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Parliamentary questions
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18 March 2016
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-015971/2015

In its communication ‘Social Business Initiative’ of 25 October 2011(1), the Commission announced that further reflection on the need for a European statute for non-profit-making associations is possible only after the adoption of the proposed European Foundation Statute.

Consequently, after the withdrawal of the proposal on European Foundation(2), the Commission decided not to propose a draft Regulation for a European Association Statute. The endorsement of such an initiative by the Council which, similarly to all other Regulations in the social economy area, can be achieved only by unanimity, seems, at present, unlikely.

However, in the context of the work of the Consultative Group of Experts in Social Enterprises (GECES), created by the Commission on the basis of the Social Business Initiative, the Commission services are examining, amongst others, ways of promoting associations, and of improving, where necessary, their legal framework at European level. The Commission reports regularly to the Social Economy Intergroup of the Parliament on the progress of the implementation of the various actions of the Social Business Initiative.

(1)COM(2011)0682 final — http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/social_business/docs/COM2011_682_en.pdf
(2)As part of the Better Regulation agenda for 2015, the proposal was withdrawn since it appeared clear that it had not sufficient support for its adoption by unanimity in the Council.

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