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Monday, 1 October 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 for the Supervision and Development of Cooperative Societies.

Wednesday, 19 September 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 panels of experts and key actors in the renewable energy field, we will explore how cooperatives are reshaping the energy market.

Tuesday, 18 September 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’.

Monday, 17 September 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 in 2008, driven by its member's intrests in development and cooperation. The group convenes cooperative federations from Europe on issues of development policy and development implementation where and when cooperatives are involved.

Monday, 10 September 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 Barroso, the President of the European Parliament, Mr. Martin Schulz and the President of the European Council, Mr. Herman van Rompuy. 

Friday, 7 September 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 the crisis, even in extremely concurrential markets. As they are not driven by short-term objectives, they can rely on equities and make long-term investments on innovation and canvassing"
 
Friday, 6 July 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’.

Friday, 6 July 2012

On 7th July 2012 co-operative businesses around the world will celebrate the International Day of Co-operatives.

Mr Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, launched a strong message to governments around the world in order to encourage them to create more awareness and to pursue policies for strengthening co-operatives everywhere.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says co-operatives build a better world

On 7th July 2012 co-operative businesses around the world will celebrate the International Day of Co-operatives.

Mr Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, launched a strong message to governments around the world in order to encourage them to create more awareness and to pursue policies for strengthening co-operatives everywhere (watch the video).

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Co-operatives have a long history of building partnerships and networks amongthemselvesAfter all, co-operation among co-operatives is the seventh co-operative principle.

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