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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 together with LAMA Development and Cooperation Agency is carrying out an exploratory study on sharing economy models and innovation in cooperative companies.

Currently there are 20 million SMEs operating in all economic sectors and business transfers are an uptapped source of economic dynamism.

TransfertoCOOPS project develops a practical and pragmatic approach to improve the environment for transferring businesses to cooperatives and raise awareness about the cooperative benefits in Europe. 

Have a look at the project's website.

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 Power of Cooperation – Cooperatives Europe Key Figures 2015’. The report brings forward the impact of cooperatives across Europe, which provide more than 4.7 million jobs and have a total annual turnover of 1,005 billion Euros - more than the GDP of Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden combined.

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.

Go to 'Cooperatives in development' online platform

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.