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Cooperatives Europe

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Cooperatives Europe is the voice of cooperative enterprises in Europe.

On behalf of its 84 member organisations from 33 European countries across all business sectors it promotes the cooperative business model in Europe.

Its members represent 141 million individual member cooperators owning 176.000 co-operative enterprises and providing jobs to 4.7 million European citizens – a force for economic growth and social change. Cooperatives Europe is the European regional office of the International Co-operative Alliance and acts for cooperative enterprises in Europe.

Cooperatives Europe supports the cooperative way of doing business by:

  1. Advocating for a level playing field between cooperatives and other forms of enterprise.
  2. Increasing the knowledge of the cooperative business model across Europe and beyond.
  3. Facilitating the development of cooperative enterprises.