(Source: ICA Review, Vol.91 No.2 - Annual Report 1997-1998, pp. 64
During 1997, the following activities were carried out:
Ehi Seminar on Retail Trade:
The Seminar was held with the EuroHandelsinstitut e.V. in Cologne in the shape of a training course for our Hungarian, Slovakian and other members. It was focused on an update in retailing.
Two of the INTERCOOP working groups get secretarial support from ICA. The Food Laboratories Group had a meeting in England and the Working Group on Green Issues and Ethics is now involved in the preparation of the seminar on fair trade, to be held 1998.
The Caucasus Project:
One new activity decided by the INTERCOOP Members' Meeting last September was to support the transition of consumer co-ops in the Caucasus region. The joint organisation of the consumer co-ops in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbidjan, Consuminter, based in Moscow, has agreed to help with the preparations.
We have also got ICA as a partner. The intention is to use the experience of our Hungarian and Slovakian members, both of which have passed the most important steps of transition from planned to market economy.
Collaboration with ICCO
Several discussions were held in 1997 with the Chairman of ICCO, the International Consumer Co-operative Organsation, resulting in an agreement to collaborate around activities in 1998. The ultimate target is to take even further steps in this collaboration.
The INTERCOOP Members' Meeting on 17 September 1997 decided to close the Secretariat in Copenhagen and approved that the ICA Secretariat takes over some of the duties. Ole Dueholm resigned as secretary and was replaced by Mats Ahnlund.