The General Assembly also took a historic decision with the admission of its 20th member – Centrosoyuz Russia. The Central Union of Consumer Societies of the Russian Federation represents 1.500.000 co-operative members organised in 2.200 societies at regional or local level. The Union operates the whopping 40.000 stores, 5.000 restaurants and 2 universities across the country; employs 200.000 people and serves 89.000 settlements.
It is a member of the International Co-operative Alliance since 1903 and a founding member of Cooperatives Europe.
The Euro Coop members unanimously supported the membership request and strongly believe that their admission will make Euro Coop stronger in opening new opportunities for mutual co-operation. The Centrosoyuz delegation was led by Lyudmila Zaitseva - Advisor to the Chairman, who addressed the Assembly by thanking the members for this opportunity. She shared the organsiation’s firm belief that co-operation is the only force which transcends borders and differences of political, economic, cultural and social nature, thus making it a phenomenon for constructive relations which have the power to build a better world.
The CCW / Euro Coop Secretariat warmly congratulates Centrosoyuz and looks forward to working together for the benefit of the European consumer co-operative movement!