An Introduction to Tailor-Made Legislation for Social Enterprises in the EU: A Comparison of Legal Regimes in Belgium, Greece and the UK

62 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2020

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Aikaterini Argyrou

Utrecht University, School of Law, Students; Nyenrode Business University

Tineke Lambooy

Utrecht University School of Law

Date Written: September 18, 2020

Abstract

Various countries in the EU have introduced tailor-made legal forms for social enterprise in their national legal systems. Social enterprises are organisations which exhibit characteristics different from those applicable to mainstream companies. Their main objective is to have a social impact rather than to make a profit. They involve various types of stakeholders in their decision-making activities and they communicate their activities in social reports. This article introduces tailor-made legal forms for social enterprises in three selected national legal systems, i.e. in Belgium, Greece and the UK. It contrasts their similarities and differences based on certain legal variables, i.e. social purpose, participatory governance, accountability-responsibility and financial structure. The legal variables are extracted from the Commission’s definition of the social enterprise in the Social Business Initiative Communication of 2011.

Suggested Citation

Argyrou, Aikaterini and Lambooy, Tineke, An Introduction to Tailor-Made Legislation for Social Enterprises in the EU: A Comparison of Legal Regimes in Belgium, Greece and the UK (September 18, 2020). University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2020-25, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3695014

Aikaterini Argyrou (Contact Author)

Utrecht University, School of Law, Students ( email )

Utrecht
Netherlands

Nyenrode Business University ( email )

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Tineke Lambooy

Utrecht University School of Law ( email )

3508 TC Utrecht
Utrecht
Netherlands

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