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Membership: SMart.be and Crédit Coopératif have joined CECOP in 2017!

17 June 2017 [ English ] français ]

As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of CICOPA, the network keeps on growing with a total of 4 members joining in the first semester of 2017, two in Europe affiliated to CECOP. The representation of cooperatives in industry and services in the Asia-Pacific regions and in the Americas continues to grow as the organization incorporates new countries: Puerto Rico and India. CICOPA now affiliates 48 members in 32 countries, representing 68,000 enterprises which employ 4 million people. “We are very happy to welcome new realities to our organizations and we are looking forward to meeting the representative of such important movements at the next General Assembly of CICOPA to be held on 15 November in Kuala Lumpur”, says the president of CICOPA, Manuel Mariscal.

Two new members in Europe from France and Belgium

The French cooperative bank, Crédit Coopératif is, by vocation, the bank of the structures of the social and solidarity economy. Credit coopératif is the first cooperative bank in our network, bringing with it a particular added value, especially regarding the identification of financing forms specific to the cooperative model at the European level. SMart (Société Mutuelle pour artistes) is a Belgian cooperative grouping today 75,000 autonomous workers in Belgium and in 8 other European countries. It provides advice, production support, training, financing, crowdfunding, management, legal and financial tools, etc.

These new arrivals have received a particularly warm welcome from CECOP, the European confederation of cooperatives in industry and services, which affiliates 27 members in 15 European countries. “As it is specifically focused on cooperatives in our sector, Crédit Coopératif is remarkably important for CECOP members”, says the president of CECOP, Giuseppe Guerini. “SMart brings to our network a good example of how cooperatives can respond to the changes in the world of work”, concludes Guerini.

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