Co-operatives play an important role in European business and life:
- 250,000 co-ops in Europe
- Owned by 163 million Europeans
- Employing 5.4 million Europeans
- Over 1 in 3 Europeans are members of co-ops
- Sales of €300 billion in European agri-food related co-ops in 2010.
- Co-ops are recognised by the EU as a ‘key component of European economic life and industry’.