The current generation of young people is faced with a double challenge: socially motivated youth are met with mass unemployment, precarious jobs and lack of inclusion on the job market. Cooperatives are convinced that they are the innovative answer rising up to the challenge, offering sustainable, participatory and socially responsible way of doing business for younger generations.
In March 2016, Cooperatives Europe together with the ICA entered into a partnership with the European Commission as part of its commitment to support the Civil Society Organisations active in international development. The partnership was achieved thanks to the work of Cooperatives Europe Development Platform (CEDP), promoting the potential of cooperative enterprises in development and thus earning cooperatives recognition within the relevant EU development policies over the recent years.
Cooperatives Europe will be partner of iCareCoops, a European Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) project which aims to integrate modern technologies in the support and promotion of European elderly care via using the form of cooperatives.
The current economic crisis is hitting European businesses hard, and younger generations are paying most of the bill. We are convinced that now more than ever cooperatives are the business model of the future and they are key to sustainable prosperity. As cooperative organisations, we feel a great responsibility to find ways to contribute to a solution to unemployment, especially for young people.
The project - 'Cooperatives in development' is a project lead by Cooperatives Europe and co-financed by the European Commission under the Non-State Actors (NSA) grant scheme. The project builds upon the activities of the Cooperatives Europe Development Platform (CEDP).
There has been a recognition that cooperatives can make an impact in the area of renewable energy. Therefore, alongside our Energy Working Group Cooperatives Europe has become a partner of the REScoop project. REScoops are Renewable Energy Source cooperatives.
Cooperatives Europe is one of twelve organizations taking part in REScoop project funded for three years.