On 13th March 2012, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Statute for a European Cooperative Society with regard to the involvement of employees. In his press release, the rapporteur , Mr Sven Giegold stated that “Cooperatives also have a vital role to play in delivering the EU’s 2020 strategy, notably in the areas of social cohesion, climate protection and sustainable management.
19 January 2012 - In the wake of the International Year of Co-operatives, UK government announced today a new consolidated Act for Co-operatives.
UK government announced today that they are to refer the legislation governing co-operatives and mutuals to the Law Commission. This announcement, made by the Prime Minister David Cameron, means that the 17 separate pieces of legislation governing the sector, much of which dates back to 1965 and has been developed piecemeal, may now be consolidated into one Act.
The European organizations representing co-operatives at EU level* kick off the United Nations’ International Year of Co-operatives today with the launch of their 2012 political agenda, ‘Co-operatives for Europe – Moving Forward Together’.
On January, 12 co-operatives and co-operative organisations across Europe and the world celebrated the start of the International Year of Co-operatives.
Cooperatives Europe, together with the European organisations representing co-operative sectors held a major press conference at the presence of Ms Pervenche Berès, Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, and Mr Luis Manuel Capoulas Santos, Member of the European Parliament.
The battle to stop a legislative procedure seriously threatening the Polish co-operative movement has ended with the Polish Parliament rejecting the draft law. Another battle is won against the attempts to undermine the values and principles of the co-operative business model, which are recognized internationally. In August, in fact, the Polish Parliament rejected another sectoral law on co-operatives, which would have endangered the Polish housing co-operative sector.
In her speech to the European Union’s Informal Council of Industry Ministers, Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Co-operative Alliance, told the EU that it needs to do more to support a diverse, strong European economy.