Are you a cooperative contributing to preserve and value the local industrial, cultural and natural heritage? Are you interested in developing the tourism potential of your cooperative and learn from other European experiences? Keep on reading… Read more.
Italy's Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi, announced the line-up of his cabinet on 21 February. Giuliano Poletti, former head of the cooperative association Legacoop, has been appointed as minister of Labour and Welfare. Read more.
Worker cooperatives in Spain have grown by 32% in the third quarter of 2013, compared to the same period last year, according to data recently released by the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security. Again, this demonstrates how this business model grows and its resilience in spite of the economic situation. Read more.
The two day event “Social Entrepreneurs have your say” organized by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has been held in Strasbourg (France) on 16 and 17 January. European policy makers, as well as representatives from Member States have agreed on the crucial role of cooperatives in the current situation. The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, declared that there has been no other sector “as resilient as cooperatives during the crisis in Europe”. Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship said in front of more than 2,000 participants, that “social cooperatives, by nature, are an innovative model. They ‘self-innovate’ all the time". Read more.
On January 15th, the European Parliament adopted new rules on public procurement. The new legislation, based on a European Commission proposal published two years ago, and agreed with Council in June 2013, is supposed to ensure better quality and value for money when public authorities buy or lease works, goods or services. The legislation also sets for the first time common EU standards on concession contracts. Read more.
A total of 417 members of Fagor Electrodomésticos are already working in other cooperatives of the Mondragon Corporation. The strong commitment of the Corporation to employment is materialized thus, just two months after the declaration from Fagor, filing for protection from creditors, 417 worker-members have already been achieved relocated. Read more.
Max Delespesse was one of the rare consciences of our time. He was the initiator of countless philosophical researches projects. He was mostly the pillar of the "new social economy" and of the creation of CECOP. Read more.
In a context where the French Government wishes to encourage the reconciliation of school and work and promote the social and solidarity economy in education, French worker cooperatives are promoting the cooperative model for young people. On the occasion of the Social and Solidarity Economy in November, the General Confederation of French Worker Cooperatives (CG Scop) launched the first animated video on cooperatives and participatory enterprises. Read more.