Resolution of Eastern & Central Europe in USSR (1997)

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by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
June, 1997
(Source: ICA Review, Vol.90 No.3, 1997)

     Movements in the Countries of Eastern and Central 
                  Europe and the former USSR
   (Submitted by Centrosoyus of the Russian Federation)

The ICA General Assembly
NOTES that, in many countries of Eastern and Central Europe 
and the former USSR, the national co-operative movements 
Resolution on the Support to Co-operative continue to be in 
serious difficulty due to the transition to the market economy 
which negatively influences the process of stabilisation of the 
economic and social situation in their countries.

The ICA General Assembly 
BELIEVES that in the current circumstances the provision of 
assistance to the national co-operative organisations in Eastern 
and Central Europe and the former USSR in order to correct 
this situation will be of great importance not only for these 
countries but for Europe as well.

For this purpose the ICA General Assembly BELIEVES it necessary:

1.   To consider that relations between co-operative organisations 
      of Western Europe and those of Eastern and Central Europe 
      and the former USSR remain for the coming period one of the 
      priorities in the activities of ICA and ICA-Europe;

2.   To continue to consider that the problem of Corporate 
      Governance and Management Control be one of the priorities 
      of ICA and ICA-Europe, given that the restructuring of 
      governing bodies is still continuing in some countries;

3.   To assist in realising concrete projects by seeking financial 
      resources and participation of technical experts in the 
      development and realisation of projects;

4.   To assist in the introduction of computer technology and 
      electronic communication in the national co-operative 
      organisations of those countries of Eastern and Central 
      Europe and the former USSR where such plans are being 
      developed and carried out;

5.   To provide assistance in the exchange of experience of 
      co-operative organisations working under free market 
      conditions by arranging seminars, conferences, and training 
      courses; by choosing experienced specialists to deliver lectures 
      to teachers and university professors; and to advise workers 
      on practical activities for co-operatives in market economies.