The Euro elections are looming, and in preparation Cooperatives Europe has launched a Cooperative Manifesto. A very cheerful document it is too, complete with photos of a cooperative orchestra, what looks like a cooperative stained glass studio and – inevitably – a cooperative grocery store.
The manifesto presents a four-point vision of Europe: one focused on a real economy which serves people’s needs and aspirations rather than financial markets, one which allows a diverse range of business models to flourish, one in which young people are equipped to realise their entrepreneurial aspirations and one which supports the start-up and growth of people-centred businesses. This gets my vote, I think.
The manifesto is here.