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Exploring cooperative movements in Italy and Australia

23 Feb 2010

Opened by the Italian Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Gian Ludovico De Martino Di Monetgiordano the symposium explored the contribution that cooperatives have made to social and economic life in both Italy and Australia.

Held over three days, it discussed the theme, "The Past, Present and The Potential," of the cooperative movement which dates back to 1854 in Italy.

Cooperatives are associations of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. They are a major component of Italy's national economy and the main provider of social services in Italy today.

President of EURICSE, Professor Borzaga from Trento University made the opening address for the symposium which also brought together representatives from credit unions, the ACTU and retail cooperative sector.

The symposium signals the first joint collaboration between the European Research Institute for Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE) at Trento University, Italy and the newest research group in the Faculty of Economics and Business, the Co-operative Research Group (CRG).

Co-directors of the CRG, Professor Greg Patmore, Pro Dean at the Faculty and Dr Leanne Cutcher hope that the symposium marks the beginning of more joint research activities between the two groups.

Left to Right: Dr Latteri (Italian Consul General to NSW); Prof. Borzaga (Trento University and President of EURICSE), H.E. Gian Ludovico De Martino Di Monetgiordano (Italian Ambassador to Australia), Prof. Greg Patmore (Co-Director of CRG at Faculty of Business and Economics), Dr Leanne Cutcher (Co-Director of CRG at Faculty of Business and Economics).