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.
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.
The conference "Unlocking the potential of the social economy for EU growth" is organised by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the EU Council and will be held in Rome, 17th and 18thNovember. Read more.
The new European Commission has started its 5 year term this week. CECOP, the European Confederation of Cooperatives active in industry and services, welcomes the new Commission of the elected President Jean-Claude Juncker and encourages it to reverse the curve of unemployment, increasing poverty and inequality in Europe. Read more.
Four years after launching the EU 2020 strategy characterised by strong objectives and targets supposed to foster growth and jobs, the European Commission is doing a mid-term review and organising a public consultation for that purpose. Where do we stand right now? The amount of people facing poverty has increased, the employment rate seems to be a far cry from reaching the objective of having 75% of the population in work, the R&D investment target seems unlikely to be met by 2020 as well. Read more.
An approach based on passive touristic consumption and the unsustainable exploitation of many destinations has showed its limits and negative effects. As a consequence, a growing range of more responsible and sustainable experiences are being offered to tourists including, for instance, the promotion of local industrial and cultural heritage. Several cooperatives all around Europe are offering a sustainable and innovative tourism experience, while spreading their values and business model based on democracy and solidarity. To compile and spread all those realities, the new interactive guide of Cooproute, the European route of cooperative culture, has been launched today. Read more.
CECOP together with the Social Platform, ENSIE, Eurodiaconia and REVES are holding a side event at the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion (EPAP), entitled ‘Social Economy Enterprises and public procurement: a win-win combination for social inclusion!‘ on November 20 from 15:00 to 17:30, at The Egg, Brussels. Read more.
The Emilia- Romagna Region is hosting on 29th October the worldwide launching of the new on-line guide of the European Route of Cooperative Culture in Bologna. This event will lead to a debate on the potential of the itinerary with a number of local stakeholders, concrete cooperative experiences being part of the route will participate. Read more.