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Published on 23/02/2014by redazione

JEOD special issue on cooperative banks

indexJEOD Vol. 3, Issue 1
Edited by Silvio Goglio (University of Trento; Euricse) and Yiorgos Alexopoulos (Agricultural University of Athens; Euricse)

Are cooperative banks at a turning point? Many changes that have occurred in the last years in the economic and social framework make this question quite actual. This special issue argues that the new reality created by the great financial crisis has fostered the development of cooperative banks —at least at the local level— and allowed them to re-establish and even strengthen trust towards the banking system in a period when this was strongly endangered. The crisis has also proved the soundness of many hypotheses expressed by researchers about the behavior of cooperative banks stemming from their governance, business model and specialization, which heavily rely on relationship-based retail banking.

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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 27/10/2012by redazione

World Co-operative Monitor: Explorative report 2012

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) – with the scientific and technical support of Euricse – launched a new project: The World Co-operative Monitor.
Thanks to the support of Crédit Coopératif, the Desjardins Group, the Indian Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), Organização das Cooperativas Brasileiras (OCB), and The Co-operative Group, this project aims to monitor and demonstrate the economic and social impact of the largest cooperative and mutual organizations worldwide. (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 27/06/2012by redazione

Cooperatives and s.p.a. corporations in Trentino compared: value added and income generated from 2006-2010

In recent years various scholars and representatives of important institutions have sustained that cooperatives have responded better to the crisis than other forms of enterprises. The resiliency of the cooperative model has been interpreted as the consequence of their different nature, in particular their orientation towards the satisfaction of a need rather than the distribution of profits. This particularity, it is suggested, pushes cooperatives to maintain production levels even under conditions of reduced or negative revenue. (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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