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Greece takes the first steps towards the constitution of the National Union of Agricultural Cooperatives
This is a historic claim of Greek cooperatives in order to have a strong representative body, both nationally and internationally.12/14/2020
With the decisive contribution of the Greek Ministry of Agriculture, M. Voridis, the first step was taken for the constitution of the National Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (ETHEAS), a historic decision for the Greek Cooperative Movement.
The Minister of Rural Development and Food, Makis Voridis, after his persistent and continuous personal effort, succeeded in launching the "National Union of Agricultural Cooperatives" (ETHEAS).
After many months of negotiation between the coordinating bodies of the Agrarian Cooperative Organizations of the country, which was personally encouraged and supported by Voridis, on Friday, December 11, 2020, the collection of signatures of the Social Statutes in the Ministry of Rural Development began and Food.
It is noted that cooperatives with more than 51% of the country's total turnover are already represented, a percentage that is defined by law as a condition for the recognition of ETHEAS.
The statute that will be signed defines the framework of the Union and also designates the temporary steering committee that is made up of the following parts:
This particularly important fact is the implementation of the provisions of article 38 of Law 4673/20 which provides for the establishment of a single body, which was a constant and constant request from farmer cooperatives for the establishment of a national coordinating organization of Agricultural Cooperatives. the reunification of the cooperative movement under a single and strong body that will represent them both nationally and internationally.
It should be noted that the above was made possible after the change in the legal framework for the operation of Agricultural Cooperatives, which proceeded with Mr. Voridis and laid a solid and solid foundation for the promotion of Agricultural Cooperatives in modern, competitive and profitable. in order to meet the demands of the modern competitive environment that has developed in the global market.
The most important objectives of ETHEAS as established by the Union itself are:
The Minister welcomed with great satisfaction this historic decision of the Cooperative Unions to unite their voice under this single body that will function as a strong social interlocutor and will become the exclusive interlocutor of the State on matters related to cooperative interest. At the same time, Voridis guaranteed that ETHEAS will have the full support of the Ministry to promote the cooperative movement as a fundamental pillar of the recovery of the rural economy of our country.
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