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10 Dec 2015

The UK’s social care sector through the eyes of the cooperatives CASA and Leading Lives

News

Cooperatives offering health and social care services, deeply rooted in the Italian territory, are now emerging in the UK. Democratically run and worker-owned enterprise, the cooperative CASA, created in 2004 in North east of E...

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09 Dec 2015

Between local stakes and universal emergency: cooperatives are committed to the ecological transition

News

During the Cop 21, conference on climate held in Paris during which UN members must sign a new international agreement against global warming, worker cooperatives have been showcasing their good practices in sectors as diverse...

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09 Dec 2015

Juan Antonio Pedreño, representative of the Spanish worker cooperative federation, elected president of Social Economy Europe

Press release

Juan Antonio Pedreño, President of the Spanish worker cooperative confederation (COCETA) and of CEPES, the Spanish business confederation of social economy, was unanimously elected President of Social Economy Europe for...

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08 Dec 2015

Council adopts conclusions on social economy: a historic commitment for the Member States

Press release

On Monday 7th of December, the European ministers in charge of employment and social affairs met to discuss the development of the social economy in the framework of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Council (E...

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07 Dec 2015

In Italy, 4 out of 10 women are at the helm of social cooperatives

News

The cooperative is among the types of company that has the highest number of women in senior positions in Italy: 23% versus 16% in other types of companies. The average of cooperatives managed by women has increased by 5% from...

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14 Nov 2015

WORKING TOGETHER FOR A COOPERATIVE FUTURE, young cooperators worldwide share their story

Video

A video created in a collaborative manner that shares the experiences, challenges and motivations of young cooperators in 9 worker and social cooperatives from 9 countries worldwide, including 4 European examples. CICOPA, the i...

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14 Nov 2015

A new video about Young cooperators in the world: 4 European examples

Video

Precarious work, not in line with their studies, a lack of independence…According to the latest numbers from the OECD, at least 75 million youths in the world are unemployed, while others are now creating tools to decide...

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28 Oct 2015

Back to school for social cooperatives!

Event

Thirty cooperators from different parts of Europe met in Milan on 11th of October to take part at the first edition of Social Cooperatives and Social Enterprises International School. The school focused on social innovation and...

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27 Oct 2015

A teaching toolkit to explain worker and social cooperatives in France

News

Raise your hand if you were taught about cooperatives in school? Until now, it was almost easier to discover them during your stay in kindergarten and primary school, with the school cooperatives, than during your higher educat...

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26 Oct 2015

Milan Expo: a discussion on health care cooperatives

News

On 13 October the International Conference On Health Care Cooperatives organized a workshop entitled “Feeding the welfare: coops in health care” in the Milan Expo. The workshop was animated by international speakers...

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23 Oct 2015

Worker Cooperatives in the UK develop a Solidarity Fund to reinforce the movement

News

Cooperators united to strengthen the worker cooperative movement in the UK. A group of worker cooperatives have created a solidarity Fund to manage a common Fund paid by the monthly subscription of individuals, worker cooperati...

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21 Oct 2015

Social cooperatives represent 44,5% of total jobs created in the sector of health and social care in Italy

Publication

According to the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE), social cooperatives operating in the sector of health and social care, represent the 44.5% of total jobs created in Italy in this sec...

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15 Oct 2015

Over 90% of surveyed women feel that they have been empowered as a woman by starting and running a social enterprise, says a European study

News

The European Women's Lobby, the largest umbrella organization of women’s associations in the European Union, has recently launched the first research on women-led ‪‎social enterprises, including social cooperative...

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07 Oct 2015

Coop4Job: cooperative tool to boost youth entrepreneurship

News

As an answer to youth unemployement, the Italian Confederation of cooperatives, Confcooperative has launched the platform Coop4job. The goal of www.coop4job.it is to network and give a better chance to young people by taking ad...

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01 Oct 2015

Toward a better support of enterprises integrating long term unemployed into the labour market?

Position paper

CECOP, the European Confederation of Cooperatives active in industry and services, welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for a Council recommendation on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour ma...

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28 Sep 2015

The young European cooperators network meets in Italy

News

On September 22nd and 23rd was held the second meeting of the Young European Cooperators network (YECN) in Italy, only 5 months after the first one hosted in Paris during which it was created and launched. The delegations, from...

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25 Sep 2015

Our new image and website launched today!

News

Today, CECOP has launched its new image and website. Our new, more modern and dynamic, logo alongside the slogan “Working Together”, embodying the Cooperative Marque -the global identity of the cooperative movement...

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21 Sep 2015

The European Parliament adopts a resolution on social entrepreneurship and social innovation in combating unemployment

Position paper

On 10 September the European Parliament has adopted the resolution on “Social entrepreneurship and social innovation in combating unemployment”, an initiative of the MEP Veronica Lope Fontagné (PPE). “(...

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14 Sep 2015

Worker and social cooperatives urge EU ministers to be guided by EU foundational values when discussing the humanitarian refugee crisis

Press release

3,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean since January, mostly people who are fleeing armed conflicts in Siria, Eritrea, Sudan or Irak where they risk their lives. The European Commission has already identified 120,000 peo...

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11 Sep 2015

The first edition of Social Cooperatives and Social Enterprises International School will take place in Milan in October

News

Federsolidarietà – Confcooperative, the largest Italian organisation of social cooperatives, is organising the first Social Cooperatives and Social Enterprises International School from 11 to 13 October 2015 in Mil...

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