Venelin Terziev1, Nelly Bencheva2, Teodora Stoeva3, Мarin Georgiev4

1Full Member of the Russian Academy of Natural History, Professor, Eng

D.Sc. (National Security), D.Sc. (Economics), D.Sc. (Social Activities), Ph.D., Russian Academy of Natural History, Moscow, Russia, Vasil Levski National Military University, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria University of Rousse, Rousse, Bulgaria, terziev@skmat.com

2Professor, Ph.D., Agricultural University – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, bencheva@gmail.com

3Associate Professor, Ph.D., Agricultural University – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, teodorastoeva@gmail.com

4Ph.D., National Military University, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, clementon@abv.bg


The development of the European social model rests on the concept of social entrepreneurship. The concept has a significant contribution to the development of the European social economy. Social entrepreneurship has a remarkable potential, through its innovative solutions, to play an indispensable role in the social cohesion of EU Member States.

The development of social economy in the EU contributes significantly to employment creation, sustainable growth and a fairer distribution of income and wealth. Thanks to the social sector it is possible to combine profitability and social inclusion and to achieve correspondence between services and needs in the public and private sectors. It is essential that compared to other sectors this one has demonstrated its economic and social potential to better address the economic crisis. Therefore, it is getting more and more support for development in almost all EU countries. However, there are significant differences in the scope and scale of development of social economy within the European Union.

The purpose of this study is to examine the state and development of social entrepreneurship based on different national models in six EU countries. The majority of the study is based on the results of the comparative analysis of experts’ evaluations occupying different positions in the social economy structure of the following European countries: Greece, Bulgaria, Ireland, Italy, Malta and Estonia.

Keywords: social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, entrepreneurial approach, expert assessments.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.18769/ijasos.616005

IJASOS International e-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences, Peer-reviewed international Academic Journal, ISSN: 2411-183X

Vol. VI, ISSUE:16; April 2020

Publication date: 30.04.2020