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Rossano Rimelli elected as president of CECOP-CICOPA Europe

16 November 2010 [ English ] français ]

Rossano Rimelli was elected as president of CECOP-CICOPA Europe at its extraordinary general assembly which was held on 4th November in Brussels. With this election, he becomes also vice-president of CICOPA for Europe. Industrial expert, graduated in economy and business, Rossano Rimelli has been active in the cooperative movement in Italy for more than 25 years.

Since 2007, he has been General Director of ANCPL, the sectoral organisation of Legacoop for industrial cooperatives. He succeeds to Felice Scalvini who has recently been elected co-president of Cooperatives Europe. Felice Scalvini had been president of CECOP for the last 14 years, a period that saw historical changes in Europe, and that was marked by a profound transformation of the institutional architecture of the international cooperative movement, to which he himself contributed.

At his election, Rossano Rimelli declared: "Being president of CECOP means having the important duty to represent the whole organisation. But the activity of the organisation itself requires the involvement of most members. I am also convinced of the fact that, beyond the cooperative sector in which one evolves, what we do must be seen as an entrepreneurial activity. In Italy, Spain, France and many other countries in Europe, cooperatives have a great competitive capacity, at both national and international levels, and facts show that cooperation can be done in many different ways. In this time of crisis, cooperatives can make a difference in front of other more lucrative forms of enterprises”.