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21.03.2013

The European Parliament unanimously embraced on the 14th of March an initiative report on the Statute for a European Mutual society. The report emphasizes that a statute for a European mutual society will create an optional instrument of law for mutual societies that, for instance, would allow them to...
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04.02.2013

Important changes are expected in the EU’s new development and cooperation budget as the European Union is preparing its next multi-annual financial plan for 2014-2020. In particular, a new programme dedicated to civil society organisations and local authorities will replace the Non State Actors programme. This change follows the...
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31.01.2013

EU Commission Vice-president Tajani presented on February 19th the new Entrepreneurship 2020 Action plan to the Competitiveness Council. Through a pro-active entrepreneurship policy, the plan aims to create jobs, growth and a more competitive economy. A follow-up of this debate is planned at the informal ministerial meeting of May...
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08.01.2013

Three member organisations of Cooperatives Europe were part of the official delegation accompanying EU Commission’s Vice-President Tajani on his ‘Mission for Growth’ to Morocco and Tunisia at the end of November 2012. The objective of the visit was to reinforce commercial partnerships, in order to help industry and SMEs...
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11.12.2012

The Economic and Social Committee of the Republic of Bulgaria, supported by the Bulgarian cooperative movement, held the conference “The role of cooperatives for the development of social economy’  on December 4 in Sofia. Etienne Pflimlin, Co-president, and Klaus Niederländer, Director, were invited to speak on behalf of Cooperatives...

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23.11.2012

On 19th November 2012 Cooperatives Europe participated in a conference in Ioannina, Greece, on promoting the cooperative enterprise model, organised by Kapa Network and the Ioannina University. In these times of crisis, there is a growing interest in collectively owned enterprises, which are rooted in local communities and which...
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20.11.2012

By organizing a workshop at the World Forum Lille, Cooperatives Europe brought cooperatives to one of the world largest forums for socially responsible enterprises. The title of the workshop was ‘Empowering people around the world through the cooperative enterprise model’ and chaired by the Director of Cooperatives Europe, Klaus...
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05.11.2012

  On the occasion of Co-operatives United, the culmination event of the International Year of Cooperatives, Cooperatives Europe organised a series of events on cooperatives and renewable energy in Manchester. On october 31, the film ‘The fourth revolution’ was projected, followed by a discussion with the audience. On November...
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25.10.2012

Cooperatives Europe and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) join forces yet again in promoting a people-centered business approach, especially with regard to the private sector as an emerging development actor. In an article that recently appeared in GREAT (the monthly magazine of the European Center for Development Policy Management),...

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24.10.2012

Intervening at the conference ‘Cooperatives – a vector of change in Europe,’ Danilo Türk, President of the Republic of Slovenia and honorary chairman of the International Year of Cooperatives in Slovenia, expressed his strong support for cooperative enterprises as important agents for change in difficult and uncertain times. The...