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19 Apr 2012

CECOP position on European Commission’s Green Paper on Restructuring

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29 Mar 2012

First European Fair of Social Enterprises and Cooperatives of Persons with Disabilities

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29 Mar 2012

Laszlo Andor opened the first European Fair of Social Enterprises and Cooperatives for People with Disabilities

Position paper

Laszlo Andor, the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, opened the first European Fair of Social Enterprises and Cooperatives for People with Disabilities in Plovdiv, co-organised by CECOP - CICOPA...

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27 Mar 2012

Through their eyes: cooperators facing the crisis

Position paper

In times of crisis, not all business models work in the same way. Some enterprises face new challenges and base their hopes on strong values and principles. Participation, freedom and solidarity are the cornerstones that enable...

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26 Mar 2012

Laszlo Andor will participate in the European Fair of Social Enterprises and Cooperatives for People with Disabilities

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The Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Laszlo Andor will participate in the First European Fair of Social Enterprises & Cooperatives for People with Disabilities that will be celebrated in Plovdiv, B...

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23 Mar 2012

A Different Museum

Position paper

Imagine a museum whose most precious possession is not a painting by Van Gogh or an art installation by Ai Weiwei but a 100-year-old packed lunch wrapped in an old newspaper from 1886. Such a museum actually exists. It is the D...

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10 Feb 2012

First European Fair of Social Enterprises and Cooperatives of Persons with Disabilities

Position paper

From 29th March to 1st April, the National Union of Worker Producers' Co-operatives of Bulgaria (NUWPC) will organize the First European Fair of Social Enterprises and Cooperatives of persons with disabilities during the In...

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08 Feb 2012

Employment increases by 7.2% in cooperatives during the last quarter in Spain

Position paper

The latest figures from the cooperative movement demonstrate, once again, that worker cooperatives offer a future way out for enterprises in a time of crisis, such as the one which we are experiencing today.

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31 Jan 2012

World Standards of Social Cooperatives

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24 Jan 2012

The Debt Trap

Position paper

Capital and the Debt Trap opens up new ways of thinking in the view of the recent financial crisis which has had a devastating impact around the globe. Thousands of businesses have closed, millions of jobs have been cut and man...

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19 Jan 2012

CECOP will produce a documentary about the resilience of cooperatives to the crisis

Position paper

CECOP is working on a documentary on the resilience of the cooperatives and participative enterprises in industry and services to the crisis. The film will bring forward emblematic examples of restructuring measures by cooperat...

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14 Jan 2012

Anis Chowdhury (United Nations): “Cooperatives, a viable alternative to the dominant economic paradigm”

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Anis Chowdhury, Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), stated that the cooperative movement “has the potential to present itself as a viable alternative...

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12 Jan 2012

Launch of the International Year of Cooperatives at European Level

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12 Jan 2012

Launch of the International Year of Cooperatives at European Level

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CECOP-CICOPA Europe, together with the other European cooperative organisations, launched today the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives at EU level in the presence of Pervenche Berès, Chair of the Employmen...

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10 Jan 2012

Slovakia: when a natural disaster strikes

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After the earthquakes that hit Japan and Spain last year, CICOPA wants to give a little hope to the people who have suffered from natural disasters by sharing the story of Eurokov Orlov, a worker cooperative active in the const...

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16 Dec 2011

European Commissioner Laszlo Andor mentions the example of the Mondragon group

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On 8th December, the conference “The social economy in the European agenda” was organised by the Social Economy Intergroup of the European Parliament. The aim of the conference was to analyse legal frameworks and su...

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15 Dec 2011

CICOPA General Assembly in Cancun: creation of a CICOPA Americas Regional Organisation

Position paper

The International Cooperative Alliance General Assembly and conference were held in Cancun, Mexico from 14th to 18th November. During one week, this event attracted a record number of delegates from 78 countries, 2003 in total:...

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06 Dec 2011

Spain and Belgium present their legislation on social economy in the French Parliament

Position paper

Juan Antonio Pedreño, the President of the Spanish Confederation of Worker Cooperatives (COCETA), presented the Spanish law on social economy in the French Parliament last week in order to debate the approval of a simila...

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25 Nov 2011

Ceramics: the story of a recovery

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In Italy, about 90% of the ceramic industry’s national production is concentrated in the region of Emilia Romagna, particularly in the provinces of Reggio Emilia and Modena. These companies provide 632 million square mete...

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18 Nov 2011

Read a full chapter of the CECOP-CICOPA Europe publication “Cooperatives Territories and jobs” here

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“Cooperatives, Territories and Jobs: Twenty experiences of cooperatives active in industry and services across Europe” focuses on five different modalities by which cooperatives active in industry and services contr...

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