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Federations operating at national level

Under the umbrella of the DGRV, four specialised federations operate at national level.

The Bundesverband der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken e. V. (BVR – National Association of German Cooperative Banks reg. assoc.). This association supports the cooperative banks.

The Deutscher Raiffeisenverband e. V. (DRV –German Raiffeisen Federation – reg. assoc.). This association supports the rural commodity and service cooperatives, which include cooperative banks with commodity trading; in as far as it is relevant to the concerns and interests of the commodity sector.

The Zentralverband Gewerblicher Verbundgruppen e. V. (ZGV – German Federation of Buying and Marketing Groups – reg. assoc.). This association supports small-scale industry commodity and service cooperatives.

The Zentralverband deutscher Konsumgenossenschaften e. V. (ZdK –Central Federation of German Consumer Cooperatives – reg.assoc.). This association supports its affiliated consumer cooperatives.

The role of the four federations in their respective sectors is to represent the concerns and interests of their members in economic matters and on issues of economic, legal and tax policy in dealings with German authorities and at EU level. They function as a mouthpiece for their members and contribute to the formation of social and political opinion.