Today, the Coops Europe General Assembly kicked off. We would have loved to be there and actively participate. Well, we were not. Just because senior officials at Koperattivi Malta, your hosts, made sure that the Malta Co-operative Federation, set up in 2012 to provide a much-needed impetus into a moribund Maltese Co-operative movement, was denied all funding for four full years. This meant working solely with volunteers and without the possibility of becoming members in ICA, Coops Europe and CECOP; hence our absence.
We have been in contact with you for the past couple of days. We would like to thank all those who have made contact with us, either online, by phone or face to face. It is heartening to see that when it comes to injustice, co-operatives make a stand.
We still need your help. We need you to help us put pressure to make things right. Koperattivi Malta officials need to realise that true co-operation happens through respect, ethical action and work based on principles. We need to make it clear that notwithstanding the promises and the nice words, progress has been unacceptably slow.
The potential for the co-operative movement in Malta is huge. We need a push to make this a reality. All we are asking is for justice to be done and both Federations be equitably treated. Your support can really make this happen.
Yours in co-operation,