This morning I attended the opening session of a conference organised by the EESC’s Various Interests Group and chaired by its President, Luca Jahier, on the theme of ‘Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable Europe’. The rich agenda of this day-long meeting concentrated on the role of social enterprises in making the Europe 2020 strategy a success. Representatives of various social enterprise organisations addressed the conference and a keynote speech was delivered by Laszlo Andor, the European Commissioner with responsibility for employment, social affairs and inclusion. Other speakers included a number of the Committee’s rapporteurs of related opinions, including Giuseppe Guerini (Social Business Initiative) and Ariane Rodert (European Social Entrepreneurship Funds, Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise) and Miguel Cabra De Luna (Diverse Forms of Enterprise).