Cooperatives Europe General Assembly, 20th April 2016, Brussels, Belgium
Also celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Cooperatives Europe in its current format
The Official Opening covered an award ceremony with both Dame Pauline Green and Etienne Pflimlin being recognised for their work in the creation of the organisation in its current format.
The Opening went on to have a member exchange on the current refugee challenge in Europe with the guest speaker being Mr Stelios Kouloglou, Greek MEP, Vice Chair of Development Committee
The General Assembly itself commenced with a review on ‘Where we were 10 years ago and where we are now’ with Introduction and Moderation by CE President Dirk Lehnhoff:
Panel members were:
Ben Reid, CEO, The Midcounties Co-operative, UK
Mrs Hilde Vernaillen, Febecoop, Belgium
Mrs Anne Santamaki, SOK, Finland
Mr Etienne Pflimlin, Crédit Mutuel, France
Mr Özgur Öner, GdW, Germany
Mr Rosario Altieri, Alliance of Italian Coopertives, Italy
Mr Juan Antonio Pereno, COCETA, Spain
Mr Marten Lilja, Riksbyggen, Sweden
When asked, Mr Ben Reid stated that, through his engagement with Cooperatives Europe he was then able to address the European Commission on Energy. Ramsey Dunning from Midcounties Co-operative Energy Group was also present. It was thought by members of the audience that Ben had given the most tangible, practical example of why engagement with our European Apex was so important.