An example of inter cooperation, the “Consorzio RicostruiaMO” (or “Rebuild Consortium”) has been officially created. Its aim is to contribute, along with the government, citizens, and technicians, to the reconstruction of the Modena area, which was hit by the earthquake in May 2012. Read more.
3 June 2013 | 2.30pm | EESC The European Commission has estimated that around 150,000 enterprises employing around 600,000 persons may be lost over the next few years, if no transfer plan or heir is found for them. Over the last years, several hundred enterprises, mostly SMEs, that were on the verge of being closed down, have been successfully transferred to their employees under the form of a cooperative. When European Commission is putting on the top of its agenda the issue of business transfers (see “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan”), CECOP – CICOPA Europe has decided to organise the conference “Sustainable business transfers in Europe, with specific focus on business transfers to employees” on 3rd June, at the European Economic and Social Committee in order to analyse the environment and policy measures necessary for successful and sustainable business transfers to employees. Read more.
The European Commission has recently published the volume 4 of the Social Europe guide dedicated to “Social Economy and Social Entrepreneurship”. The study underlines the role of those enterprises representing an important source of inspiration and energy to overcome the current crises. CECOP has been invited to address a message in the name of worker and social cooperatives. Several stories of cooperatives in industry and services from CECOP network have been mentioned: the French worker cooperative Ceralep; the Italian Consortium of social cooperatives “In Concerto”; the Bulgarian worker cooperative “Chernomorka”, and the Mondragon cooperative Group in Spain. Read more.
The Secretary General of CECOP, Bruno Roelants, together with Giuseppe Guerrini, President of the Italian organisation of social cooperatives Federsolidarietà, have presented a document on the role of social cooperatives in delivering Services of General Interest (SGI) in Europe, to the European Commission. In the document named “The delivery of Services of General Interest in Europe and the role of social enterprises: a cooperative perspective”, the authors underline why and how the social cooperatives are nowadays so important in the delivery of Services of General Interest (SGI). Read more.
At the beginning of July, on the eve of the International Day of Cooperatives, the European Parliament will discuss in plenary session the report “Contribution of cooperatives to overcoming the crisis” which stresses the importance of cooperatives in the EU in economic, social and employment terms, with a particular attention to cooperatives active in industry and services. It is now in the height of the debate phase. Read more.
Dirk Lehnhoff has been elected President of Cooperatives Europe, the European intersectoral cooperative organisation of which CECOP is a sectoral organisation, in the framework of the 2013 General Assembly in Istanbul. The Board of Cooperatives Europe now includes two members from the Industry and Service cooperative sector: Jacques Landriot, Vice President of the French Confederation of Worker Cooperatives (CG Scop) and Juan Antonio Pedreño, President of the Spanish Confederation of Worker Cooperatives (COCETA). Read more.
Although more than six million people are unemployed in Spain, cooperatives have managed to not only maintain, but also increase the number of jobs by 7.2 percent in the third quarter of 2012. The Spanish Minister for Employment, Fátima Báñez has underlined that, during the crisis, cooperatives have shown a higher capacity to create and maintain jobs, especially among young people. Read more.
The idea of creating a new global visual image for the cooperative movement was launched in the “Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade” approved, last October in Manchester, by the General Assembly of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) following the strong acceptance of the logo created for the International Year of Cooperatives. Read more.