Recognised by the historic Treaty of Rome (1957), European cooperatives today benefit 1 out of 5 Europeans. They are anchored by their core values of democracy, freedom, responsibility, accountability and solidarity - values also shared by the European Union. For this very reason, cooperatives join the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty that laid the foundations to the Europe of today.
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.
Cooperatives Europe is glad to announce and congratulate the two newest European members of the Board of the International Co-operative Alliance, Ben Reid from Midcounties Co-operative, UK and Dmitry Zubov from Centrosoyuz, Russia. The election held during the annual General Assembly in Quebec saw the members chosen from a pool of five candidates during the International Summit of Cooperatives.
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?”