International experts debate the role of co-operatives in Europe

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07.06.2019

International experts debate the role of co-operatives in Europe

At the General Assembly of Cooperatives Europe, which took place in Strasbourg.

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Alfonso Aliberti highlighted the importance of considering the citizen

The Co-operatives Europe Assembly, a regional organisation of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), which represents more than 141 million co-operatives in more than 33 countries, met this Friday in the French city of Strasbourg in order to analyse the role of co-operatives in the future of the European continent.

On Thursday, before the assembly, the members of Co-operatives Europe took part in a series of conferences given by experts on Europe and co-operatives, in which they discussed different matters regarding the ideal Europe of the future and the role of co-operatives in achieving this.

Expert in European affairs, Sébastien Maillard, analysed the recent elections, the new European Parliament and how different political forces affect the operational functioning of the EU.

The future of Europe’s Youth was also discussed during the day of seminars and workshops held this Thursday, in which Alfonso Aliberti highlighted the importance of considering the citizen as a key player in the journey towards sustainable societies.

Following this line of enquiry, Vendula Couvreur, who has worked in the European Parliament for the last six years, shared her experience of this governing body and stressed the need to pursue models in which money does not determine the value of a person. Solidarity as a channel for confronting nationalism and globalization, two ever more present factors on the continent, was also discussed.

The General Assembly, at which the members of Co-operatives Europe established the work plan for the coming year and welcomed new members, was held today.

As in previous meetings, Carlos Zarco and José Pérez, Managing Director and Deputy Director of the Espriu Foundation respectively, attended on behalf of the second largest network of healthcare co-operatives in the world and member entity of Co-operatives Europe.

Since its inception, the Espriu Foundation has been committed to co-operative management as an effective model for achieving a more equitable and sustainable society, in which people take precedence over capital. In addition, being non-profit entities that reinvest their profits in the ongoing improvement of the company, allows them to offer high quality services and continuous updating.

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