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The CIRIEC, originally called the “International Center for Research and Information on Collective Economy” (Centre International de Recherches et d'Information sur l'Economie Collective) is an international non-profit organization, formally constituted in 1947 by Professor Edgard Milhaud - professor French economics at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). The history of CIRIEC, however, begins earlier, in 1908, with the foundation by Edgard Milhaud of the magazine “Anais de Economia Coletiva”, and creates the CIRIEC to ensure its continuity. With the active help of Swiss friends, Milhaud kept the CIRIEC in Geneva until 1957, when it was transferred to the city of Liège, Belgium.


Professor Paul Lambert became director of CIRIEC and later its president. After Paul Lambert's death in 1977, Professor Guy Quaden became director of CIRIEC until 1990, when the administration of CIRIEC International began to adopt fixed-term administration of two years. Currently the director is the French Alain Arnauld and the general director is the Belgian Bernard Thiry.


Due to its international nature, academic institutions from Germany, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Spain, France, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Tunisia, Turkey are part of CIRIEC Internacional. More recently (as of 2015), Brazil. In addition to bringing together academics, it also has public companies, cooperatives and mutual institutions as partners - credit unions, insurance and private pensions, which are very common in Europe.


CIRIEC Brasil (symbolic name) has as its official name - Center for Research and Research in Public and Social Economy and was founded on June 13, 2015 and has as president Dimas Alcides Gonçalves, professor of economics at PUC-Campinas and, as vice presidents Daniel Francisco Nagao Menezes, professor of the Graduate Program in Political and Economic Law at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and; Leandro Pereira Morais, professor of economics at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP).


As a mission, CIRIEC seeks, through the structuring, production, dissemination and exchange of research and scientific studies, to develop and support academic works and support for public management, focused on two themes:


a) public services; and

b) Social/Solidarity Economy and Cooperativism.


Both areas are organized in international scientific committees, contributing to these committees more than 350 active specialists, both in their respective universities, study centers, cooperatives; as well as public companies.


The objective of CIRIEC is to promote the search for information, scientific research and the publication of works on sectors and activities aimed at the general interest: public authorities, public services, public companies, cooperatives, self-managed companies, associations and other associations and forms of economy. Social.


To improve the dissemination and sharing of information related to the above mentioned topics, CIRIEC International's collaborating expert body has structured AGORA - http://www.ciriecagora.org, an interactive and collaborative multilingual knowledge tool.


In addition, as an effort to disseminate information, CIRIEC, together with the University of Liège, structured a Documentation Center. The documentation center is open to all CIRIEC members, but also to researchers, professors and students.


CIRIEC International has two types of international events. The International Congresses, which take place in even years, the last ones being in Liège 2018, Reims 2016 and Buenos Aires 2014 (the previous congresses can be found on the CIRIEC International website), whose objective is the political and economic discussion of the directions of the economy and cooperativism in the world, with the participation of the main political authorities of the host country and the main authorities of companies and academic leaders. The next one will be in Valencia, Spain in June 2022.


The second is the International Conference on Research in Social Economy, which takes place in odd-numbered years and, with the last edition taking place in Bucharest, Romania, in 2019. Previous editions were held in Manaus in 2017, Lisbon 2015 and Antwerp in 2013. The next Conference is expected to take place in San José, Costa Rica, in September 2021.


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