On this day, "Cooperatives Europe" released a Cooperative Call to Action on the Future of Europe to unlock the potential for a wider cooperative economy across Europe.
The paper develops a strong and coherent reflection, released in time for the meeting of the Euopean Council on the 14-15th of December, which will set the blue-print for the European economy for the next 10 years.
Cooperatives Europe, which represents the voice of the european cooperative companies in all business sectors, has published this call in order to reinforce the existing strengths and legitimacy of cooperative enterprises as key actors of Social Economy and further promote the ability of cooperatives to offer adequate solutions to the challenges Europe is currently facing. It is also hoped that the European Union will consider this request and ensure adequate political recognition to allow cooperatives to tangibly contribute to a sustainable Future of Europe.
The Call to Action proposes 7 key areas for development in Europe, including:
- Ensuring a level playing field for all forms of enterprises
- Access to finance
- Action to advance Energy Transition
- Financing for sustainable food and farming
- Development of an inclusive industrial policy
- Framework for Self-Employed and Freelancer Cooperatives
- Global Development Cooperation
On this basis, the European cooperative movement is requesting a meeting with the European Commission and its President Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss the Call to Action and the benefits of a Cooperative Economy as a bridge between European citizens and the Single Market.
You can find the complete document by downloading the attached media.