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Euro Coop Seminar - The Co-operative Difference: Vision & Strategy


Euro Coop Seminar - "The Co-operative Difference: Vision and Strategy"

Milan, 26 June 2015 

Coop IT

 The European Community of Consumer Co-operatives and Coop Italy are pleased to invite you to a conference presenting the Consumer Co-operative Vision for the Future – from a business, institutional and youth perspective.

With a keynote speech from Patrizia Toia MEP, and invited speakers ranging from the CEOs of some of Europe’s leading consumer co-operatives, to leading academic and youth voices from co-operative movement, this conference promises to be an open and frank debate on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for this growing business model.

We will be examining in further detail:

  •          Co-operatives and the new European Parliament: one year on and looking ahead
  •          Long-term strategies to increase market presence
  •          How to grow the future of the business model from the ground-up
  •          Cross-border co-operation: the Scandinavian example
  •          Two youth projects from Italy and the UK and the lessons to take forward
  •          University co-operative studies in Finland


If you are interested in attending, please let us know by Monday 22 June 2015, at the latest.

We will cover your entrance fee to the EXPO but you will still need to register yourself, we will then reimburse you.

If you have any questions, please contact

Draft programme:


Ms. Rosita Zilli, Euro Coop Deputy Secretary-General


Opening remarks:

Ricardo Bagni, President, Coop Italy Non-Food Consortium (CNNA)


Ms Patrizia Toia, Member of the European Parliament for the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and Rapporteur of the EP Resolution on the contribution of co-operatives to overcoming the crisis:

"Co-operatives and the New European Parliament: 1 year on and Looking Forward"


Panel I  - Consumer Co-operatives 2020: a Different Business, a Different Future


Mr Agustín Markaide, CEO of Eroski (Spain):

“Same Business, Different Model – Growing the Future Bottom Up”




Mr Jan Lundgren, CEO of Coop Trading a/s:

“Cross-Border Co-operation in Scandinavia – the COOP Brand Leads the Way”




Mr Jaanus Vihand, CEO of Coop Estonia: (TBC)

“Co-operatives and Retail Innovations – Empowering Consumers”




Coffee Break


Panel II - Building up the Co-operative Future - Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Leaders


Mr. Matteo Massari, delegate of the Coop Italy’s School of Montelupo (Florence, IT)

“The “Scuola Coop” Contest”


Mr Mark Robinson-Field, National Co-operative & Membership Manager at the Co-operative Group (UK):

“The Truth about Youth project”


Prof. Iiro Jussila, Management of Co-operative Enterprises, LUT School of Business & Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland:

“Promoting Co-operative Studies: the Co-operative Model goes to University”




Conclusive remarks

Mr Duncan Bowdler – President of Euro Coop

*** Interpretation English/Italian and Italian/English will be provided***

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