2016 – Forum: Caritas Bulgaria has organized a forum for social entrepreneurship in Bulgaria

On October 28th, 2016 a forum was held in the Our Lady of Fatima Parish, the town of Pleven, on the topic “Opportunities and Challenges for Development of Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprise”. The Forum was organized by Caritas Bulgaria and gathered together representatives of the Catholic community in Bulgaria, including representatives of Caritas who work every day with people in vulnerable situations and would like to upgrade their activities by developing social enterprises.

During the Forum opportunities and challenges for creating a social enterprise were discussed and the experience on social entrepreneurship in the Catholic Church, Caritas in Italy and some other European countries was presented. Representatives of the Catholic community and of Caritas in Bulgaria shared their experience in the implementation of various social initiatives having things in common with the social economy. Issues related to the legislative regulation of social entrepreneurship in Bulgaria were also discussed as well as the opportunities for financing and for development of a social enterprise and the experience of other organizations in Bulgaria in this field was presented.