At the same time, COCETA has equally participated in an increase of 4,5% in the quantity of jobs created within the same time period. The sector of workers cooperatives in Spain now represents around 17.000 businesses which generate a turnover of nearly 54,000€. These businesses employ around 205.7000 workers compared to 70,000 when COCETA was first created in 1986. In addition, according to the last COCETA directory, 49% of people in workers cooperatives are women. Amongst these, 39% have directors positions, though in other enterprises which do not adopt this model, the percentage of women that work in these positions is barely 6%. During a ceremony which took place in Valence, where the activities for the 25th anniversary of the organisation were unveiled, its president Juan Antonio Pedreño underlined the financial difficulties across the sector. {“Cooperatives keep up thanks to the efforts of their members”} he added and asked the public to support the cooperative model. {“Our challenge for 2011 is to achieve a larger role in institutional dialogue, and in order to achieve it, we should familiarise political organs of our potential."} Pedreño underlined the role of these enterprises in the local development and declared that they represent a model for the future: {“Cooperatives obtain mainly positive results whereas other models demonstrate their limits at a time when it will be difficult to increase jobs in the public sector”}. The president of COCETA underlined the role of the organisation in the creation and the continuation of jobs within its 25 years of activity. {“In this time of crisis, cooperatives committed themselves to balance incomes and outgoings and to maintain jobs’’}, he underlined. Felice Scalvini, co-president of Cooperatives Europe, who assisted at the COCETA event, insisted on the fact that everywhere in Europe, cooperative enterprises are more able to resist the crisis:{ “Everyone says that things are not going well. However, in asking our organisations in different countries during the past three years, I have established that even if difficulties exist, the situation is not that bad. To a certain extent, history proves us right”.}