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21 Aug 2017

Social farming in Italy: how the social cooperative, Un fiore per la vita, is showing the way forward

News

In Italy, social farming is an important and growing instrument of territorial cohesion and development, linking agriculture to local welfare. In the region of Campania alone, social cooperation employs 12,460 people and has mo...

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31 Jul 2017

It is still possible to register for the Social Cooperatives International School! #SCIS2017

Event

To be held from 19 to 22 October 2017 in Naples (Italy), the #SCIS2017 foresees four thematic sessions and one seminar. During the sessions, the presentation of best practices will focus on the analysis of the role of cooperati...

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30 Jun 2017

1st July: Cooperatives ensure that vulnerable and precarious workers are not left behind

News

Tomorrow 1 July, cooperators around the globe celebrate the International Day of Cooperatives and use this opportunity to firmly reiterate why cooperatives ensure that no one is left behind, under the common theme of Inclusion....

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21 Jun 2017

Customizando, facilitating the social integration of women into the world of work through creative design and artisan garments

News

The textiles sector is one of the most globalized industries and the relocation of its production to developing countries has been accompanied, far too often, by a lack of respect for labour and even human rights. The cooperati...

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17 Jun 2017

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

News

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...

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11 May 2017

Time to bring a halt to austerity programmes: investment is required to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights

Position paper

CECOP welcomes the European Commission Social Pillar package, which represents a firm commitment for a more social, inclusive and fairer Union: it was high time! Since they are the expression of workers, citizens; and community...

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03 May 2017

Moving forward to a destinations-centred COOPROUTE

Project

Several cooperatives across Europe are offering a sustainable and innovative tourism experience. In 2014, CECOP, together with other cooperative organisations, local authorities and entities from all around Europe, launched the...

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01 May 2017

International Workers' Day: Cooperatives’ ability to provide sustainable employment should inspire the future of work

News

The world of work is undergoing enormous transformations: the quality and organisation of work, the crisis of social and economic systems and the so-called 4th industrial revolution are all turning the world upside down. As ent...

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12 Apr 2017

Great success of the Sixth European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

News

Cooperatives and other social economy enterprises met for the sixth time in 2017 for the European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). More than 100 exhibitors from a total of 16 countries including Belgium,...

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07 Apr 2017

Social tourism on the Italian Ionian coast

News

The Fratello sole (Brother Sun) social cooperative was created at the end of the 1970s following the introduction of the Basaglia reform which radically changed care services provided to people suffering from mental health issu...

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04 Apr 2017

26/4 > Cooperatives and the Future of Work workshop in Malta

Event

The Future of Work initiative under the International Labour Organization (ILO) Centenary is a key issue for cooperatives which by representing about 9% of the world employed population, according to our recent estimates, are...

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24 Mar 2017

A future of Europe that cares for the real economy, sustainable development and social justice

Press release

As the European Union is celebrating 60 years, cooperatives in industry and services wish to call on the need for a new Europe that again cares for the real economy, sustainable development and social justice. Over the years co...

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22 Mar 2017

Offering sail trips as a way to improve life skills, knowledge and attitudes

News

For these cooperators navigating is more than a transportation system. Based in Chichester and stablished on 2009, the Sail Boat Project is a worker cooperative providing a range of learning activities based around sailing. Aim...

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21 Mar 2017

A former ochre factory to gather the region around color

News

Ôkhra is located in a former ochre factory built in 1921 in the area of Roussillon, a small town of 1300 inhabitants in the south of France’s Natural Parc of Luberon. When the early business stopped in 1963, the ass...

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16 Mar 2017

Giuseppe Guerini, President of CECOP: “Cooperatives are a real driver of change and one of the few systems that, in today’s world, can provide opportunities for growth and the empowerment of

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03 Mar 2017

Growth in employment in Spanish cooperatives: 13,249 new positions in 2016

News

2016 was a strong year for setting up worker cooperatives in Spain. According to the latest figures released by Spain’s Ministry of Employment, at the end of the third quarter of 2016 there had been a 7.3% increase in the...

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08 Feb 2017

30/03 – 2/04: European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) co-organised by CECOP

Position paper

Cooperatives and other social economy enterprises will meet for the sixth time in 2017 for the European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). It is co-organized by CECOP together with its member in Bulgaria th...

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26 Jan 2017

European Parliament calls for the promotion of cooperatives

Press release

CECOP welcomes the European Parliament Resolution of 19 January 2017 on a European Pillar of Social Rights, led by MEP Maria Joao Rodrigues (S&D), which recognizes that cooperatives are an integral part of the social econom...

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18 Jan 2017

The role played by cooperatives in building social justice whilst generating wealth and distributing it equitably should be fully recognized

Press release

The EU social model has been deteriorating gradually since the beginning of the crisis, with increasing levels of inequality, unemployment and a partial return to the informal economy. Young people, migrant workers and women ha...

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18 Jan 2017

CECOP calls for the recognition of cooperatives and other social economy enterprises as the European Parliament elects Antonio Tajani as its new President

Press release

The President of CECOP, Giuseppe Guerini, has welcomed the newly elected President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani: “Cooperatives in industry and services strongly believe that European institutions must recogn...

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