Press from Euricse Network


Published on 08/08/2018by redazione

Social Economy, Salvatori in the European Commission’s expert group


Gianluca Salvatori, Euricse Secretary General, has been appointed member of a new expert group on “Social Economy and Social Enterprise” set up by the European Commission’s Social Business Initiative (SBI). The purpose of this new group will be to discuss and agree on developing and strengthening activities related to the development of the potential of the social economy and social enterprises, aiming to promote innovation and positive impact on the economy and society at large. The expert group’s actions will focus on 5 pillars: access to finance, access to markets, better framework conditions, new technologies and social innovation, as well as the development of an international dimension.


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Published on 10/07/2018by redazione

ECOOPE presents its Co-operative Entrepreneurship Toolkit

Euricse is proud to present the Ecoope Toolkit, an online library of guides and resources on cooperative entrepreneurship teaching developed by Euricse and their 7 partners as part of ECOOPE, a project cofunded by the European Union.

The documents will prove useful for teachers and Professors (vocational training and guidance, secondary schools, University, Business Administration, Social Economy, Entrepreneurship…), co-operatives and social economy organisations, future entrepreneurs and individuals interested in alternative and sustainable ways of creating employment.

The pack contains the following documents:

1) Good Practice Guide of European Cooperative Entrepreneurship teaching initiatives (both Secondary and Higher Education) by PEEP (Portugal).

2) Evaluation Methodology Tool to assess Cooperative Entrepreneurship teaching programmes by LUT (Finland).

3) Educational guide and printables based on ECOOPE’s Secondary Education pilot training programme, carried out in January 2018 to introduce a group of Portuguese and Spanish students to Cooperative Entrepreneurship and design thinking by Valnalón.

4) Guide of ECOOPE’s Higher Education Pilot Traning Programme by CISE. This training programme was developed in Feb-Mar 2018 with a group of graduates and undergraduates from different European countries (one week introductory course on cooperatives and entrepreneurship and 4 weeks at a European cooperative solving one of their challenges).

You can download all of them by clicking here or download here the ones you are interested on at:


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Published on 05/11/2013by redazione

Top 300 co-operatives are worth over 2 trillion


From Co-operative News article released on 05 November 2013

The world’s top 300 co-operatives have continued to grow, achieving an overall turnover of USD $2,097 billion in 2011. The results of the survey confirm an increase from 2010, when the world’s top 300 co-operatives, distributed in 24 countries, had a turnover of USD $1,975 billion. (more…)

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Published on 10/10/2013by redazione

Success for the online campaign


October 10, 2013

A new site for promoting the  database, with innovations including journalistic reports, analyses and case studies.

Offical launch will be at the International conference in Cape Town. is the first global digital campaign to choose the storytelling tradition as a way of communicating the cooperative experience to the general public. Devised for 2012, the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, the aim of was to present a new story of cooperation from around the world every day during the year. By exploring a wide variety of sectors, sizes and countries, the project promoted the cooperative model in all its diversity, highlighting cooperatives’ contribution to social and economic development and supporting the formation and growth of cooperative enterprises at an international level. (more…)

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Published on 31/10/2012by redazione

Co-operatives fly through financial crisis, turnover reaches USD 2 trillion


Manchester, October 31st 2012

World Co-operative Monitor launched in Manchester

The global co-operative sector defied a general business trend and thrived trhough the heights of the Global Financial Crisis, according to a new scientific report.

The inaugural World Co-operative Monitor, ranking the largest co-operative and mutual enterprises by turnover and collecting data on all sizes of co-operatives across the globe in categories, was launched today in Manchester by its partners the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and The European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE). (more…)

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Published on 26/09/2012by redazione

European Commissioner Barnier responds to Euricse’s appeal for greater attention toward cooperative banks


Trento, Sepember 26 2012

Good news for European cooperative banking. After the European Banking Authority, now the European Commission, represented by the Commissioner responsible for internal market and services, Michel Barnier, has also responded positively to the appeal launched by Euricse in March, demanding that EU institutions pay more attention to local and cooperative banks. The appeal (download it here) emphasized the role that these institutions can play in diversifying the credit market and supporting the real economy, and warned legislators against the excessively simplified and standardized vision supported by recent regulatory frameworks such as Basel III. (more…)

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Published on 19/03/2012by redazione

Promoting the understanding of cooperatives for a better world. Conference draws to a close


Venice, March 19 2012

Final statement from Carlo Borzaga, president of Euricse, sums up the two days

The conference “Promoting the understanding of cooperatives for a better world” organized by Euricse, the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and the Alliance of Italian Cooperatives for the UN International Year of Cooperatives closed on Friday in Venice. The twoday conference featured over 50 speakers from around the world debating issues connected to the cooperative world. The participants also signed an appeal asking the European Union’s governments to pay greater attention to the importance of cooperative banks to economic recovery. Carlo Borzaga, the president of Euricse, summed up the conference with a concluding statement. (more…)

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Published on 16/03/2012by redazione

Promoting the understanding of cooperatives for a better world


Venice, March 16 2012

First statements from keynote speakers on the economic importance of the cooperative model

In order to cope with the economic and social crisis, “in the future we will have to ask for help from the cooperative world. Not just in the social services, but also in the reorganization of labour, taking inspiration from this alternative model.” So said Romano Prodi, Italy’s former Prime Minister and the ex-president of the European Commission yesterday, opening the international conference “Promoting the understanding of cooperatives for a better world”, currently taking place in Venice (15-16 March). Prodi delved further into the state of the global economy and the imbalance in the distribution of employment, concluding regretfully that “the inclusivity of the cooperative system and its positive changes to the employment model run up against a lack of responses and courage from the political leadership.” (more…)

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More attention to cooperative and local banks is essential to Europe’s economic recovery


Venice, March 16 2012

An appeal presented in Venice during an international conference on cooperatives asks the European Union to focus on funding the real economy in order to overcome the economic crisis

Carlo Borzaga, the president of Euricse, launched an appeal on behalf of the community of experts from the cooperative world yesterday in Venice, during the international conference on cooperatives “Promoting the understanding of cooperatives for a better world”. He asked all the European Union heads of state and government, the EU’s governing bodies and the European banking authorities to pay more attention “to the role of cooperative banks in Europe’s economic recovery.” (more…)

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Published on 06/03/2012by redazione

New responses to the global crisis from the cooperative movement


Trento, March 6, 2012

Cooperatives’ potential role in the reform of the dominant economic model to be discussed at a conference in Venice, 15-16 March, 2012

What effects will the financial crisis have? Will Europe be able to move beyond the negative economic trends and radically transform its social and economic development model? And what contribution can cooperative enterprises and the social economy in general bring to the new geopolitical context? These are just some of the highly topical questions that will be directed to Italian politician Romano Prodi, University of Cambridge economics professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, Alliance of Italian Cooperatives president Luigi Marino and International Cooperative Alliance president Pauline Green during the international conference “Promoting the understanding of cooperatives for a better world” to be held in Venice on 15-16 March. (more…)

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Published on 19/02/2012by redazione

Understanding cooperatives for a better world


Trento, February 19, 2012

As David Cameron announces new legislation promoting cooperatives, a conference on 15-16 March brings international debate on the issue to Italy


Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, was the latest politician to turn the spotlight on cooperatives, announcing a few weeks ago that he wants to simplify legislation in the sector to encourage cooperative enterprises. The president of the Alliance of Italian Cooperatives, Luigi Marino, responded promptly: “It is hugely significant that important countries like Great Britain are seeking in cooperation the ability to create a better economy and have the greatest number of people possible share in market success,” he said. (more…)

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Published on 13/02/2012by redazione

Exploring the role of cooperatives in contemporary economies


Trento, February 13th 2012

A scientific and topical round-table discussion on their contribution to reforming the dominant economic model will be held in Venice, 15-16 March


2012 is officially the International Year of Cooperatives, and Italy is ready to host one of the year’s most important meetings at a global level, a scientifically oriented and highly topical discussion of the role of cooperatives in contemporary economies. The conference, entitled Promoting the understanding of co-operatives for a better world, will bring a number of world-famous experts and economists to Venice on 15-16 March, and has been organized by Euricse, the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises; ICA, the International Co-operative Alliance; and the Alliance of Italian Cooperatives. (more…)

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