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03.04.2012

On 13th March 2012, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Statute for a European Cooperative Society with regard to the involvement of employees. In his press release, the rapporteur , Mr Sven Giegold stated that “Cooperatives also have a vital role to play in delivering the EU’s...
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02.02.2012

The battle to stop a legislative procedure seriously threatening the Polish co-operative movement has ended with the Polish Parliament rejecting the draft law. Another battle is won against the attempts to undermine the values and principles of the co-operative business model, which are recognized internationally. In August, in fact,...

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02.02.2012

In her speech to the European Union’s Informal Council of Industry Ministers, Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Co-operative Alliance, told the EU that it needs to do more to support a diverse, strong European economy. Dame Pauline Green spoke to a meeting in Poland of Ministers discussing...
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02.02.2012

On Wednesday 5 October 2011 the co-operative movement represented by Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Co-operative Alliance, and Klaus Niederländer, Director of Cooperatives Europe together with the Fair Trade movement represented by Ian Bretman, Executive Vice-Chair of the Board of Fairtrade Labelling International, and Sergi Corbalan, Director...
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25.01.2012

There are now three times more members of co-operatives than individual shareholders worldwide, according to a new report issued on 12 January to mark the launch of International Year of Co-operatives 2012. The report, ’Global Business Ownership 2012’ reveals that, despite only seven per cent of the world’s population...
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24.01.2012

In the wake of the International Year of Co-operatives, UK government announced today a new consolidated Act for Co-operatives. This announcement, made by the Prime Minister David Cameron, means that the 17 separate pieces of legislation governing the sector, much of which dates back to 1965 and has been...
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03.01.2012

  On January, 12 co-operatives and co-operative organisations across Europe and the world celebrated the start of the International Year of Co-operatives. Cooperatives Europe, together with the European organisations representing co-operative sectors held a major press conference at the presence of Ms Pervenche Berès, Member of the European Parliament...