On 17th of January, Mr. Antonio Tajani was elected as the new President of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The Italian MEP part of the European People’s Party group (EPP) will take on the mandate of two and a half years. Winning by 351 out of 633 valid votes cast, Mr. Tajani succeeds Martin Schulz.
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?”
Cooperatives Europe, in collaboration with LAMA Development and Cooperation Agency, are releasing today a new publication, titled “Cooperative Platforms in a European Landscape: An Exploratory Study”, at the International Social Innovation Research Conference in Glasgow.