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21 Mar 2016

Italian cooperatives lead the way in helping workers strike a good work-life balance

Position paper

Italian cooperatives accord priority to the integration of women in the labour market. Not only are 61% of their employees women, 23.6% of them hold top level positions (26% including positions of responsibility in the manageme...

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21 Mar 2016

Labour Integration of refugees in Greece: a Cooperative Hostel to Spread Solidarity

Position paper

“Welcommon” stands for “Welcome in common”. This is the name that four well-established organisations, the social cooperative Wind of Renewal, the Greek Forum of Refugees, the Greek Forum of Migrants and...

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04 Mar 2016

Social cooperatives: the charter for the promotion of the sustainable inclusion of migrants in Italy

Position paper

The on-going conflicts in Africa and the Middle East have led to an increasing number of individuals leaving their home countries and seeking asylum in Europe and the European Union has found itself unprepared to deal with this...

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29 Feb 2016

Labour integration of refugees: the cooperative formula

Position paper

Since its creation, social cooperative Camelot in Bologna and Ferrara, Italy, has worked on programs for the labour integration of migrants, including asylum seeker and refugees. It provides services within the framework of the...

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29 Feb 2016

"Subiendo al Sur", the emblematic Spanish cooperative of immigrants that is striving to overcome the crisis

Position paper

If there is an emblematic cooperative of immigrants in Spain, it is the restaurant, store and catering service from Madrid, Subiendo al Sur, which is more than 25 years old and has constantly changed and adapted to circumstance...

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23 Feb 2016

Quality employment to be one of the main challenges to face, according to the ILO

Position paper

In 2016, the creation of quality employment is one of the main challenges “all countries and regions of the world are confronting”, according to the recently published International Labour Organisation (ILO) study &...

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05 Feb 2016

CECOP welcomes GUE/NGL commitment to place Social and Solidarity Economy at the heart of the new European project

More than 200 people participated in the European Forum on Social and Solidarity Economy, “Transforming the economic and cultural paradigms”, held on 28 January in the European Parliament. The Forum, which was organized by the Eur...

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27 Jan 2016

96 years of cooperative university teaching in Rumania

Position paper

The name chosen by the ARTIFEX university in Rumania, which represents a response to the real social need for training for professional and managerial staff, managers and specialists who are required to both manage and organise...

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27 Jan 2016

18/03 : CECOP Board

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26 Jan 2016

31/03 - 3/04 : 5th European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

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22 Jan 2016

Social cooperatives: a major actor for offenders’ rehabilitation

Position paper

Aiming at exchanging experiences in the implementation of alternative measures to incarceration, worker and social cooperatives and associations from the UK, Italy, Spain and France, together with CECOP and other organisations,...

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19 Jan 2016

23/06 : General Assembly of CECOP

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19 Jan 2016

5th European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship co-organised by CECOP in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Position paper

At the occasion of the 120 anniversary of the establishment of the first Bulgarian worker cooperative, the fifth European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship will be held from 31 March to 3 April 2016 in the city of Plovdiv, Bulga...

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28 Dec 2015

November/December issue of Work Together is out!

Position paper

The November/December issue of the magazine ‪Work Together‬ sharing the latest news on cooperatives active in industry and services worldwide is out! Specific articles are focused on European issues such as the latest informati...

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14 Dec 2015

Social agriculture: social cooperatives in Italy fostering territorial cohesion and development

Position paper

Social innovation in Italy is making a difference, even in agriculture. Multiple experiences of social agriculture have “sprouted" around the country. Those initiatives closely connect agriculture with the local welf...

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10 Dec 2015

The UK’s social care sector through the eyes of the cooperatives CASA and Leading Lives

Position paper

Cooperatives offering health and social care services, deeply rooted in the Italian territory, are now emerging in the UK. Democratically run and worker-owned enterprise, the cooperative CASA, created in 2004 in North east of E...

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09 Dec 2015

Between local stakes and universal emergency: cooperatives are committed to the ecological transition

Position paper

During the Cop 21, conference on climate held in Paris during which UN members must sign a new international agreement against global warming, worker cooperatives have been showcasing their good practices in sectors as diverse...

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09 Dec 2015

Juan Antonio Pedreño, representative of the Spanish worker cooperative federation, elected president of Social Economy Europe

Position paper

Juan Antonio Pedreño, President of the Spanish worker cooperative confederation (COCETA) and of CEPES, the Spanish business confederation of social economy, was unanimously elected President of Social Economy Europe for...

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08 Dec 2015

Council adopts conclusions on social economy: a historic commitment for the Member States

Position paper

On Monday 7th of December, the European ministers in charge of employment and social affairs met to discuss the development of the social economy in the framework of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Council (E...

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07 Dec 2015

In Italy, 4 out of 10 women are at the helm of social cooperatives

Position paper

The cooperative is among the types of company that has the highest number of women in senior positions in Italy: 23% versus 16% in other types of companies. The average of cooperatives managed by women has increased by 5% from...

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