The Ministry of social policy and labor has created a policy development group on social entrepreneurship. The group encompasses representatives of the Ministry of labor and social policy, Ministry of Economy, Agency of Employment, Centers for development of entrepreneurship, CSOs and academia. The Smart Start local project manager, Marija Risteska is member of the policy development group.
The first meeting of the group has been held on 07.03.2017 in the Hotel Solun in Skopje. The main item for discussion on the agenda was the draft Law on social entrepreneurship. The members of the group have elaborated that a law is needed in order to create supply (social entrepreneurs to start up social companies) and demand for social entrepreneurship (public to create a double preferential system for products and services provided by social economy). However the members of the group have comments that can result in significant changes to the Law on social entrepreneurship. The meeting was closed with a conclusion that members of the group will in writing submit the comments whereas the Project on Fostering social entrepreneurship will integrate them in the text of the draft law. The next meeting will be held in a month time.