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238. TOGETHER. How cooperatives show resilience to the crisis.

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Coop Name: CECOP-CICOPA Europe – The European Confederation of cooperatives and worker-owned enterprises in industry and services N° of Employees: 6
City: Brussels N° of Members: 29
Country: Belgium Year of formation: 1979
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CECOP – CICOPA Europe is the European Confederation of Worker Cooperatives, Social Cooperatives and Social and Participative Enterprises. It groups national organisations in 16 countries which in turn affiliate over 50.000 cooperative and participative enterprises in industry and services, the vast majority being SMEs, and employing 1.4 million workers across Europe. Most of them are characterised by the fact that the employees in their majority are member-owners, while some of them are second-degree enterprises for SMEs. Furthermore, around 4.000 of those enterprises are specialised in the reintegration of disadvantaged and marginalised workers (disabled, long-term unemployed, ex-prisoners, addicts, etc).

This video contains some extracts from TOGETHER the new documentary produced by CECOP – CICOPA Europe. TOGETHER. How cooperatives show resilience to the crisis – premiered on the 26th of June 2012 in the European Economic and Social Committee. The documentary shows the resilience of the cooperatives and participative enterprises in industry and services to the crisis. The film brings forward emblematic examples of restructuring measures by cooperatives in four European countries: the Foundry de l’Aisne, an enterprise in crisis transformed into a cooperative in France, the MONDRAGON Corporation, the 7th largest industrial group in Spain, Muszynianka, a producer of mineral water in Poland and Consorzio SIS, a social cooperative consortium in Italy. More information can be found at: together-thedocumentary.coop To watch the film in SPANISH, visit: http://vimeo.com/52848907 and to watch the film in ITALIAN, visit: http://vimeo.com/52456075

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