Prometeus – Promoting Social Economy in Romania through research, education and training at European standards

Prometeus – Promoting Social Economy in Romania through research, education and training at European standards

September 2010 – September 2013

Aim:Promoting social economy as a flexible and sustainable tool for generating jobs, economic development and social inclusion in Romania.

Specific objectives:

  1. Development of scientific research and higher education in the field of social economy, indispensable tools for the implementation of the concept of social economy in Romania and its integration into the European movement in the field;
  2. Increasing the visibility of social enterprises and the public support for their development in Romania and promotion of a favorable public policies framework for social economy;
  3. Development of social enterprises in Romania and increasing their performances through training and coaching;

Main Results of RIQL activity:

  • 4 national studies for:
  • Mutual aid associations and credit cooperatives( ;
  • Cooperatives (;
  • Social economy entities from agriculture and forestry (;
  • Local development and social economy (;
  • 6 data bases with social economy entities (non-profit organizations, cooperatives, employees’ mutual aid associations, pensioners’ mutual aid associations, commons, agriculture associations) with informations about: income, assets, profit/surplus, employees for 2000-2010
  • 1 international conference
  • 4 workshops


Quantitative part:

  • Secondary data analysis on Regis data base of NIS
  • Survey

Qualitative part:

  • In-depth interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Social documents analysis
  • Case studies
Coordinator RIQL: Claudia Petrescu
Research team RIQL: Simona Ilie, Mircea Kivu, Ioan Mărginean, Flavius Mihalache, Claudia Petrescu, Ionuț Petrescu, Smaranda Rotaru, Claudiu Tufiș, Marian Vasile, Bogdan Voicu, Mălina Voicu
Period: September 2010 – September 2013
Funding: European Social Fund, Sectorial Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013
Key words: social economy, social enterprises, cooperatives, commons, local development

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