Cooperatives Europe releases today its latest publication “Building Strong Development Cooperation - Partnership Opportunities between Cooperatives and the EU”. This study intends to strengthen the collaboration between cooperatives and EU institutions. It showcases development activities undertaken by cooperatives and the EU, as well as existing partnerships, the challenges they face, and steps for improvement.
On September 22-23, the second meeting of the European network of young cooperators took place. Hosted by Generazioni Legacoop Emilia-Romagna, OOP! Confcooperative and AGCI Giovani, the meeting took place in Bologna and at the Expo Milano 2015.
Gathering 80 young co-operators from 12 European countries, this event was organised, in order to define the network’s priorities and action plan following its launch at the 2015 Cooperatives Europe General Assembly in Paris.
On Wednesday 15th July 2015 the European Commission published proposals on self-consumption and consumers that Cooperatives Europe and its renewable energy sector organisation REScoop.eu consider a good basis for getting citizens and their energy cooperatives at the center of the energy transition. In our view consumers (citizens, their cooperatives and other SME’s) need to play a more important role in delivering a fully functioning energy market to meet the 2030 EU climate and energy targets.
This year’s EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) put a strong focus on local initiatives and cooperatives were represented in various workshops and conferences.
Cooperatives Europe, together with REScoop.EU, Euro Coop, Housing Europe and various European city and environmental organisations, organised the workshop ‘Innovative partnerships between local authorities and citizens on energy efficiency investments’.
The Co-operative Energy received the EUSEW award in the category ‘Renewable energy’ for establishing a model for citizen-centred energy supply.
EU cooperative projects relating to agri-food, renewable energy and bio-economy sectors must be central to 315 billion euros Juncker Investment Plan, Cooperatives Europe and Cogeca stress in debate at the European Parliament
Cooperatives Europe, together with Cogeca, launched today a debate at the European Parliament on the benefits of the 315 billion euros Juncker Investment plan, stressing that EU cooperatives and especially the agri-food, renewable energy and bio-economy sectors must be central to the plan.
Cooperatives Europe - the European region of the International Cooperative Alliance, launched yesterday the European Young Cooperators Network. The launch took place during 2015 Cooperatives Europe General Assembly in Paris.
A panel discussion was organised to open a dialogue with young cooperators, who held their first meeting the day before. Alfonso Aliberti, Policy Coordinator at the European Youth Forum, moderated the roundtable. "Young cooperators have the motivation and the tools to make the cooperative movement stronger", Aliberti said.