At the beginning of 2022, CECOP signed a four-year-partnership agreement (2022-2025) with the European Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion (DG EMPL), financed by the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), a strand of the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) programme. 

The European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) provides an important contribution to the EU’s employment, social, education and skills policies.  

With this project, CECOP intends to support the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), as well as the European Semester process at EU and national levels, by providing policy recommendations to the EU institutions. Additionally, it will also reinforce the capacity of the CECOP network (and its members) by collecting and exchanging good practices related to cooperatives contributing to quality employment, fighting poverty and social exclusion.  

The actions will include topic-related publications, and a series of internal (mutual learning sessions) and external events (conferences and workshops). 

By supporting the core activities of the organisation (statutory meetings), the project will reinforce CECOP’s capacities to engage with its members and contribute to building a stronger and fairer social Europe. 

Additionally, this partnership confirms the CECOP collaboration with DG EMPL, and other EU-level networks financed under this programme. 

From 2018-2021 CECOP also benefited from a similar partnership under the EaSI programme. During the timeframe CECOP authored quality publications, organized events, and advocated for the members, supporting its role as a key stakeholder and recognized actor in the promotion of a sustainable and fair business model, such as cooperatives. 

During the first four years of partnership, CECOP had a dedicated filter called “EaSI programme” in the “Our Work” section of the website. The filter will now be renamed “EaSI / ESF+ programme.” Activities from both programmes will continue to be available on the website. 

Do not hesitate to have a closer look to see what CECOP’s latest updates are within the partnership.  




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