Comparative Analysis of the Regulatory Framework for Social Enterprises in Europe


Social entrepreneurship – which combines the tools and strategies of a business with social values and goals – is becoming more widespread in Europe.

The European Center for Not‐for‐Profit Law developed this comparative paper in response to ongoing discussions in Moldova on the need to ensure a more conducive environment for social enterprises. It describes the concept of social entrepreneurship, its definition, and the different regulatory approaches used in numerous European countries (with a particular focus on France, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom).