Who we are
About our federation
REScoop.eu is the European federation for renewable energy cooperatives. We are a growing network of 1,500 European REScoops and their 1,000,000 citizens.
Through REScoop.eu, we wish to make our voices heard in the European energy debate. Citizens after all are the ones who will be paying for the transition to a more sustainable energy system. REScoop.eu empowers them and wants to achieve energy democracy. Our federation has four well-defined objectives:
REScoop.eu was legally set up in 2013 as a Belgian non-profit association. Although officially based in Brussels, our premises are located in Berchem (Belgium). We currently employ 7 staff members.
The board of directors is elected by the general assembly for 4-year terms. Members are eligible for re-election. The board takes important decisions related to policy, strategy and organisational planning. Board members control the budgets and supervise the coordinator. Their decisions are taken by absolute majority. The board currently consists of 8 members:
The general assembly includes all of our members, both full members and associate members. Full members have voting rights and are either individual REScoops or national or regional federations. Associate members do not have voting rights and are non-governmental organisations, related associations, companies or individual citizens. The general assembly respects the democratic voting principle of “one member, one vote”, and decisions are always taken by absolute majority.
REScoop.eu is a sector association of Cooperatives Europe, the European branch of the International Cooperative Alliance. Cooperatives Europe represents the voice of 160,000 cooperative enterprises and their 123 million members. European cooperatives provide sustainable jobs to 5.4 million citizens. We also support the Climate Action Network.
The present charter defines the shared ethical values and vision for the future of our consortium of renewable energy cooperatives (REScoops), federations of REScoops and cooperative, local energy agencies, academic partners and sustainability agencies.
This charter is meant as a set of guiding principles for future REScoops but does not exclude the establishment of their own principles based on their local values.