European Farmers and European Agri-Cooperatives COPA: The dynamic force of European farmers When COPA (Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations) first started out it had 13 member organisations from the then six Member States. Today COPA is made up of 60 organisations from the countries of the European Union and 36 partner organisations from other European countries such as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. This broad membership allows COPA to represent both the general and specific interests of farmers in the European Union. Since its inception, COPA has been recognised by the Community authorities as the organisation speaking on behalf of the European agricultural sector as a whole. COGECA as a lobby and a platform for inter-cooperative relationships COGECA is involved in shaping and further developing all Community policies that create important framework conditions for cooperative enterprises. COGECA fosters cooperation between cooperative enterprises at European level.