At every level, we witness that the EU has an increasing impact on the policies and regulations that condition the development of enterprises and their contribution to the development and social cohesion of Europe. Having a very clear understanding of the EU institutions, how they pass binding legislation and establish a policy agenda is therefore essential to our common action at the EU level.
The training series, which begins with this first handbook and continues with others focusing on specific EU policies, has been designed as a support material for training activities which CECOP has undertaken to impart in its network and area of expertise. More detailed material is provided in the course of the training sessions.
Obviously, the policy areas which this training series focuses on are linked to the specific nature of CECOP as the European confederation of cooperatives and other worker-owned enterprises that are active in the various industrial and service sectors. We will thus examine the various aspects of European enterprise policy, social policy and internal market policy. Yet, this material may also be useful to other cooperative organisations, as well as other organisations and citizens at large, who want to better understand how the EU institutions work and how they can improve their capacity to impact on them.
The handbooks are brief, sharp and clear, and include a list of references for further information and follow up. The purpose of this training initiative is not to purely impart theoretical knowledge, but to explain and clarify the framework in which a European enterprise representative organisation such as CECOP has to work.
This knowledge is essential to the CECOP network: indeed, as should become limpid during the course of this training, the endeavour should involve the network as a whole if it is to have the desired impact.
Handbook 2: The open method of coordination
CECOP training handbooks
CECOP Publications 2010 (available in English and French)
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