09 Dec 2015
Juan Antonio Pedreño, President of the Spanish worker cooperative confederation (COCETA) and of CEPES, the Spanish business confederation of social economy, was unanimously elected President of Social Economy Europe for the next 3 years. CECOP President Luca dal Pozzo has congratulated Pedreño on his win; the two have previously worked together, COCETA being a member of CECOP: “I am convinced that we will continue to work hand in hand to further promote the solutions worker cooperatives, social cooperatives and social economy as a whole can bring to the table for a sustainable and inclusive Europe.”
Social Economy Europe was founded fifteen years ago with the goal to represent the interests of the European social economy, the latter represents 14 million European jobs and 10% of enterprises in Europe. Juan Antonio Pedreño, from the worker cooperative movement in the education sector, acknowledged the work carried out by the former team, who carried out the consolidation of the entity in front of the European institutions. He also thanked the entire European sector for the trust they have put in him and the new team.
“A new exciting new door is opening with lots of challenges ahead leading to the recognition social economy truly deserves” added Pedreño. Beyond the set priorities for this term the new president has also underlined the need to reinforce the relations with the European institutions, and in particular the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Social and Economic Committee, in order to increase the visibility of this business model.