Extraordinary meeting of Associazione Controllo del Vicinato (ACdV)         

On 2017 September 10th, our Associazione Controllo del Vicinato (ACdV) held an extraordinary meeting with the double aim to officially appoint the new President and also two members of the Executive Committee. As you know, back in April Gianfrancesco Caccia, the initiator of the Italian NW project left his position mainly because of his new job that will bring him away from Italy for long.

The new appointed president is Leonardo Campanale from Rodano Lombardia, co-founder of the association. Vice presidents are the other two co-founders Francesco Caccetta from Castel Ritaldi, Umbria, and Gianfrancesco Caccia from Caronno Pertusella. The two newly appointed members of ACdV steering committee are Roberta Bravi from Ravenna, Emilia Romagna region, and Mirella Seccafieno from Castel Ritaldi, Umbria.

The meeting allowed ACdV to discuss several important internal themes such as the necessary requirements of the new legal form we aim to take. In the summer, the Italian State has made an important step towards all Italian volunteer associations by simplifying and modernizing the rules to create and administrate them.

Social entrepreneurship in Italy may be about to experience a new period of developments. The reform of the third sector, which was approved by the Parliament in June, has established a framework with a view to the introduction of definitive decrees and it is already possible to draw up an initial evaluation.

According to the CECOP member Federsolidarietá (www.cecop.coop/What-is-CECOP), the objectives are both clear and ambitious, “society is changing and is constantly evolving; knowing how to respond to its needs is increasingly becoming a major challenge for all countries. Social cooperation, social entrepreneurship and the entire third sector in Italy are prime candidates to stimulate employment growth by promoting, in particular, the participation of young people."

The main features implying also our (ACdV) activity foreseen by the draft law are the following:

  • Redefinition of the social enterprise as a private enterprise with objectives of general interest, with the primary purpose of achieving measurable positive social impacts. These must be obtained through the production or trading of socially useful goods and services, utilizing social enterprises’ profits for the achievement of social objectives, including the adoption of participatory models.
  • Mandatory qualification as social enterprise for those organizations that comply with the requirements.
  • Expansion of sectors that carry out socially useful activities.
  • Coordination of the discipline of social enterprises with the system regulating business activities carried out by socially useful non-profit organizations. During the twelve months following the entry into force of the law, the Italian Government will adopt the legislative decrees to reform the sector.

Social enterprises may now play a significant role in the promotion of general interest activities.

Furthermore, the reform of the third sector makes it easier for property and real estate to be entrusted to social cooperatives, social enterprises and third-party organizations. Any disused public buildings, property which has been confiscated from organized crime organizations or cultural and environmental assets which have the potential to be developed and which are in the possession of a region may be entrusted to organizations in the third sector and to social enterprises which represent new potential for regeneration and local development.

We believe this set of new laws offers also to ACdV a great growth possibility and may allow us to grow in a sound legislative framework in the coming years. We will better understand this once the single laws will be promulgated.

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