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Sign up for the conference on sustainable business transfers in Europe!

14 May 2013 [ English ] français ]

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.

The conference will focus on organizational conditions set by the cooperative federations and on the national and European public policy environment conducive to successful business transfers. It will also be an opportunity to discuss the issue of business transfers in general, with the European Commission, trade-unions, and other organisations concerned by it.

Business transfers to employees under the form of a cooperative have generally contributed to save existing jobs and to create favorable environment for new ones. The available data demonstrate that the survival rate of transferred enterprises to their employees is considerably high. It also allows to preserve skills from disappearing and to consolidate the local entrepreneurial fabric.

The case of the “Fonderie de l’Aisne” located in France, shown in the documentary “Together” produced by CECOP- CICOPA Europe, has been a successful workers buy-out, a re-establishment of an enterprise in crisis into the form of a worker cooperative. Since the buy-out in 2009, the cooperative has created 9 new jobs and now employs 35 workers.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore experiences saving enterprises, jobs and skills in Europe!

You can register through this link (http://bit.ly/10EmOp7) as the number of seats is limited, registration before 23rd May is compulsory.

The programme of the conference can be downloaded here: