On 7 March 2019 AlpSib project partners had the privilege to present the project and social impact investing at the Social Economy Category of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.

AlpSib was presented during the afternoon’s session. The session opened Ms Maria Chiara Pizzorno, member of the AlpSib consortium, who briefly described the project and its outcomes. Later, Ms Stefania Amorosi, Deputy Head of the Joint Secretariat talking about the Interreg Alpine Space Programme’s contribution to social innovation.

Mr Mika Pyykkö, Project Director at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, presented the initiatives for promoting social outcomes contracting under the future Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU. Later, Ms Georgia Efremova, Policy Officer on Financial Instruments & Social Impact Investment at DG for Economic and Financial Affairs, introduced the current state of European policy on social impact investments.

For the end, Ms Marta Marczis, President of the European Association for Information on Local Development, discussed the EU social impact tools and shared her interesting experience from her long and diverse career.

The panel ended with a discussion, which proved the interest in the social impact investing, which is still a topic to be explored and developed in the future.