Ample space was given also to the Co-operative International Trading Development Fund launched on 2nd July 2022 by the Central England Co-operative (CEC). The Fund’s aim is to support sustainable growth in developing countries. It continues its longstanding commitment to supporting producers and building on over 25 years of leadership in Fairtrade support. CEC appealed to the Euro Coop membership to join forces and support this project and help as many communities as possible move out of poverty. The aim is to fund development initiatives of approximately £1 million over the coming years.
The second part of the day had been dedicated to the visit of Alexandra Nikolakopoulou, Head of Unit "Farm to Fork" within DG SANTE of the EU Commission who introduced the latest developments of the legislative file for Sustainable Food Systems. This session prompted a fruitful exchange among Board members and the Secretariat as to how Euro Coop could contribute to the developments of the framework law on SFS by providing the extensive food retail innovation developed by consumer co-operatives.