Next stop: Asia. The documentary Together follows its travel around the world! The film about the resilience of cooperatives in Industries and Services in Europe is now available in Japanese and Korean. It has already been screened in Japan in front of enthusiastic cooperators and some scenes have been also transmitted through the National TV Channel NHK. Read more.
Last year in Europe, more than 150 enterprises that were on the verge of being closed down, because no transfer plan or heir was found, have been successfully transferred to their employees under the form of a cooperative saving jobs and skills at the same time. CECOP – CICOPA Europe, the European Confederation of Cooperatives in Industry and Services has analyzed this model with a wide range of actors concerned by business transfers in the framework of the conference “Sustainable business transfers in Europe, with a specific focus on business transfers to employees” held at the European and Social Committee in Brussels. Read more.
The French Confederation of Worker Cooperatives (CG Scop), has published its key figures for 2012 revealing, among other issues, an increase in employment of 4%. In 2012, a total of 248 new cooperatives has emerged, increasing its net number of nearly 120 companies to a total of 2.165 cooperatives who employ 43.860 people. Although these figures may seem modest in absolute terms, they nonetheless reflect an attraction to this model, which based on democratic governance and equitable distribution of results, provide greater sustainability. Read more.
Representatives from worker cooperative federations and dedicated support structures in Brazil, Argentina, Italy and Canada shared their expertise with several Greek stakeholders. The group participated in the premiere of the Greek version of the documentary Together (Mazi) and also met civil servants from the Ministry of Labour who wanted to better understand the experience of worker and social cooperatives in other countries, and in particular, business transfers to employees under the cooperative form. Read more.
An example of inter cooperation, the “Consorzio RicostruiaMO” (or “Rebuild Consortium”) has been officially created. Its aim is to contribute, along with the government, citizens, and technicians, to the reconstruction of the Modena area, which was hit by the earthquake in May 2012. Read more.
3 June 2013 | 2.30pm | EESC The European Commission has estimated that around 150,000 enterprises employing around 600,000 persons may be lost over the next few years, if no transfer plan or heir is found for them. Over the last years, several hundred enterprises, mostly SMEs, that were on the verge of being closed down, have been successfully transferred to their employees under the form of a cooperative. When European Commission is putting on the top of its agenda the issue of business transfers (see “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan”), CECOP – CICOPA Europe has decided to organise the conference “Sustainable business transfers in Europe, with specific focus on business transfers to employees” on 3rd June, at the European Economic and Social Committee in order to analyse the environment and policy measures necessary for successful and sustainable business transfers to employees. Read more.
The European Commission has recently published the volume 4 of the Social Europe guide dedicated to “Social Economy and Social Entrepreneurship”. The study underlines the role of those enterprises representing an important source of inspiration and energy to overcome the current crises. CECOP has been invited to address a message in the name of worker and social cooperatives. Several stories of cooperatives in industry and services from CECOP network have been mentioned: the French worker cooperative Ceralep; the Italian Consortium of social cooperatives “In Concerto”; the Bulgarian worker cooperative “Chernomorka”, and the Mondragon cooperative Group in Spain. Read more.
The Secretary General of CECOP, Bruno Roelants, together with Giuseppe Guerrini, President of the Italian organisation of social cooperatives Federsolidarietà, have presented a document on the role of social cooperatives in delivering Services of General Interest (SGI) in Europe, to the European Commission. In the document named “The delivery of Services of General Interest in Europe and the role of social enterprises: a cooperative perspective”, the authors underline why and how the social cooperatives are nowadays so important in the delivery of Services of General Interest (SGI). Read more.