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European Cooperative Society. ITS INTEREST IN CO-OPERATIVE PRACTICE - Sociedad Cooperativa Europea. SU INTERÉS EN LA PRÁCTICA COOPERATIVA (Inglés) - Sozietate Kooperatibo Europarra. KOOPERATIBEN ERREALITATERAKO ONURAK (Ingelesez)

European Cooperative Society. ITS INTEREST IN CO-OPERATIVE PRACTICE - Sociedad Cooperativa Europea. SU INTERÉS EN LA PRÁCTICA COOPERATIVA (Inglés) - Sozietate Kooperatibo Europarra. KOOPERATIBEN ERREALITATERAKO ONURAK (Ingelesez)

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08/18/2014

 
 
September 20
 2011
 
European Cooperative Society ITS INTEREST IN CO-OPERATIVE PRACTICE 
 
Sociedad Cooperativa EuropeaSU INTERÉS EN LA PRÁCTICACOOPERATIVA(inglés)
 
Sozietate Kooperatibo EuroparraKOOPERATIBEN ERREALITATERAKOONURAK (ingelesez)
Working Paper(Non-professional translation)
 
As a Working Paper, it doesn´t reflect any institutional position or opinion of EKAI Center.Las opiniones recogidas en este documento no comprometen en ningún caso a las entidades colaboradoras 
Ekai CenterInnovating Public PolicyGaraia Innovation Centre, 20500 Mondragon (Spain)www.ekaicenter.eu
 
 
European Cooperative SocietyITS INTEREST IN CO-OPERATIVE PRACTICE
EKAI Center
Garaia Innovation Centre,20500 Mondragon (Spain)Tel: +34 943 250104e-mail:info@ekaicenter.eu www.ekaicenter.eu
 
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On the European Cooperative Society and its interest in the co-operativepractice:
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After 8 years since the adoption in 2003 of the Regulation on theStatute for a European Cooperative Society and once approved thearrangements for its implementation in the European Union states(in Spain, through Law 3 / 2011 of 3 March), it is becoming urgent ananalysis that goes beyond the conceptual and symbolic interest of this new form of company to deepen in the practical advantages thatit could mean for people interested in making use of it, as anecessary basis to advance -if necessary- in policies adequate toboost the use of this legal form in the member states of the Union.
2.
A first consequence of the implementation of the SCE has been that,from that moment on, all the Member States of the European Uniondo have a co-operative law. This fact, by itself, has been a majorachievement, both symbolic and normative.
3.
The SCE has also meant a leap forward in European terminologyharmonization in the co-operative world. Although these facts are
 
 
European Cooperative SocietyITS INTEREST IN CO-OPERATIVE PRACTICE
EKAI Center
Garaia Innovation Centre,20500 Mondragon (Spain)Tel: +34 943 250104e-mail:info@ekaicenter.eu www.ekaicenter.eu
 
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not always sufficiently appreciated, it is an important factor forfuture cooperative developments in Europe. It is essential that webegin to understand each other. Having a common vocabulary is alsoessential to be able to learn from each other, to understand the legalpractices of other countries, etc.
4.
The European Cooperative Society is also the beginning of theconceptual harmonization of cooperatives in Europe. Theharmonization of legal structures and some basic legal concepts,such as what is a cooperative law, what is a cooperative, capital,statutes, results, etc..
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The SCE has also boosted the improvement of cooperative laws indifferent countries, in order to approach to the content of theStatute. The SCE has already become a challenge for governments,experts and cooperative associations. In several states specificanalysis have been undertaken on the differences between theStatute of the SCE and national cooperative laws of the State, tryingto compare advantages and disadvantages between the two of themand propose
 –
if necessary- the appropriate regulatoryimprovements. Some states have started on this research work, andsome of them have already made specific legal changes as a result.

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