During the working visit to Quebec, Luxembourg's Minister of Labour, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy, Nicolas Schmit, and Canada's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Agenda, Dominique Anglade, signed a declaration expressing their desire to foster the development of relations between Quebec and Luxembourg in the area of the social and solidarity economy.
By signing this declaration, Ministers Anglade and Schmit wish to mark the beginning of a process to encourage exchanges on laws and public policies supporting the social and solidarity economy implemented by Quebec and Luxembourg. The aim is to optimise and enrich the latter through cooperation between the administrations concerned.
In addition, aware that the development of the social and solidarity economy is now a common concern, they confirm their intention to establish and develop effective cooperation, based on their mutual interests in this area. They recognise that the social and solidarity economy promotes, on both sides, sustainable and inclusive growth, in particular through the creation of quality jobs and social cohesion, thus providing a responsive response to community needs.
Québec and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg already share ties of friendship, enriched by the established cooperation in the fields of culture, education and social security.
Through this commitment, Dominique Anglade and Nicolas Schmit have confirmed their commitment to promote the social and solidarity economy on the world stage while encouraging the development of public policies for this purpose, particularly in the context of bilateral exchanges, international events or work carried out by various bodies of international consultation. They also recognise the importance of supporting international research projects in this field, in order to enrich their knowledge and thus promote ecosystems in a global way.
"The social and solidarity economy is an innovative and growing sector in Luxembourg that still needs to be developed. This collaboration with our partners in Quebec complements the collaborations already established at the level of the European Union. The exchange of good practices is an important vehicle for supporting this constantly changing sector" said Minister Schmit.