COPA – The European agricultural union: The European agricultural union was created in 1958 to represent the interests of the agricultural sector, maintain and develop relations with the European Economic Community authorities and other partners at European level, as well as to examine matters related to the development of the Common Agricultural Policy. COPA enjoys privileged relations with many organisations beyond the European Union’s frontiers. Whether these organisations are national or international, agricultural or general, the aim of these relations is the same: to strengthen dialogue with all actors who are relevant to European agriculture.
COGECA – General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives: In 1959, the agricultural cooperatives of the European Community created their European umbrella organisation, COGECA (General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives).
Recently COPA and COGECA have together further reinforced their position as Europe’s strongest farming representative organizations. Since its creation, COGECA has been recognized by the European Institutions as the main representative body and indeed the spokesman for the entire agricultural and fisheries cooperative sector.