The Council Regulation 1435/2003 on the Statute for a European Cooperative Society (Societas Cooperativa Europaea – SCE) provides for some uniform rules on the formation, structure and functioning of an SCE.
It was introduced by the above mentioned Regulation, and Council Directive n° 2003/72/EC supplementing the Regulation and introducing the rules on the involvement of employees of an SCE. Both texts were adopted on 22 July 2003 and were applicable from 18 August 2006.
The Regulation, in its Article 79, requires the Commission to present a report on its application including proposals for amendments, where appropriate, five years after its entry into force. To collect information on this subject the Commission services have launched a study which was finalised in October 2010 (View the consultation document below).
The purpose of this consultation is to allow all stakeholders to provide their views concerning the findings and recommendations of the Study on the implementation of the Regulation 1435/2003 on the Statute for a European Cooperative Society (SCE).