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12 months (01/04/2017 - 01/04/2018)

The project at a glance

COOPilot’s objective is to provide innovative responses for youth employment challenges in the European Union, through the promotion of cooperative entrepreneurship.

It will involve all key stakeholders on this issue in the process and the activities of the project, i.e. academic institutions, cooperatives, social economy networks and public authorities. It will start by an identification of needs and constraints in the selected countries for the implementation of training sessions (Malta, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus), where the cooperative movement is less developed.

Then, the partners located in countries where the cooperative movement is well established (France, Italy and Spain) will design appropriate solutions (practical training models and an online course) based on the most adequate approach and methods. The replication’s potential of the outcomes of the preliminary phases of the projects will be tested at the occasion of six training sessions in the above-mentioned selected countries. In the meantime, communication and dissemination actions will pursue the core objective of leaving a lasting legacy for the project, thus raising awareness on the cooperative model, and transferring entrepreneurship knowledge, skills and attitude to trainers and young people.


Reuniting three academic institutions, four social economy actors, two European networks and two public bodies, this proposal’s main objective is to promote efficiently the cooperative model throughout education and training, across EU Member States.
Objective 1: Research and assessment of the ecosystem for cooperatives and entrepreneurship in the host countries for the pilot project.
Objective 2: Following the drafting of the reports, academic and cooperative partners will together create or adapt courses and methods to offer appropriate solutions to targeted countries.
Objective 3: In order to re-use on a wider scale the deliverables, knowledge and skills will be transferred to target groups.


Activity 1: Expression of needs and constraints of host countries for the training sessions;
Activity 2: Research, collection of good practices and national specificities;
Activity 3: Creation, adaptation and improvement of tools, courses, and related documents;
Activity 4: Preparation of training sessions;
Activity 5: organization and implementation of the training sessions, knowledge transfer on how to use training models;
Activity 6: Assessment and recommendations;
Activity 7: Communication and diffusion of the project activities and outcomes.

The above activities are clustered in 5 Work packages:

Work package 1: Project management and coordination

  • Management of the Steering Committees (SC) and internal partnership management;
  • Monitoring of the budget and activities;
  • Constitution of the academic and expert committee;

Expected results:

  • SC1 Brussels, BE;
  • SC2 in Athens, GR;
  • 1 interim technical implementation report and financial statements;
  • 1 final technical implementation report;

package 2: Research - Identification and assessment of beneficiaries’ needs and benchmarking

  • Ensuring a coherent and high-standard collection of existing practices in the field of cooperative education in secondary schools, universities or training centres;
  • European benchmarking research;


  • 5 National notes for expressing needs and constraints in host countries for the pilot training sessions (Greece, Romania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus);
  • 4National notes of collection of ‘good practices’ in countries where the cooperative movement is strong (Belgium, France, Italy, Spain);
  • 1 European benchmarking report;

package 3: Conception of the training models and the MOOC, and preparation for the training sessions

  • Preparation of the materials that will be presented during the pilot testing sessions;
  • Invention of a new training model or adaption of existing training models;
  • Preparation of the training sessions;


  • 3 training models adapted to the specificities of the 5 host countries of the training sessions:
    • Training model for VET students,
    • Training model for business management students,
    • Training model for university scholar (A 15-hour course outline);
  • A MOOC accessible to all EU students;
  • A manual containing explanatory documents for the created courses;
  • A program for the 5 training session with number, duration and the thematic of modules dispatch between the 2 trainers and the host partner;
  • Related documents, materials and manuals for the different training, modules and courses (translated in beneficiaries’ language);

Work package 4
Training sessions

  • Coordinating and monitoring the implementation of 5 events, in 5 different countries;
  • Plan and organize a 2-day seminar in the host country (Slovenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania, Greece);
  • Training stakeholders from the academic sector and the cooperative sector;


  • 5 training sessions in 5 countries;
  • 5 set of recommendations;

Work package 5:
Communication and dissemination

  • Design a coherent communication plan, the project visual identity and the associated tools;
  • Preparing the aftermath of the project: A plan for a sustainable set of resources for other similar training sessions/programs in education curriculum (the aftermath of the project);
  • Propose actions for continuing the promotion of the MOOC after the project has ended;


  • Development and production of specific communication tools (visual identity, graphic chart, website, social media communication plan, templates, web banners, press releases, etc.);
  • Creation of an online platform (website) for the dissemination of tools, promotion of the project, documentations, booklets;
  • Dissemination of the deliverables and project results (mailings, press relations, public relations, etc.);
  • A Guide for the promotion of cooperation in education;


Lead partner: Pour la Solidarite Asbl, Belgium

Other partners:

  1. Association des Agences de la Democratie Locale, France
  2. Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vratsa Sdruzhenie, Bulgaria
  3. Universite de Liege, Belgium
  4. Federazione Trentina della Cooperazione, Italy
  5. Fundacion Escuela Andaluza de Economia Social, Spain
  6. Social Economy Institute, Single-Member Private Capital Company, Greece
  7. Scuola Nazionale Servizi Foundation, Italy
  8. National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania
  9. Authority for Cooperative Societies, Cyprus
  10. Mladinska Zadruga Kreaktor, Z.B.O., Socialno Podjetje, Slovenia

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