Tourism is one of the largest socioeconomic activities in Europe. Given its potential, it should develop its capacity to generate benefits for the whole society in fields such as employment, sustainable wealth generation, culture, environment etc. What’s the added value of cooperatives involved in tourist activities in terms of local development? How do they promote the European cultural and industrial heritage? Read more.
A report recently published by the Andalusian Federation of Worker Cooperatives (FAECTA) in Spain provide evidence that the green economy offers new business opportunities and job creation for worker cooperatives in this region, including sustainable tourism. The study reflects that the philosophy behind the green economy (equitable distribution of wealth, equity and economic justice; intergenerational equity; sustainable production and consumption; redefinition of welfare; gender equality, etc.) matches with the cooperative DNA, especially in rural areas. Read more.
The November-December issue of the E-magazine Work Together featuring news of cooperatives within Industry and Services worldwide is out! The brand new campaign "Social needs, cooperative answers" on how cooperatives provide community services, the main inputs of the III Cooperative Summit of the Americas, the re-establishment of the social economy intergroup at the European Parliament, an analyse on migrant domestic workers in the Middle East and much more! Read more.
Today the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament has officially confirmed the re-establishment of the Social Economy Intergroup. This important decision has been taken thanks to the support of more than 80 MEPs from 6 different political groups. Read more.
To mark the month dedicated to the social and solidarity economy in France, the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Finance is hosting an exhibition, called “For people who like Mondays – work in a Scop”, from mid-November until 9 January 2015. Read more.
On the European Tourism Day, CECOP, the European confederation of cooperatives active in industry and services wishes to stress the socio-economic development power of more than 8,000 enterprises (18% of our network) active in tourism-related activities. What makes their contribution so special? Worker and social cooperatives belonging to the CECOP network, as participative and democratic enterprises rooted in the territory, have a strong community embeddedness and a proven capacity to contribute to local wealth and social cohesion through sustainable jobs and activities. Read more.
The ONCE Foundation (created by ONCE, the National Organization of Spanish blind people, in 1988) with the support of a group of companies, member organizations as well as the European Commission has launched the 2nd European Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Disability: Promoting social investment. Read more.
On Friday 23 January 2015 Cooperative Business Consultants, a cooperative consortium dedicated to helping democratic enterprises, will host Ways Forward III in Manchester (UK). The aim of this conference is, according to the organisers, to help rebuild and renew the British cooperative movement. Read more.
Public procurement represents 20% of the European Union GDP. To analyse the opportunities provided by the new directive to foster social inclusion, the European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE), Social Platform, the European Confederation of Cooperatives active in industry and services (CECOP), Eurodiaconia, and the European Network of Cities & Regions for the Social Economy (REVES) jointly hosted the side event ‘Social Economy Enterprises and public procurement: a win-win combination for social inclusion!‘ at the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion (EPAP) on November 20. Read more.
More than 600 people participated in the conference "Unlocking the potential of the social economy for EU growth", organised by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy within the framework of the Italian Presidency of the EU Council, in Rome on 17th and 18th November. The objective of the conference was to redefine a European agenda for the social economy. Read more.
Presented for the first time at the International Summit of Cooperatives on 7 October with the presence of ILO Deputy Director General Sandra Polaski, and available now in an electronic version, the study “Cooperatives and Employment: a global report” carried out by CICOPA, the International organization of industrial and service cooperatives, of which CECOP-CICOPA-Europe is the regional organization for Europe, discusses the significance of cooperative employment in the global landscape, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Read more.