Following a series of news about a few large European cooperative enterprises in the European press over the last couple of weeks, the President of Cooperatives Europe Dirk J. Lehnhoff addressed a formal letter to the Financial Times in response to an article in its 29th November edition.
Cooperatives Europe and Fair Trade Advocacy Office released a joint contribution to the future EU strategy on “Strengthening the Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Inclusive and Sustainable Development”. This topic is a key issue within the implementation of the EU development policy ‘Agenda for Change’ and the discussions on the future global sustainable development framework once the United Nations Millennium Development Goals come to an end.
On 31st October, Cooperatives Europe, in partnership with ICA Africa, organised the workshop “Growing Cooperatives Globally - Cooperative contributions to international development”. The meeting focused on the role of cooperatives in development processes and is included among the actions prepared and carried out by the Cooperatives Europe Development Platform (CEDP) within the ‘Cooperatives in Development’ project, supported by the EU Commission.
From October 23-25 the World Forum 2013 took place in Lille, France. This year’s edition focused on showcasing how companies together with their stakeholders are successfully initiating real change and adopting new models to overcome the current social and economic challenges. Those changes were clustered into four main areas of action: changing the corporate model, changing the relations with the consumers, changing business practises and changing human resource management.
On 11th October, the second meeting of the permanent working group on cooperatives set up by EU Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani took place in Brussels. A group of field experts from national cooperative organisations, some European sectoral organisations and representatives from the EU Commission attended the meeting.
On Tuesday 8th October, during the EU Commissioners’ weekly meeting held in Strasbourg, EU Commission Vice-President and EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia proposed the new EU energy guidelines for the period from 2014-2020, to be published in November. In the latest draft, the Commissioner had not only dropped formerly included specific support to nuclear energy, but above all, promised to strengthen the framework for renewable energy support.
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, gave today his annual State of the European Union speech at the European Union Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg. In his speech, Barroso said: “Make no mistake. There is no way back to business as usual. Some people believe that after this, everything will go back to the way it was before. They are wrong. We will not go back to the ‘old’ normal, we have to shape a ‘new’ normal”.
The Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament adopted today a motion for a resolution on the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan presented by Austrian MEP Paul Rübig (EPP).
Cooperatives Europe welcomes the text adopted today, which underlines how the measures described in the EU Commission’s Action Plan should address all types of businesses, explicitly mentioning cooperative enterprises.
On the eve of the United Nations International Day of Co-operatives (July 6) organisations are calling for an urgent transformation towards a more socially and environmentally friendly energy system.
Climate Alliance, Cooperatives Europe, Ecopower, Friends of the Earth Europe, and REScoop.eu are asking European Union decision makers to pave the way for a clean energy transition led by citizens. Putting communities at the heart of Europe’s energy systems will ensure widespread support for renewable energy on the scale needed to combat climate change, they say.