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08 Feb 2017

30/03 – 2/04: European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) co-organised by CECOP

Position paper

Cooperatives and other social economy enterprises will meet for the sixth time in 2017 for the European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). It is co-organized by CECOP together with its member in Bulgaria th...

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26 Jan 2017

European Parliament calls for the promotion of cooperatives

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CECOP welcomes the European Parliament Resolution of 19 January 2017 on a European Pillar of Social Rights, led by MEP Maria Joao Rodrigues (S&D), which recognizes that cooperatives are an integral part of the social econom...

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18 Jan 2017

The role played by cooperatives in building social justice whilst generating wealth and distributing it equitably should be fully recognized

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The EU social model has been deteriorating gradually since the beginning of the crisis, with increasing levels of inequality, unemployment and a partial return to the informal economy. Young people, migrant workers and women ha...

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18 Jan 2017

CECOP calls for the recognition of cooperatives and other social economy enterprises as the European Parliament elects Antonio Tajani as its new President

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The President of CECOP, Giuseppe Guerini, has welcomed the newly elected President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani: “Cooperatives in industry and services strongly believe that European institutions must recogn...

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11 Jan 2017

25 - 26/04 CECOP General Assembly

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09 Jan 2017

19 - 22/10: Social Cooperatives International School 2017, Naples

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12 Dec 2016

Social cooperatives create the first Italian network of social agriculture

Position paper

After one year from the approval of the Italian law on social agriculture, the first Italian network of social agriculture "AgriCo.Re – Agricoltura e Cooperazione in rete" will be created. It will gather togethe...

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05 Dec 2016

EU Member States recognise the contribution of the Social Economy to sustainable job creation and social innovations

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Ten EU Member States have signed the Bratislava Declaration, calling for an increased recognition of the importance of the Social Economy and urging the Member States to use the recommendations of the GECES General Report 2016....

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28 Nov 2016

CECOP welcomes the European Commission’s Communication on the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative

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CECOP, the European Confederation of industrial and service cooperatives, welcomes the recently launched Communication from the European Commission “Europe’s next leaders: the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative”...

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27 Nov 2016

5/12 > Towards a fair sharing economy: The role and place of cooperative platforms

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25 Nov 2016

Intercooperation among tech cooperatives: from New Zealand to the UK

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Cooperatives from the digital sector are joining together in the UK around the Megazord project, a coalition of tech-focused cooperatives that pool their resources to achieve their shared aims: “making the world better an...

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25 Nov 2016

The President of CECOP receives recognition of the Polish cooperative movement on its 200th anniversary

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The president of CECOP, Giuseppe Guerini has received the medal for the 200th anniversary of the Polish cooperative movement under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda.

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24 Nov 2016

CECOP calls for improvements to be made to European funding systems supporting cooperatives in their efforts to create and save enterprises and jobs

The “Development of cooperatives: financial instruments for investing” workshop, which was jointly organised yesterday by CECOP together with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), analysed the current funding systems...

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22 Nov 2016

CECOP welcomes the European Commission proposal for a new Directive on preventive restructuring measures

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CECOP, the European confederation of industrial and service cooperatives, welcomes the publication by the European Commission of the proposal for a new Directive on preventive restructuring frameworks, second chance and measure...

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17 Nov 2016

“Cooperatives can dignify work”, Giuseppe Guerini, President of CECOP at the EESC-ILO Conference on the Future of Work

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The experience of industrial and service cooperatives was shared during the European Economic and Social Committee – International Labour Organisation High level Conference on the Future of Work held Brussels 15-16 Novemb...

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04 Nov 2016

Great success of the SCIS2016: 4 days of international exchanges on social cooperatives

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Social cooperatives are among the most vital actors of the economy in today’s world, showing the capacity to understand the challenges our societies face today. 30 Cooperative managers from Italy, Japan, Croatia, Czech Re...

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31 Oct 2016

Béatrice Barras, co-founder of French cooperative Ardelaine, receives the French state medal “Order of Merit”

Béatrice Barras, co-founder of worker cooperative Ardelaine, has received the French state medal of the “Ordre du Mérite ». Ardelaine is the fruit of the restauration in the 1970s of a crumbling wool mill in a small village of Ard...

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18 Oct 2016

European industrial and service cooperatives participate in the International Summit of Cooperatives

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The third International Summit of Cooperatives, an initiative of the International Co-operative Alliance and Desjardins Group, took place from 11 to 13 October, gathering 2,950 participants from 116 countries, this year focused...

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16 Sep 2016

Are you a cooperative manager? Register to the SCIS2016 before 22 September: few seats left!

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Are you a social cooperative manager willing to know other international experiences? Keep on reading. Register before 22 September for the Social Cooperatives International School (SCIS2016), to be held in Naples (Italy) from...

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15 Sep 2016

The European Parliament recognises the job creation potential of small and medium cooperatives in industry and services

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Today, the plenary session of the European Parliament has approved the report entitled 'How best to harness the job creation potential of SMEs?', which is aimed at supporting SMEs in their efforts to combat the unemploy...

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