What coops want from Europe

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.