In the last 4 months, 937 cooperators have relocated to 55 cooperatives of the group. The strong commitment of the Mondragon Corporation cooperatives to employment has matersalized, in spite of the economic situation. Only four months after filing for protection from creditors, Fagor Electrodomésticos has achieved a total of 937 relocations for worker-members (temporary and permanent). Most of the relocations were focused on the industrial and distribution sector, followed by the finance sector; 55 cooperatives have been involved in this process. Taking into account those relocations, 200 early retirements were agreed on Monday at the Lagun Aro General Assembly, and 136 people working as seconded Commission staff at the subsidiary company Geyser, it is estimated that from de 1,895 worker-members of Fagor Electrodomésticos, the group has already found a solution for 67% of cooperators, in 4 months. Read more.
In its 2014 Elections Memorandum the Social Economy Intergroup of the European Parliament calls on political parties and individual candidates for the European Parliament to ensure that in the upcoming legislature social economy and social enterprises in the European Union are ranked as high as they are valued. Although many supportive policy initiatives have been launched during the last legislature, the social economy is still lacking full legal recognition and full appreciation of its specificities and it is of utmost importance that these supportive initiatives will be further developed in the period 2014-2019. Today, Marc Tarabella MEP, co-Chair of the Social Economy Intergroup of the European Parliament presented the 2014 Election Memorandum at the public hearing of the Intergroup. Read more.
In March the city of Plovdiv, in Bulgaria, turns into the capital of cooperatives and social enterprises for people with disabilities. Cooperatives and social enterprises from several European countries and representatives from the European Union have met for the third year in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to participate in the European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship held last week. The Bulgarian Labour Minister, Mr Hasan Ademov, opened the 3 European fair of cooperatives and enterprises of the social economy, of which CECOP is a co-organiser together with its Bulgarian member the National Union of Worker Productive Cooperatives. Read more.
The Green Up Film Festival has preselected the documentary TOGETHER, produced by CECOP! We need your support to get as much votes as possible! Vote for the documentary TOGETHER before 15 April 2014. Spread the word and share this information ! Read more.
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.