The conference will focus on organizational conditions set by the cooperative federations and on the national and European public policy environment conducive to successful business transfers.

It will also be an opportunity to discuss the issue of business transfers in general, with the European Commission, trade-unions, and other organisations concerned by it. Business transfers to employees under the form of a cooperative have generally contributed to save existing jobs and to create favorable environment for new ones.

The available data demonstrate that the survival rate of transferred enterprises to their employees is considerably high. It also allows to preserve skills from disappearing and to consolidate the local entrepreneurial fabric.

The case of the “Fonderie de l’Aisne” located in France, shown in the documentary “Together” produced by CECOP- CICOPA Europe, has been a successful workers buy-out, a re-establishment of an enterprise in crisis into the form of a worker cooperative.

Since the buy-out in 2009, the cooperative has created 9 new jobs and now employs 35 workers. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore experiences saving enterprises, jobs and skills in Europe! You can register through this link ( as the number of seats is limited, registration before 23rd May is compulsory.