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18.10.2012

The 32nd World Food Day was celebrated on 16th October 2012. This year theme ‘Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world’ highlights the role of cooperatives in improving food security and contributing to the eradication of hunger.  José Graziano de Silva, FAO Director General, on the opening cerimony...

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17.10.2012

On October 10, 2012 Cooperatives Europe director Klaus Niederländer took part in an international strategy meeting of 40 European policy makers and experts from 15 European countries as well as Canada in the north of Denmark. This parliamentary hearing was organised by the World Future Council and the Climate...
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11.10.2012

High-level policy documents and fora are increasingly involving the private sector in development activities. But which private sector? From where? What kind of approaches? And how is the private sector being involved in the achievement of development goals? In an effort to clarify common understanding and to answer some...

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01.10.2012

On September 28-29, 2012 the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU hosted a high-level cooperative conference in Nicosia as part of the EU’s contributions to the UN International Year of Cooperatives. Around 200 participants attended the event, which was organised by Cooperatives Europe and the Cypriot Authority...
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19.09.2012

Cooperative enterprises put forward a decentralized energy system as a better solution for today’s energy challenges. To bring this discussion to a wider audience, Cooperatives Europe will host three workshop sessions and a film viewing to look at the idea of bringing Power to the people. Bringing together diverse...
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18.09.2012

On September 12, 2012 the European Commission released the communication ‘The roots of democracy and sustainable development: Europe’s engagement with Civil Society in External relations’. The communication defines Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) as a wide range of actors, with different roles and mandates, including membership-based, cause-based and service oriented...
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17.09.2012

On September 15, 2012 a new project lead by Cooperatives Europe started: ‘Cooperatives in development’. The action, which is co-financed by the European Commission under the Non-State Actors grant scheme, builds upon the activities of the Cooperatives Europe Development Policy Group (DPG). The DPG was established by Cooperatives Europe...
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10.09.2012

Cooperatives Europe intervened at the EU conference on employment policy organised by the European Commission: “Jobs for Europe – the employment policy conference” on September 6, 2012. This high-level conference was opened by speeches from the EU’s three key leaders – the President of EU Commission, Mr. José Manuel...
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07.09.2012

French Minister Benoît Hamon, in charge of social and solidarity economy, on September 6 participated in the Social Economy Intergoup at the European Parliament. The theme of the hearing was “Social economy, growth and employment”.   In his intervention, Hamon said: “In France cooperatives have shown great resilience to...
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06.07.2012

On 3rd July 2012 Cooperatives Europe, COSV, the Union of Co-operatives of Montenegro and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development hosted the joint conference ‘The Case for Gateway Co-operatives in Montenegro and the Balkans’. The event was organized in the framework of the EU funded project developing co-operative...