REVES - European network of cities and SSE organisations


REVES is the unique european organisation based on partnership between local and regional authorities and territorial social economy organisations. Under “Social economy” REVES considers cooperatives, mutual societies, associations, foundations and, more in general, all those organisations asserting the “primacy of individual and of social objective over capital, the voluntary and open membership, the democratic control by membership, the combination of interests of members/users and the general interest, the defence and application of the principle of solidarity and responsibility, the autonomous management and the sustainable use of most of surpluses”.

REVES Members are those local authorities or social economy organisation that are presently developing or are willing to develop policies to promote social and solidarity based economy, for a most fair, inclusive, participative and responsible society; a network of social innovation in terms both of methods and procedures based on co-construction and shared capacities of the members and their territories.

REVES represents, defends and promotes the common values of its members vis-à-vis European and Internationals institutions.

Jointly with its members, it pursues the objectives set out in the REVES charter, in order to :

  • Establish a dialogue with the European and international Institutions in order to create positive conditions for the development of social and solidarity based-economy;

  • Develop social responsibility and exchange expertise and know-how, and to implement innovation in the fields of inclusion, participation and empowerment of local communities;

  • Educate and communicate the contribution of social economy-based partnership for more solidarity-based communities;

  • Be a laboratory for innovation in social policies and to support their dissemination in all territories;

  • Cooperate and create synergies with other national, European and international networks and to complement them;

  • Pursue these objectives in Europe and at international level with a view to territorial cohesion, international solidarity, promotion of equal opportunity and north-south cooperation;

  • Capitalize on its own and members experiences in the different fields of interest and make them available to all members.

*Introduction of REVES is from the RVES homepage