To mark the UN declaration of 2012 as International Year of Co-operatives, the Valencian Parliament read out a statement in support of co-operative institutional measures to boost growth.
In Valencia there are nearly 3,000 active co-operatives, employing over 78,000 people and they generate an economic volume of 18,000 billion euros.
On 9 May the Valencian Parliament has released a statement of support for the UN’s IYC, after it was unanimously accepted by all parliamentary groups.
The president of the Parliament and the Board of Spokespersons received a delegation that represented the Valencian co-operatives, led by the Regents of the Confederation of the Co-operatives of Valencia, which showed their willingness to collaborate with the Confederacy and take part in promotional activities.
The institutional statement was to promote the participation of the Valencian co-operatives, through their Confederation, by reflecting on social and economic issues.
It allowed the parliament to be a platform to help improve and expand the tools and resources available to the public in order to promote co-operatives and publicize this way of working to entrepreneurs.
As stated by the President of Confederación de Cooperativas, Emili Villaescusa: "The unanimous decision reflects the support of the Valencian people of a business model deeply rooted and widespread in this area, which includes one in three people in this region.
“It also represents a boost to a unique way of looking at economics, the prevailing attitude of ongoing collaboration, respect and trust in others, as well as pluralism, tolerance and sustainability."
Emili Villaescusa added: "We understand this statement as an acknowledgment of public authorities that co-operatives are an example for equitable wealth creation and employment generation for stable, quality, and we trust that it is a step towards helping increase awareness of the need to promote the co-operative movement."
Since its establishment in 1989, Confederación de Cooperativas is the biggest organisation representing co-operatives in Valencia, and brings together all sectoral federations. During 2012, its challenge is to create conditions which allow people to promote and spread the values of the co-operative, so that it influences the Valencian society and economy, boosting the real economy.