Policy officer for Social entrepreneurship, Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), European Commission


Dana works at the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission, in a team that is focusing on social economy and social enterprise finance. Currently most of her time is dedicated to the preparation of the upcoming European action plan for the social economy. She is notably working on measures to facilitate access to finance for social enterprises, develop social finance markets, build the capacity of social economy stakeholders and enhance awareness and visibility of social enterprises.

Her academic background is in International Economic Relations and Social Sciences, topics that she studied and researched at the Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest and the University of Trieste.

  • 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