Ten EU Member States have signed the Bratislava Declaration, calling for an increased recognition of the importance of the Social Economy and urging the Member States to use the recommendations of the GECES General Report 2016 to which Cooperatives Europe expert contributed to.
On Tuesday, November 22, the European Commission unveiled its much-anticipated Initiative on Start-up and Scale-up.
Following the Single Market Strategy presented in October 2015, the European Commission had stated that it would address issues that are of interest for SMEs, in particular start-ups. Yesterday, the Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska presented the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative in Strasbourg.
On Monday October 10th, the Global Cooperative Development Platform (GCDP) was launched based on the recommendations of the pre-summit activity “Cooperatives and mutuals in international development – how can we do more and better together?”
On 2nd July we will be celebrating Interantional Day of Co-operatives. This year celebrations will be dedicated to the contribution cooperatives provide to the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The International Co-operative Alliance invites cooperators from all around the world to join the international campaign #coopsday. You can visit the website www.coopsday.coop to find useful information and resources to make the best of this day.
Cooperatives Europe, the European representative organisation of cooperative enterprises, expresses its concern for United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. “The decision of the UK to leave the European Union is a democratic one but is a huge challenge for the European Union. We will all be called to go back to our roots, to rediscover the values that lead the Founding Fathers of the EU to begin the European project and from there make it stronger” said Dirk J. Lehnhoff, President of Cooperatives Europe.