The ISED project focuses on social enterprises and aims to integrate companies into health and social care at national and local levels in the Baltic Sea region.
Social enterprises have a long tradition of delivering services to the health and social care. These companies represent an important source of inspiration and energy for recovery in the Baltic Sea region. In many European countries, local authorities and municipalities have well-established routines and rules for procuring services from non-profit organizations and social enterprises. However, not all countries in the Baltic Sea region have developed such systems for procurement. The implementations of new rules and political ambitions are sometimes not working due to lack of practical mechanisms. The project stresses that social enterprises must be recognized by the states, municipalities and local authorities. Furthermore, it is essential to have a system for procurements of services provided by social enterprises.
The project will arrange study visits for representatives of ministries, municipalities and local authorities. The visits will focus on the experiences of public procurement systems. One purpose is to raise the awareness among national policy makers and to better understand the role of social enterprises in local economies.