The General Assembly is the supreme structure of Cooperatives Europe and brings together all the members. The General Assembly meets at least once a year to approve the workplan and budget of Cooperatives Europe and to establish strategic guidelines.
The General Assembly elects one president: Susanne Westhausen. The president also acts as vice-president of ICA for the European Region and chair of the EU Coordination Committee (EUCC).
The Board Members are:
- BONDE Pernilla of HSB Riksförbund, (Sweden)
- DEBRY Jacques of Febecoop (Belgium)
- DE LUCA Katia of Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane (Italy)
- GRODZKI Mieczyslaw of the National Cooperative Council (Poland)
- KAPPES Andreas of DGRV (Germany)
- MEYER Thomas of Coop-Fr (France)
- ÖRNEK Ünal of Orkoop (Turkey)
- PUUSA Anu of Pellervo (Finland)
- STEFANOV Petar of the Central Cooperative Alliance (Bulgaria)
- WOODELL Vivian of Co-operatives UK (United Kingdom)
- FERRAND Isabelle of EACB,
- FIEDLER Mathias of Eurocoop,
- GUERINI Giuseppe of CECOP,
- POFFERI Leonardo of Cogeca,
- VANSINTJAN Dirk of Rescoop.EU
A maximum of four Vice-presidents form the presidency, which is in charge of preparing the annual and multi-annual budget and workplan, which is then adopted by the board and approved by the General Assembly.
Board of directors
Cooperatives Europe board is elected by the General Assembly for a four-year term. It is in charge of the development and implementation of the strategic multi-annual programme.
EU Coordination Committee
The EUCC has a mandate from the Board to take positions vis a vis EU institutions, in order to influence EU institutions in favour of policies supportive of cooperative enterprises. This mandate is exerted within the strategies and guidelines decided by the Board. If no strategy of the Board is known or the EU Coordination Committee wants to deviate from the strategy of the Board, it has to consult the Board first. The EU Coordination Committee reports to the Board about its activities.
The members of the Committee are: European sector organizations, National inter-sectoral co-operative organizations coming from the European Union and EFTA member countries, and National inter-sectoral co-operative organizations coming from candidates countries under accession negotiations with the EU. European Members, not mentioned above, from non-EU countries, have the right to participate in EUCC meetings as observers.
In addition to the statutory bodies, Cooperatives Europe can count on a number of specific working groups, which deal with particular themes. Some of them, such as the working group on State Aids, work within the EUCC, intervening in the framework of specific issues. Some others, like the Cooperatives Europe Development Platform and the Energy Group meet on a regular basis and pursue a specific strategy, which is in line with Cooperatives Europe’s strategic guidelines.