The Central Cooperative Union (CCU) is a national union of the bulgarian consumer cooperations. The members at the Union are: 31 cooperative unions with more than 750 cooperations and 130 000 members-cooperators. In 2015 the Union celebrated 125 years of the establishment of the first cooperation in Bulgaria.
The cooperative business model is built on the principles of the solidarity and the mutual aid and it works entirely in favor of the members and the community. This distinguishes it from the other business structures and determines the cooperations as an important factor of the economy, the social affairs, the sustainable development and the employment in all the regions in the country.
The main activity of the cooperative organizations from the CCU`s system is the commerce. Their own builded trade network includes nearly 800 reconstructed and renewed trade spots COOP who offers quality food merchandises at competitive prices. Among the traditional cooperative activities are also - the industry, the agriculture and the forestry, the redemption of herbs and the tourism. The leading industrial activities are the bottling of mineral water and the production of nonalcoholic drinks, bread and bakery products.
The Central Cooperative Union participates at the Economic and Social Council of the Republic of Bulgaria and also – is a member at series of national representative branch, employer`s and non-governmental organizations as the Bulgarian Economic Chamber, the Bulgarian Commerce-Industrial Chamber, the Union “Made in Bulgaria”, the Union of Nonalcoholic Industry in Bulgaria etc.
А high recognition of the public importance of CCU is the double honoring with the prize “National structure with a contribution to the economic development of Bulgaria” (2004 and 2006) and the Gold sign for the contribution to the bulgarian economic which is served on the Union from the Bulgarian Industrial Chamber, in 2011.
The Union is developing an active international activity at the management of a number of authoritative european and international cooperative organizations, such as: the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), the Consumer Cooperative Worldwide (CCW), the Cooperative Europe – European Region of the ICA (CoopsEurope), the European Community of Consumer Cooperations (Euro Coop) and the European Alliance of the co-purchase of goods (Coop Euro).