On 28 February 2015 in Rome, at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the re-establishment of CECOP Italian member organization Confcooperative in 1945 after the fall of Fascism, 7000 Confcooperative members had an audience with Pope Francis. Confcooperative President Maurizio Gardini declared: “Our task is to go ahead and try to change the economy, improve people's lives, put the person at the centre, prove that the profit is not the only reason to do business and not even the predominant one, correct the competition in domestic and global markets through solidarity, make a strong contribution to renew the Italian welfare system on the basis of subsidiarity and mutuality. This is what we think should be the lesson of this crisis that has been dragging on for seven years. The goal is not to go back to the same levels as before, but rather to humanize the economy and cure the ills that have caused the crisis in the first place”. He pledged to Pope Bergoglio: “we will strive and do our best to bequeath to the youth and future generations the legacy of a better world”. Read more.
Today Cooproute, the European Route of Cooperative Culture, has been presented in Brussels, the capital of the continent where the cooperative movement was born in 1844, near Manchester. As a key sector of the European economy which easily connects European citizens, tourism represents a very effective sector to enhance the European heritage. “Meeting tourists, cooperatives can easily transmit their culture and values, which play a key role in building the European society. Supporting Cooproute is an opportunity we offer to enrich our citizens through the diversity which the cooperative culture represents”, Luca Dal Pozzo, president of CECOP, said. In the same sense, Silvia Draghi from the Tourism Policy Unit at the European Commission underlines that cooperative values have become European values”. Read more.
Cooperatives and social enterprises from several European countries and representatives from the European Union will met for the fourth time in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to participate in the European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. This event combining a fair, conferences and workshops is co-organised by CECOP and the National Union of Worker and Production Cooperatives of Bulgaria. Read more.
Tourism is one of the largest socioeconomic activities in Europe. Given its potential, it should develop its capacity to generate benefits for the whole society in fields such as employment, sustainable wealth generation, culture, environment etc. What’s the added value of cooperatives involved in tourist activities in terms of local development? How do they promote the European cultural and industrial heritage? Read more.
A report recently published by the Andalusian Federation of Worker Cooperatives (FAECTA) in Spain provide evidence that the green economy offers new business opportunities and job creation for worker cooperatives in this region, including sustainable tourism. The study reflects that the philosophy behind the green economy (equitable distribution of wealth, equity and economic justice; intergenerational equity; sustainable production and consumption; redefinition of welfare; gender equality, etc.) matches with the cooperative DNA, especially in rural areas. Read more.
The November-December issue of the E-magazine Work Together featuring news of cooperatives within Industry and Services worldwide is out! The brand new campaign "Social needs, cooperative answers" on how cooperatives provide community services, the main inputs of the III Cooperative Summit of the Americas, the re-establishment of the social economy intergroup at the European Parliament, an analyse on migrant domestic workers in the Middle East and much more! Read more.
Today the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament has officially confirmed the re-establishment of the Social Economy Intergroup. This important decision has been taken thanks to the support of more than 80 MEPs from 6 different political groups. Read more.
To mark the month dedicated to the social and solidarity economy in France, the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Finance is hosting an exhibition, called “For people who like Mondays – work in a Scop”, from mid-November until 9 January 2015. Read more.
On the European Tourism Day, CECOP, the European confederation of cooperatives active in industry and services wishes to stress the socio-economic development power of more than 8,000 enterprises (18% of our network) active in tourism-related activities. What makes their contribution so special? Worker and social cooperatives belonging to the CECOP network, as participative and democratic enterprises rooted in the territory, have a strong community embeddedness and a proven capacity to contribute to local wealth and social cohesion through sustainable jobs and activities. Read more.
The ONCE Foundation (created by ONCE, the National Organization of Spanish blind people, in 1988) with the support of a group of companies, member organizations as well as the European Commission has launched the 2nd European Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Disability: Promoting social investment. Read more.
On Friday 23 January 2015 Cooperative Business Consultants, a cooperative consortium dedicated to helping democratic enterprises, will host Ways Forward III in Manchester (UK). The aim of this conference is, according to the organisers, to help rebuild and renew the British cooperative movement. Read more.