17 June 2013

A report on the contribution of cooperative for a better Europe

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Patrizia Toia, MEP and chief of S&D Italy has drafted an initiative report on the role of cooperatives in overcoming the economic crisis. The Italian MEP belongs to the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and she has also been the author of the initiative report on Social economy in 2009 that has been adopted by, the European Parliament on the 30th of May.

The report discuss the role of cooperatives  in helping European countries to exit the crisis, while delivering useful data to support the findings. In the EU, there are nearly 160.000 cooperative enterprises employing 5.4 million people, contributing for almost 5% of the GDP. It pledges the role of cooperatives, arguing that the Commission should support the sector through the creation of a specific policy within DG Enterprise.

Moreover, it asks the States to review their legislation on social entreprises, to adopt a supportive policy for cooperative business model and to develop a regulatory framework leading to the recognition and establishment of cooperatives in all fields and sectors. At the beginning of July, on the eve of the International Day of Cooperatives, the European Parliament will discuss in plenary session the report and evaluate possible actions based on its findings.