The Commissioner also mentioned the success of the MONDRAGON Cooperative Group and the European Fair of Social Enterprises and Cooperatives of Persons with Disabilities for which he gave an opening speech in March in Bulgaria.

He says that cooperatives have "advantages that can be seen more clearly during long economic and financial crises".

He emphasizes the established history of the cooperative movement in Central and Eastern Europe and expresses the hope that "misunderstandings and prejudices are disappearing, and that the concept and practice of the co-operative movement, based on voluntary and democratic decision-making, can be restarted".

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