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3rd year running! Representatives of European cooperatives and social entreprises for people with disabilities

1 April 2014 [ English ] français ]

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.

Also present, were Mirko Curavic, Head of Unit at the European Commission’s DG Enterprise, and Jan Olsson from the European Economic and Social Committee. The Minister Ademov emphasised the importance of the fair for the development of employment for disabled workers in Bulgaria. The European Commission representative underlined "the importance of the social economy and social cooperatives" across the EU. CECOP Secretary General Bruno Roelants participated as a speaker at the conference which took place alongside the fair, underlining the importance of the experience of cooperatives for the development of social enterprises dealing with work integration for disadvantaged people.

Visitors from al; around Europe exchanged their experiences with their Bulgarian colleagues in the third European Fair of Social Enterprises and Cooperatives for People with Disabilities. The Minister and other officials visited the fair, including the stand of CECOP, of CECOP Italian member Federlavoro and Romanian member UCECOM, as well as those of 25 Bulgarian cooperatives employing disabled people and specialised in garment production.

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