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Consultation on the results of the study on the implementation of the Regulation 1435/2003 on the Statute for a European Cooperative Society (SCE)

Policy field(s)

Company law, small and medium enterprises

Target groups

Experts of cooperative law, public authorities, private organisations, industry associations, SMEs, citizens

Period of consultation

From 11.04.2011  to 15.06.2011

Objective of the consultation 

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).

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with. Contributions will be published on the website of the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, unless the contributor objects to publication of the personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm her or his legitimate interests.
In case additional information is needed, the Commission services might contact the respondents.

How to submit your contribution

The answers to the questionnaire should be sent no later than 15/06/2011.

Responses may also be sent by e-mail to:  ENTR-CONSULTATION-SCE@ec.europa.eu . Unless an explicit request is made for confidential treatment, contributions will be treated as documents that the Commission can make public.

 In the interests of transparency, organisations (including, for example, NGOs, trade associations and  commercial enterprises) are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct.
  • If you are a Registered organisation, please indicate the name and address of your organisation and your Register ID number on the first page of your contribution. Your contribution will then be considered as representing the views of your organisation.
  • If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to Register now.
    <>Then return to this page to submit your contribution as a Registered organisation.
  • Responses from organisations not registered will be published separately.

The Commission asks organisations who wish to submit comments in the context of public consultations to provide the Commission and the public at large with information about whom and what they represent. If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission's stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions. (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704, and Communication on ETI Follow-up, see COM (2007) 127 of 21/03/2007).

View the consultation document

View the questionnaire

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Contact details

responsible serviceEuropean Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, Unit F2
e-mailENTR-CONSULTATION-SCE@ec.europa.eu
postal addressEuropean Commission, BREY 05/216, B-1049 Brussels

Number of responses received to this consultation

32 responses were received up to 15 June 2011.

View the contributions

In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

  • List 1: Registered organisations
  • List 2: Non-registered organisations

Results of consultation and next steps

  • Summary of responses pdf - 71 KB [71 KB]
  • Next steps: 
    The results of public consultation together with the findings of the study will serve as a basis for a Commission's report to the European Parliament and Council on its application including proposals for amendments, where appropriate.
    Furthermore the Commission supports the organisation of two conferences on cooperatives in 2012 - the United Nations' International Year of Cooperatives, as follows: in April 2012 in Brussels and in September 2012 in Cyprus under the Cyprian Presidency of the European Union.

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