Lehnhoff, the new president of Cooperatives Europe
May 6, 2013
On May 6, 2013 Dirk Lehnhoff was elected president of Cooperatives Europe. The Cooperative Society of Georgia IBERIA together with the members of Cooperatives Europe participated in the elections. Two thirds of delegates voted for the new president as well as the new Board of Cooperatives Europe at the 2013 General Assembly of Cooperatives Europe in Istanbul.
Lehnhoff is currently a member of the Board of Directors of DGRV, the top organization of the German cooperative movement, responsible for the International Relations Department of DGRV.
This 55 year old German lawyer has extensive international experience in cooperative legislation development, and support of different countries such as the Russian Federation, Estonia, Serbia and South Africa. Lehnhoff has contributed to the creation of more than 600 new cooperatives, especially in the sector of renewable energy.
After having been elected, the new president expressed his gratitude to all the members, saying: ‘we have to work all together in order to ensure that Cooperatives Europe initiates the general public and political awareness, especially within EU Institutions. We are sincerely grateful to Dame Pauline Green, Etienne Pflimlin and Felice Scalvini for their leadership and consolidation of the European cooperative movement over the last three years’.