Co-organised by Cooperatives Europe and the European Youth Forum, this event aims at gathering cooperative experts, practitioners, policy and decision makers, representatives of youth organisations and young people to exchange on how the cooperative model can support young people and youth organisations. The specific objectives of the event include:
Following the EU Council Approval of the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework in October and the start of the new EU Commission, the Cooperatives Europe energy group including Rescoop.eu, The Co-operative Energy (UK) and DGRV (Germany) organised a meeting with the Director to discuss next steps in EU energy policy.
In 2010 the EU launched the Europe 2020 strategy for promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. After four years a review process has been launched in order to design the strategy for the coming years.
From 23rd to 25thOctober, the European Council will take place in Brussels. Heads of State will meet to agree on the EU's 2030 energy and climate objectives. In particular, they will have to decide on concrete targets and strategies with regard toCO2 emission reductions, the share of renewable energy and more concrete energy efficiency aims.
From 1st to 3rd October, Cooperatives Europe participated in the 2014 SME Assembly on ‘Growth Through Enterprise: Exploiting the Opportunities ahead’ and the SME envoy follow-up meeting in Naples. This three-day event is the main focus of the European SME week.
On 2nd October, Commissioner-designate for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elzbieta Bienkowska underwent a public hearing at the EU Parliament in order to be ratified as a Commisioner. In her introductory speech, Ms.Bienkowska said: “I see visible signs of economic recovery in the EU. We therefore have to strengthen this economic recovery and build a Europe that delivers jobs and growth for its citizens.
On September 15, Cooperatives Europe sent its contribution to the consultation on ‘Unlocking the potential of social economy for EU growth’ organised by the Italian government in preparation of the European Conference on social economy taking place in Rome on November 17 and 18 under the Italian EU Presidency.
On 10th September, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced his team of 27 Commissioners-designate, including seven Vice-Presidents, as well as the distribution of portfolios of the next European Commission. The European Parliament has now to vote by consent for the entire College of Commissioners, including the President and the High-Representatiove of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. This is preceeded by hearings of the Commissioners-designate in the relevant parliamentary committees.