After a year of actively participating in consultations, Cooperatives Europe is pleased that three distinct mentions are highlighting the importance of cooperatives as key actors in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Cooperatives Europe releases today the new CoopStarter website available at www.starter.coop CoopStarter is a starting point for young entrepreneurs setting up cooperative start-ups, providing information on the cooperative model, a step-by-step guide to setting up a cooperative and a list of local support points across Europe. Success stories from cooperatives in different sectors and EU countries are also outlined to inspire and encourage European youth to explore the cooperative model for their businesses.
On 27th of April, Jean Louis Bancel was unanimously elected as the new President of Cooperatives Europe in Malta during the 2017 General Assembly hosted by Koperattivi Malta.
Jean Louis Bancel currently holds the post of President at Coop FR, the French national cooperative apex organisation, and is President of Crédit Coopératif (French Cooperative bank). He has been part of the cooperative and mutual movement for 20 years and brings a significant international experience to his mandate as a current member of the ICA Board.
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.