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CECOP shares its expertise in the conference “Building a Mediterranean Cooperative System” held in Greece

16 April 2013 [ English ] français ]

The European Confederation of Cooperatives in Industry and services (CECOP) participated in the conference “Building a Mediterranean Cooperative System” held on 10 April in Greece. Elisa Terrasi, in charge of development issues, shared the experience of CECOP members giving some examples of European countries like Italy and Spain where, despite the crisis, worker and social cooperatives are displaying more resilience than other types of enterprises. She also stressed on the importance of a favorable regulatory framework for the development of such cooperatives, in the full respect of their specific identity and way of functioning.

Representatives from the European Commission, the French region of Rhône-Alpes and the Greek region of Epirus also took part in the event. The conference presented the main results of the European project “ICS PYMES and cooperative economics for local development” in which cooperative organisations from Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Greece participated. The project is seeking to establish a common transnational strategy, which promotes consortia, the internationalisation and innovation of cooperative enterprises and enterprises belonging to their workers in the Mediterranean region.

Over 150 cooperatives were involved in the project and a new European association of cooperatives has been created called Medcoop. It will mainly be a laboratory of projects and work tools capable of anticipating and helping these enterprises in the active management of change.

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