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Published on 04/05/2017by redazione

Euricse participates in a European project aimed at promoting cooperative entrepreneurship

Euricse was endorsed by the European Commission to participate in a project that will analyse and implement entrepreneurship education programs based on the cooperative business model

The initiative will promote a cooperative spirit and entrepreneurship skills of high school and university students from all over Europe in order to improve their employability.

Trento, May 4th. The project ECOOPE – Entrepreneurial Cooperative Experience – co-funded by the European Commission with a total budget of over 300.000€ was launched in April 2017 with the aim of improving the employability of young people in Europe by providing them with relevant entrepreneurship knowledge and skills to promote the set-up of cooperatives. Euricse will bring their expertise to this project together with six other institutions from Finland, United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal and Spain. (more…)

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Published on 13/04/2017by redazione

WCM is calling for data

Please take the short amount of time needed to enter your co-operative’s details for the 2017 edition of the Monitor.

The World Co-operative Monitor, published by the International Co-operative Alliance in conjunction Euricse, has become the premier source of annual data on the size of the co-operative economy. It has become a crucial resource for raising the co-operative profile and impact with policymakers, industry professionals and the public at large. It is also an important tool for researchers around the globe and is now calling for data. (more…)

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Published on 29/03/2017by redazione

Mutual, cooperative and co-owned business


A new book edited by Jonathan Michie, Joseph R. Blasi and Carlo Borzaga, published by Oxford University Press Handbook


“Mutual, co-operative and co-owned business” is the title of The Oxford University Press Handbook edited by Jonathan Michie, University of Oxford (UK), Joseph R. Blasi, Rutgers University (USA), and Carlo Borzaga, University of Trento (Italy) is now available.

The handbook analyses, describes, and explains the complex world of organisations that assign ownership rights and governance control to stakeholders other than investors. The complexity of this set of organisations results both from the different degree of control exerted by stakeholders in each typology, and from different legislative and regulatory frameworks that govern these organisational forms. (more…)

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Published on 27/03/2017by redazione

For the development of agricultural cooperatives in Africa

The report is an important resource that will help organisations increase the effectiveness of their interventions by comparing strategies implemented in the interventions and context of reference.

Which factors help and which, instead, hinder the creation of agricultural cooperatives in the African continent? What can we learn from cooperative development programmes promoted by organisations from the North American and European co-operative movement? What legal, economic and political opportunities and challenges did they encounter in the countries where the programmes are implemented?

The answers to these questions can be found in the newly published research report on “Processes and Policies for Co-operative Development Promoters in Africa” by Euricse in collaboration with OCDC (U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council) and USAID. (more…)

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Published on 16/03/2017by redazione

Towards a European Statute for Social and Solidarity-Based Enterprise

A chat with Professor Antonio Fici about his latest study for the European Parliament. “The hope is to now move from theory to practice, meaning concrete legislative initiatives which identify and promote social enterprises.”

Social enterprises (SE) are subject to ad hoc legislation in an increasing number of EU jurisdictions, and legislative initiatives in this field are under consideration by EU institutions. With the aim of deepening the understanding of this topic, the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament commissioned, oversaw and published, just a few days ago, the study entitled “A European Statute for Social and Solidarity-Based Enterprise”. (more…)

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Published on 09/03/2017by redazione

JEOD: the new issue of the review is out

The new issue (Volume 5, Issue 1)  of the international scientific review The Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity (JEOD) is now available online. It is a double blind peer refereed review which publishes theoretical as well as empirical researches on the entrepreneurial phenomenon from different perspectives (economics, sociology, political sciences, law).

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Published on 12/01/2017by redazione

Euricse and ILO join forces toward improving cooperative statistics

This joint initiative is part of the global effort around improving cooperative statistics. The 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) held in Geneva from in October 2013 recognized the importance of having more comprehensive and internationally comparable statistics on the cooperatives by adopting a resolution for advancing work on the topic. (more…)

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Published on 15/12/2016by redazione


The end of the year is a time to look back at what we’ve accomplished and gather new ideas for projects and activities for the year to come, without losing sight of our main goal: to create knowledge and enrich the debate on the cooperative business model in order to demonstrate its relevance in modern economic and social systems. 2016 was a fruitful year at Euricse and we’d like to share some of the key results with you.


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Published on 26/10/2016by redazione

Social enterprises and their eco-systems: developments in Europe

The number of social enterprises in Europe is increasing and they are engaging in new fields. Many countries are introducing new legislation as well as new support schemes to boost the development of social enterprises.

Both public and private markets offer new opportunities for social enterprises to start up and grow, reveals the new report “Social enterprises and their eco-systems: developments in Europe” published by the European Commission. The research was conducted by independent academics supported by the Euricse and EMES network . (more…)

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Published on 11/10/2016by redazione

Key findings from the World Co-operative Monitor 2016


The World Co-operative Monitor 2016 is the fifth edition of the annual research report produced by the International Co-operative Alliance (the Alliance) with the scientific and technical support of Euricse. The research, widely considered the primary source for global statistics on the economic dimensions of the co-operative movement, includes a new feature in 2016: an analysis of the capital structure of the Top 300 co-operative enterprises. Also included in this year’s edition is a special section focusing on consumer co-operatives within the Wholesale and retail trade sector. (more…)

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Published on 06/10/2016by redazione

Euricse and C-Bird for social enterprises in Serbia

“Could networking be a way to empower social enterprises in Serbia?” was the title of a full day training dedicated to social enterprises that was held in Belgrade on October 7th. The event is organised as a part of Aleksandra Bobic’s secondment in the “Zip Centar za mlade biznis inkubator DOO” Pirot – Serbia within the C-BIRD project and is supported by all the main actors involved in the promotion of social enterprises in Serbia participating in the Coalition for the development of social enterprises. (more…)

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Published on 29/09/2016by redazione

Study launch: health cooperatives and mutuals worldwide

The research “Health cooperatives and mutuals worldwide – an analysis of the contribution to citizens’ health by cooperatives around the world” will be launched during sectorial meeting on “Health and Social Services – The Cooperatives’ Way” on the occasion of the International Summit of Cooperatives, which will be held in Quebec City. On October 12, Gianluca Salvatori will present the study, which is aimed to analyze the contribution of health cooperatives and mutuals to the promotion of citizens’ health within different national welfare systems. Euricse is conducting this study in collaboration with IHCO (International Health Co-operative Organization). (more…)

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