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Upcoming events


26/09: Delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights: The role of the European Semester and the new MFF

WHEN: Wednesday 26th September 2018 15:00-17:00
WHERE: European Parliament, room A3G-3

CECOP-CICOPA Europe invites you to the first conference organised by the group "Stand Up for the Social Pillar", that brings together social economy enterprises and organisations including cooperatives active in industry and services, trade unions, pro-European organisations and social NGOs, and has as its mission to:
• ensure that the European Pillar of Social Rights delivers results that improve people’s lives and builds support for a more social, inclusive and fairer European Union, characterised by less socio-economic inequalities;
• encourage implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights by the EU Institutions, national Governments and other organisations;
• promote social investments, social rights, social economy, the adoption of legislation and democratic dialogue with policy makers as means of implementing the Pillar;
• spread knowledge about the European Pillar of Social Rights and its 20 principles at national and local level.

Registration Required: please register by September the 22nd clicking here!


Wednesday 26th September 2018
15:00-17:00 at the European Parliament, room A3G-3

Hosted by Elena Gentile MEP (S&D, IT) and Brando Benifei MEP (S&D, IT)

15:00-15:15 Welcome and opening remarks

  • Elena Gentile, Member of the European Parliament (S&D, IT), Co-President of the Social Economy Intergroup
  • Brando Benifei, Member of the European Parliament (S&D, IT)
  • Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General of the European Movement International, on behalf of the alliance Stand up for the Social Pillar

15:15-16:00 Roundtable on Stakeholder involvement for socio-economic convergence through the EU semester

Presented and moderated by Kélig Puyet, Director of Social Platform

  • Enrique Calvet Chambon, MEP (ALDE, ES)
  • Luca Visentini, Secretary General of ETUC
  • Giuseppe Guerini, President of CECOP-CICOPA Europe
  • María Antonia Pérez León, Director General for Self-Employment, Social Economy and CSR of the Government of Spain
  • Stefan Olsson, Director for Employment (DG EMPL)
  • Maria-Joao Rodrigues, MEP (S&D, PT)

16:00-16:50 Roundtable on The new MFF as a tool to boost social investment

Presented and moderated by Diana Dovgan, Secretary General of CECOP-CICOPA Europe

  • Juan Antonio Pedreño, President of Social Economy Europe
  • Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary of ETUC
  • Masha Smirnova, Policy & advocacy adviser at Social Platform
  • Verónica Lope-Fontagné, MEP (EPP, ES)
  • Anna Krzyzanowska, Head of Unit Coordination with the EIB Group, EBRD and IFI’s, European Commission (DG ECFIN)

16:50 – 17:00 Conclusion remarks by Marco Cilento, representative of the Stand up for the Social Pillar Alliance


20/11: What Future for Youth at Risk of Exclusion?

20/11: What Future for Youth at Risk of Exclusion?

20 NOV 2018, Brussels: How worker and social cooperatives contribute to social inclusion of young people


What Future for Youth at Risk of Exclusion? How worker and social cooperatives contribute to social inclusion of young people


Young people face the risk of poverty and social exclusion in Europe much more than other groups. Having a job today is no longer a guarantee for an independent and decent living. New challenges such as delayed transition from education to work, expansion of non-standard work, migration, and reduction in public spending are amplifying risks and creating new forms of insecurity and exclusion. An increasing amount of young people are losing faith in democracy and becoming attracted to populist ideologies. Equal opportunities have become nowadays a rhetorical exercise rather than a reality for the most vulnerable ones, especially those categories facing multiple discriminations (based on age, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic status, etc).


The conference organized by CECOP–CICOPA Europe will look at how worker and social cooperatives combat the exclusion of young people across Europe. How do they increase young people’s social and financial autonomy, give them control over their future and a voice in society and allow them to find their place in their community?

The floor will also be given to the EU institutions and European stakeholders in order to discuss how the EU social model can adapt to a changing social and economic context and what gaps need to be addressed in order to guarantee young people’s full participation in society.


Please register before 5 November. Number of participants is limited!


20 NOVEMBER | La Tricoterie | Rue Théodore Verhaegen 158 | BRUSSELS 1060


09:30 | Registration

10:00 | Introduction by Diana Dovgan, Secretary General of CECOP

10:15 | Social situation and challenges youth is facing across EU by Stephanie Beecroft, Policy and Advocacy Team Leader, European Youth Forum

10:30 | Session 1: Social inclusion through employment

Testimonies from cooperatives:
• Tess Lundgren and Peter Brännström - Cooperative Urkraft (Sweden)
• Julie Luna Bayer - Cooperative Hustomrerne (Denmark)
• Sacha Conchin - Cooperative Molenbike (Belgium)

Round table with:
• Elodie Fazi, Team Leader on Youth Employment, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
• Amana Ferro, Senior Policy Officer, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)

12:00 | Networking Lunch

13:00 | Session 2: Social inclusion through basic services

Testimonies from cooperatives:
• Erika Vannini - Social cooperative Camelot (Italy)
• Federica Tedesco - Social cooperative Zattera Blu (Italy)
• Sara Fernandez - Cooperative Ateyavana (Spain)

Round table with:
• Raquel Cortes Herrera, Deputy Head of Unit on Disability and Inclusion in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
• Nikita Sanaullah, Policy Officer on Social Inclusion, European Youth Forum

14:30 | The point of view of the European Parliament by Brando Benifei, Member of the European Parliament (Italy, S&D)

14:50 | Conclusions by Giuseppe Guerini, President of CECOP

This conference has received financial support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation "EaSI" (2014-2020). For further information please consult: http://ec.europa.eu/social/easi


01 - 03/06: 10th Anniversary of the YO!Fest

2018 marks the anniversary of the tenth edition of Yo!Fest and the third time it joins forces with the European Parliament to create the European Youth Event (EYE). Organised by the European Youth Forum, since its first edition, Yo!Fest takes over symbolic venues of the EU institutions to bring young people and their concerns directly to politicians.

2018 marks the anniversary of the tenth edition of Yo!Fest and the third time it joins forces with the European Parliament to create the European Youth Event (EYE). Organised by the European Youth Forum, since its first edition, Yo!Fest takes over symbolic venues of the EU institutions to bring young people and their concerns directly to politicians.

The magazine YO!Mag has been discussing the issues that matter to young people since 1980. Yo!Fest was the natural evolution of 37 years of young people expressing their views.

Yo!Fest acts to support the mobilisation of young people to influence change. Every year, it provides a platform through which individuals, self-organising movement, grass-roots organisations and established networks can shape ideas in a creative, fun and vibrant space.

Yo!Fest focuses on the issue and then look for a solution. They bridges the gap between decision makers, influencers and young people to bring about lasting change.

This year, CECOP - CICOPA Europe and the WE OWN IT Campaign will be in Strasbourg to attend meetings and support the initiative.

When & Where:
1st to 3rd June 2018 in Strasbourg

More info can be found on their website, Facebook page or Twitter account. (c/o Europen Youth Forum)


12/06: EIforPHS Main Event

Registrations are open to the EIforPHS Main Event in June in Brussels, where the project and its results over the past two years will be presented.


The EI FOR PHS (Employee Involvement in Personal Care and Household Services) project is expected to foster AWARENESS of employers and workers on workers’ rights to Information, Consultation and Participation (ICP) in the Personal Care and Household Services (PHS) sector at national and European level and to boost BUSINESS MODELS AND GOVERNANCE that ensure the effective involvement of employees in the management of PHS enterprises. The project seeks to serve as a tool to policy makers, trade unions, workers and employers in their efforts to create full, decent and quality employment in PHS sector through the enhancement of workers’ ICP rights.

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European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Room JDE-63, Rue Belliard 99-101, 1000 Brussels


June 12th, 2018 - From 9am to 1pm


8.45 Arrival and registration of participants
Welcome Coffee

9.15 Official Opening - Diego Dutto EESC - Legacoopsociali

9.30 EI for PHS - LP Legacoopsociali
• Overall presentation of EIforPHS Project, Elena Canciani – Project Manager
• Strategic approach to the theme of employee involvement in Personal and Household Services sector, Michela Vogrig - Legacoopsociali
9.45 Main findings from the survey - Enrico Libera, Scuola Nazionale Servizi

10.00–11.00 Best practices from Italy, Spain, France. Representatives from Legacoop Sociali, Confesal, Coceta - Chair: Diana Dovgan, CECOP
Coffee break

11:15 Panel “Social Services, Social Dialogue, Social Economy”: Thomas Bignal FESE – Federation of European Social Employers, Aurelie Decker – EFSI, representative from CES/ETUC European Trade Union Confederation - Chair: Gianluca Pastorelli, DIESIS

11:30 “Social Economy in South East Europe”
Social Economy Slovenia and Representatives from Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia - Chair: Nena Dokuzov, Social Economy Slovenia

12:45–13:00 Closing Speech - Eleonora Vanni, President of Legacoop Sociali
End of the Workshop

Simultaneous interpretation for English, Italian, and Spanish will be provided

Register here!


25 - 28/10: Social Cooperatives International School 2018, Naples

SAVE-THE-DATE 25/28 OCT 2018: CICOPA’s member Federsolidarietà – Confcooperative, the biggest federation of social cooperatives in Italy, is pleased to announce the launch of the fourth global edition of Social Cooperatives International School. The SCIS, with a high entrepreneurial profile and a international spirit, is open to social cooperators and social entrepreneurs from all over the world and specifically addressed to cooperatives’ managers.


Hosting 35 cooperators from 9 different countries (Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Sri Lanka) with a focus on communication, social farming and management, the 2017 edition confirmed the SCIS as a unique place of dialogue and mutual learning. Cooperators from UK, Italy and Spain shared their experience and eminent speakers from European and International Institutions debated around the topic of technological changes and how to support the development of social cooperatives worldwide. In particular, the School could count on the participation of Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit for Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship within DG GROW (European Commission) and Simel Esim, Head of the Cooperatives Unit at the International Labor Organization.


Previous editions:
The 2017 edition in Naples
The 2016 edition in Naples
Video of the 2015 edition in Milan


EARLY BIRDS, registration before 30th August:*

250€ (VAT included) in double room
400€ (VAT included) in single room
More information and registration at pellirossi.v@confcooperative.it

*Deadline for registration is 15th September. The full registration fee is: 300€ (VAT included) in double room; 450€ (VAT included) in single room. Early birds rates are extended to 15th September for former SCIS participants.
*Registration fees cover accommodation and participation costs (material, coffee breaks, lunches and the visit to local best practices).


26 April 2018: CECOP General Assembly

CALL TO OUR MEMBERS: CECOP 2018 General Assembly will take place in Brussels the 26 April. It is a very important moment, which comes at a time of major changes, both for our organisation and more generally for the international cooperative movement. You are kindly requested to register by email or provide a proxy if unable to attend.

WHEN: Thursday 26 April 2018, from 10 am to 5 pm
WHERE: EESC - Building Jacques Delors, rue Beillard 99-101, 1040 Brussels
Room JDE 63

REGISTRATION, PROGRAM AND PROXY: Write to Francesca at francesca.zaganelli@cecop.coop


16-17/04: High-level international conference in Sofia: “SOCIAL ECONOMY – FOR ECONOMICALLY SUSTAINABLE AND SOCIALLY INCLUSIVE EU”

16-17/04: High-level international conference in Sofia: “SOCIA

Our President Giuseppe Guerini will attend the panel on the "Pillars of Social Rights and Social Economy" on 16 April in Sofia, at 11:30

In recent years, the social economy has evolved, and it now marks a development with the potential to actively change socio-economic relations and create the preconditions for their better consolidation. The social economy is a key element of the European social model and has its core principles - solidarity, social justice, social cohesion, equal access to employment. It is based on a socio-economic paradigm that places people and their needs first and foremost.

In one of the important strategy papers “Europe 2020”, inclusive growth is based on social cohesion and welfare by reducing inequalities and polarization. It is here that the social economy has an essential role because it is able to make social cohesion a factor of competitiveness. Today, the social economy is an integral part of the debate on making important political decisions at European level - the debate on the future of Europe1, the debate on future European investments in people, and the debate on the social dimension of Europe in the spirit of the Gothenburg European pillar of social rights.

Today, more than ever, United Europe needs levers for change, opportunities to empower citizens to create strong societies. The social economy can respond to these challenges. It is able to contribute actively to the wealth and balance of society, to bring an entrepreneurial element that leads to lasting and stable growth - economic and social.


The object of the conference is to encourage the exchange of views on the challenges and opportunities for the future of the social economy in the context of the digital revolution and inclusive growth. The discussions will focus on improving the understanding of the role of the social economy in addressing some of the major challenges that Europe is facing, e.g. creating sustainable and decent jobs, improving social justice for all and reducing inequalities. In order to achieve these goals, European Union and candidate countries politicians, representatives of international organizations, social partners and civil society organizations will gather to discuss how the social economy can better respond to and contribute to the needs of inclusive economic growth.

Challenges and political choices

A number of challenges of contemporary development are related to the aging population in Europe, the creation of sustainable and competitive jobs in the context of new technologies, decent and fair labor in the context of globalization. The changing demands of the labor market challenge the adaptability, knowledge and skills of workers, and the opportunity to reconcile work and private life. At the same time, investing in early childhood development, integrating vulnerable groups into the labor market, social inclusion of people with disabilities, and creating better educational opportunities for young people must be based on responsible public funding.

These challenges put pressure on public policies, on the functioning and financial stability of social systems, on education and health, on employment patterns, social services, pay and incomes. These developments are both challenges because they create new needs that need to be met, and also a source of new jobs and the opportunity to create new public arrangements on the basis of reciprocity and hybrid forms of the relationship between the state and the market.

Today, almost a third of the population aged over 65 lives alone, and up to two-thirds of people over the age of 75 are dependent on informal care provided primarily by the family. One in six of the elderly lives in poverty, with older women especially at risk of receiving low pensions as a result of incomplete careers. By the end of 2016, the youth unemployment rate is 18% in the EU and 20% in the Euro area.

Challenges in the economy and the social sphere affect the standard of living and well-being of Europeans. For a sustainable unified market there must be good economic results combined with good social living conditions. One of the driving forces behind this is the social economy. But to fulfill its role and its purpose, it must be developed and encouraged. It can only prosper and realize its full potential if it has the opportunity to take advantage of adequate political, legislative and operational instruments and conditions for support. This requires the social economy to be a part of the relevant policies and programs at all levels - European, national and local. One of the challenges of promoting the social economy lies in recognizing and acknowledging its importance, not only in terms of strengthening social cohesion and limiting territorial imbalances, but also in developing economic competitiveness. In this sense, social enterprises contribute and are part of the economic development strategies of many European regions, which is also in line with the guidelines of the European Commission in the field of social economy and the development of entrepreneurial activities.

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