The book presents the results of a research conducted by Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romanian Academy, part of the “Integrat – Resources for the socially excluded women and Roma groups” project, which was co-financed by the European Social Fund (EFS) through the Sectorial Operational Program Human Resource Development 2007-2013. The main goal was to stimulate social inclusion especially for women and Roma groups in the Bucharest-Ilfov and South-East development regions
The current strategy of the European Union is strongly related to a new solution that is based on the force given by the so called “European social economy” platform. The social economy is initiated by a humanist philosophical principle that aims equal opportunities for all the social categories. The European institutions, their initiatives and the approach itself alleged by European projects depend on this reformative model of thought that has been adopted through the Lisbon Treaty in December of 2009. The study has as main goal to analyze this principle, by taking into account its connections with the social inclusion aspects and its approach as a major ethical and social integration on the market labor for those who have been isolated in the current context of the crisis. Moreover, the main objectives, the institutional characteristics and also the theoretical and philosophical backgrounds of the social economy will be highlighted.