Many Hands Make Light Work of Crises

International Year of CooperativesOn 26 June, a documentary film “Together – How Cooperatives Show Resilience to the Crisis” was screened in Brussels. The film was produced by CECOP-CICOPA Europe in the framework of the UN-proclaimed International Year of Cooperatives.

We took this opportunity to ask Bruno Roelants, General Secretary of the International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and Service Producers’ Co-operatives (CICOPA), about the importance of cooperatives, especially in times of crisis.


In a short video interview, Mr. Roelants highlighted that in the past few years cooperatives have shown a high level of resilience to the crisis in terms of survival of enterprises, survival of jobs and the capacity to accumulate capital and not to be too indebted.

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The United Nations has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, highlighting their contribution to socio-economic development, particularly their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration.