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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...
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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...