA (International Cooperative Alliance) Gender Executive Committee, were invited as speakers on this day. 

In addition, a group workshop was developed to address issues such as the opportunities that cooperatives offer to women and the priorities that should be taken into account when developing a future common agenda. The seminar was organised by the EDISPe team and the Jean Monnet EUCLIPE Chair from the same university. As the speaker Paloma Arroyo pointed out, this society was given to us to transform it, not to maintain it. 

“30 years of EU cohesion policy: governance and future”

On 19 February 2020, a day of reflection was held on the European Union’s cohesion policy: “30 years of EU cohesion policy: governance and future”, organised by the UPV/EHU, EuroBasque and Europe Direct Bizkaia. 30 years after its creation, this cohesion policy represents a concrete expression of European solidarity policy and is also an essential element in achieving a more sustainable, innovative and cooperative future.
The Director of European Affairs of the Basque Government, Mikel Antón Zarragoitia, took part in the meeting and highlighted the challenges of multilevel governance in the EU and the participation of the regions in cohesion policy. Other issues discussed included the participation of citizens, European migration policies and research and transfer to ensure that no one is left behind.
In addition, the holder of the Jean Monnet EUCLIPE Chair, Laura Gómez Urquijo, presented the new features of the Green Pact in the EU’s strategy and its connection with cohesion policy for the challenges of the Just Transition. Representatives from different citizens’ organisations, academics and politicians engaged in a dialogue on the European Union following the presentations made.

The European Commission presents the new European Green Deal

In December 2019 the European Commission published the “European Green Deal”, whose main objective is to transform the EU’s economy so as to reach a sustainable future. This communication is a strategy to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals, introduced by the United Nations in its agenda for 2030. In addition, the EU wants to achieve these goals throughout a just transition, this means, in a fair and inclusive way, without leaving anyone aside. On the other hand, the new technologies play also a key role in this new project since they will help in the research process and in the promotion of innovation.In this way, we can understand that the EU is expressing its concern about the future of the economy and social welfare. 


European Commission Communication (2019) The European Green Deal, COM (2019) 640 of 11 December 2019. https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/european-green-deal-communication_en.pdf

Participation in the 5th Conference on Social Innovation and Digital-Social Transformation

The 5th Global Research Conference “Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation”, towards a comprehensive innovation policy organized by ESSI (The European School for Social Innovation) was held in Dortmund (Germany) on 28-29 October 2019. 

The “European School of Social Innovation”, in cooperation with the TU Dortmund University and the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, plans and designs the event “Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation”, a key event on social innovation in the year 2019. It brought together representatives of scientific concepts, policy approaches and outstanding initiatives in social innovation. The conference also brought together leading experts in social innovation research.

In the framework of the FP7 SI-DRIVE project, the “Atlas of Social Innovation” report presents a comprehensive overview of global initiatives in social innovation. The Atlas provides information on the various approaches used in different regions of the world and in policy areas such as employment, education, environment, climate change, energy, transport, health, poverty and sustainable development.

The Basque Country is one of the regions analysed. Marta Enciso, SI-DRIVE PI from DEUSTO, was one of the researchers in charge of analyzing the evolution of the Basque Country in terms of social innovation. In fact, in the last 10 years, social innovation in this Community has gone from being framed in the social economy to being part of the regional innovation system.

Carmona Movement for the Feminization of Private Law at the University of Deusto

On September 19th and 20th 2019, a new edition of the Carmona Movement for the Feminization of Private Law was held at the University of Deusto. This movement was born in 2009, promoted by several professors of Civil Law in the city of Carmona.

During these sessions, different topics were addressed, such as the evolution of the legal system itself, applying criteria of transversality; leadership, employment and innovation in the economy from an increasingly complex perspective; and, finally, international and European Union strategies to promote equality and the fight against discrimination, gender violence, harassment and victim protection.

This congress is hosted by the University’s Faculty of Law, the EDISPe Research Team (Social Development, Economy and Social Innovation for People) whose main researcher is Professor and researcher Aitziber Mugarra, and the Jean Monnet de Deusto Chair directed by Professor Laura Gómez.