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Cooperativa Integral Catalana

An Integral Cooperative is a tool to create a grassroots counterpower departing  from self-management, self-organization and direct democracy, and one that would help overcome the actual state of dependency on the structures of the system, towards a scenario of liberty full awareness, free of authority, and in which everyone could flourish under equal conditions and opportunities.

It is a constructive proposal for disobedience and widespread self-managment to rebuild our society in a bottom-up maner (in every field and in an integral way) and recover the affective human relationships of proximity based on trust.
  • Cooperative, as a project practicing the economical and political self-management with the equal participation of all its members. Also, because it takes the same legal form
  • Integral, to bring together all the basic elements of an economy such as production, consumption, funding and a local currency. And at the same time, because it wants to integrate all the activity sectors necessary to survive: food, housing, health, education, energy, transport…
  • Catalan because it is organized and works mainly in the territorial scope of  Catalonia.
The legal frame of the Integral cooperatives. Protecting the self-managment from the effect of the bank and the State.
In Spain there are two levels of legislation for the cooperative law: state laws and its corresponding autonomous laws (almost one for each autonomous community)
Protected by this legislation, we build cooperatives, which is the most adaptable legal entity that exists and at the same time the most consistent with our objectives:
  • Allows the  limitation of liability (individual debts of the associates cannot be claimed from the cooperatives and the debts of the cooperative cannot be claimed from the associates)
  • The rules and the internal regime help protect the horizontal way of working based on assemblies, from the state control
  • Allows the existence of different kind of associates, according to individual and collective necessities, and depending on the periodicity and the payment of the fees, which are not necessarily monetary
  • Generates social capital with the contribution of the associates, which can be refunded within a period of 5 years from the moment they are requested
  • Helps protect the economical activity between associates
  • Allows external economical activity developement as it has a Taxpayer Identification Number (NIF) which can be used to issue bills for external agents outside the cooperative
  • Serves for the legal registration of properties through rental, concession or purchase contracts, to promote self-managed collectives and community life projects, their protection from private propierty and promotion of collectivization
  • Allows the coexistence of service, consumption, working associates and volunteers at the same time.