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CECOP’s position on the EU 2020 mid-term review: last chance for a sustainable, smart and inclusive growth in Europe by 2020?

Four years after launching the EU 2020 strategy characterised by strong objectives and targets supposed to foster growth and jobs, the European Commission is doing a mid-term review and organising a public consultation for that purpose. Where do we stand right now? The amount of people facing poverty has increased, the employment rate seems to be a far cry from reaching the objective of having 75% of the population in work, the R&D investment target seems unlikely to be met by 2020 as well. Read more.


The interactive guide of the European route of cooperatives launched today

An approach based on passive touristic consumption and the unsustainable exploitation of many destinations has showed its limits and negative effects. As a consequence, a growing range of more responsible and sustainable experiences are being offered to tourists including, for instance, the promotion of local industrial and cultural heritage. Several cooperatives all around Europe are offering a sustainable and innovative tourism experience, while spreading their values and business model based on democracy and solidarity. To compile and spread all those realities, the new interactive guide of Cooproute, the European route of cooperative culture, has been launched today. Read more.


20 November: Social Economy Enterprises and public procurement: a win-win combination for social inclusion!

CECOP together with the Social Platform, ENSIE, Eurodiaconia and REVES are holding a side event at the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion (EPAP), entitled ‘Social Economy Enterprises and public procurement: a win-win combination for social inclusion!‘ on November 20 from 15:00 to 17:30, at The Egg, Brussels. Read more.


29 October: launching of the Cooproute online guide

The Emilia- Romagna Region is hosting on 29th October the worldwide launching of the new on-line guide of the European Route of Cooperative Culture in Bologna. This event will lead to a debate on the potential of the itinerary with a number of local stakeholders, concrete cooperative experiences being part of the route will participate. Read more.


Worker and Social cooperatives at the heart of the 2014 Cooperative Summit

From October 5 to 9, the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives held in Quebec City, Canada brought together 3,000 participants from 93 countries. Worker and social cooperatives were broadly represented both in institutional terms and with concrete examples from all around the globe. A gathering for worker cooperators was held on October 6th, and CICOPA’s Secretary General, Bruno Roelants, was a panelist at five sessions, including the presentation of a worldwide report and the final round table. Read more.


Cooperatives to transform society : a manifesto from the Young Leaders at the International Summit of Cooperatives

We, young cooperative leaders and members, believe in the cooperative principles and cooperative values. We believe that the co-operative movement must be at the centre of creating a more sustainable and equal economy. We believe that the co-operative movement must be at the center of creating a more sustainable and equal economy. This economy should be built around principles of democracy, social justice and solidarity. Read more.


Cooperatives contribute to resilient employment, a sustainable economy and the well-being of people at work

Cooperatives have been contributing to employment all over the world for decades. Presented for the first time at the International Summit of Cooperatives, the study “Cooperatives and Employment: a global report” carried out by CICOPA, the International organization of industrial and service cooperatives, discusses the significance of cooperative employment in the global landscape, both quantitatively and qualitatively. The results show how cooperatives contribute to resilient employment, a sustainable economy and the well-being of people at work, making up almost 12% of the entire employed population of the G20 countries. Cooperative enterprises generate partial or full-time employment involving at least 250 million individuals worldwide, either in or within the scope of cooperatives. Read more.


Heading towards a cooperative shockwave: the adoption of the law on the social and solidarity economy in France

The French law on the recognition and development of the social and solidarity economy, which has been in force since August 2014, introduces changes to the status and functioning of worker cooperatives, creates a regime for employment and activity cooperatives (CAE, acronym in French for coopérative d’activités et d’emploi) and relaxes the status of collective interest cooperatives flexible in France. Read more.

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