Cătălina Papari is a Policy Associate at EVPA. She was a trainee at the European Commission in DG Regio, starting to specialise in inter-institutional European relations and audit, mainly focusing on the simplification of the Cohesion Policy and ERDF.

Previously, she followed a MSc in Economic Policy at the faculty of Law, Governance and Economics from Utrecht University and a BSc in International Business and Economics from Bucharest University of Economic Studies. She was always passionate about institutional economics and the evolution of public-private dynamics regarding socio-economic policies. During her studies she conducted research on education policies, impact evaluation, and projects scale-up mainly in Central and Eastern European countries with the final goal of creating more policy evidence. In the long-run she strives to contribute with her knowledge to a more efficient global economy with better social outcomes and reduced poverty gaps.

  • Day 3 – Friday 11 June
  • 10.00 – 10.50

Partnering for better social outcomes – Lessons learnt from EU public-private collaboration

In order to strengthen Europe’s social dimension and the funding of various social initiatives at the national level, the European Commission, national governments and private social stakeholders have partnered-up putting the cornerstone of some unique EU success stories. This session will introduce the audience to the European Commission's endeavours in facilitating access to finance for social enterprises. It will point out the hurdles of social economy at the local level through the recent study of Social Business Initiative. The second part of the session aims to showcase some best practices in setting up impactful public-private financial mechanisms which overcame these legal, administrative or regulatory barriers within the EU member states. Watch the session recording