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Giuliano Poletti was born in Imola on November 19, 1951. He is married and father of two sons.
He is an agricultural expert and started his professional career in this sector when he was 19 years old. Till 1990, he was President of ESAVE (an Emilia-Romagna Regional body devoted to research and promotion of enology and wine-growing).
In 1975, he was elected member of the Imola City Council and held the position of Councillor responsible for economic activities. He was also elected member in the Provincial Council of the district of Bologna.
From 1989 to 2000, Mr. Poletti was President of Legacoop Imola. From 2000 to 2002, he held the position of President of Legacoop Emilia-Romagna Region and Vice President of Legacoop, at the national level. He was also President of EFESO (Training Institute of Legacoop Emilia Romagna). In November 2002, Mr. Poletti was elected President of Legacoop, a position that he still holds as he was re-elected by the Legacoop Congresses held in 2007 and 2011. Since 2006, has been President of Coopfond.
Since January 2012, he has held the position of Co-President of the Alliance of the Italian Co-operatives.
Founded in 1886, Legacoop, Lega Nazionale delle Cooperative e Mutue, (National League of Cooperatives and Mutuals) is the oldest Italian cooperative organization.
Legacoop promotes the development of cooperation and mutuality, the economic and solidarity relations of its member cooperatives and encourages the spread of cooperative principles and values.
The around 15,000 cooperatives belonging to Legacoop are present in all regions and productive sectors. They can be found in leading positions in sectors such as retailing, construction, agro-food, services and manufacturing. Member cooperatives have also created important companies in the insurance, finance and credit sectors.
Legacoop carries out a role of representation, assistance and protection in the cooperative movement. It also acts as the control and supervision body for its member cooperatives. It guarantees the coordination and orientation of strategies and policies and it establishes and manages relations with the government, the ministries and relevant parliamentary commissions and the political, economic and social forces.
Legacoop’s responsibility also involves preparing the legal issues regarding cooperatives, agreed on with the sector and territorial representatives and undertaking the necessary initiatives for their approval.
Legacoop also coordinates international relations for the member cooperatives, relations with European Union institutions and the management of cooperative industrial relations, also providing support to the various sectors.
The associative structure of Legacoop is divided into autonomous Sector Associations, which organize their cooperatives depending on their sector of activity and Regional and Provincial Legacoops, which are responsible for managing the territory.
Legacoop is member of the International Cooperative Alliance and Cooperatives Europe, the largest European cooperative representative body set up in November 2006 in Manchester.
Legacoop in figures (2010) :
- Member cooperatives: 14,665
- Members: 8,778,327
- Employees: 469,847
- Turnover: € 57,293 million
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