THE work which I have carried out to obtain
information from the European Savings Banks about the situation of retired
people has give me material and enough reason to be able to make comparisons.
Between different countries there are very different situations, there are
situations of economic and social calm which do not give rise to the setting up
of associations. If these associations are established, there are no conflicts
in the field of social security for retired people. There are also situations
which, on the contrary, are classed as the development of a continuous and
this context we must also make it clear that, in some cases, there is a dialogue
between the companies and the associations, dialogue which is made real with
moral organizational and also financial support.
considerations which are of a general nature convince me of the need to
reinforce our organization as far as possible, with the aim to obtain the
recognition of its existence, both at national and European level. This means
continuous contribution of ideas, supporting any ideas raised, and a continuous
search for new companions, moreover a constant dialogue with similar
organizations of other categories. This of course, means an effort which
requires the dedication of everybody so as to be able to become
European Group cannot survive based merely on annual meetings. Our
activity must seek the active participation of everybody all year long. 'Group'
is not only a name-behind, it must be the dedication of
The situation of retired people and the social
security, although different in every country, presents common aspects nowadays
due to what is referred to national policies which tend to revise the supposed
'welfare state'. This requires special attention to the groups on a national
level and reinforces the need of a common program and the search for support
from the European Union. To this end, the Italian Federation has started
collaborating with a organisation in Brussels: 'EURO CONSULT'. This entity not
only keeps us informed about the latest news related to the subjects of our
interest, but also guarantees representation before the European Community, and
if necessary can exercise 'lobbying' (pressure) in favour of our activities and
aid the solution of our problems. This, of course, brings a series of expenses,
however, it is one more way to advance our proposals.
everything I have mentioned demonstrates what, according to the opinion of my
Italian colleagues and also my opinion, is the main problem: the recognition of
the Associations and Federations, both National and European, as legitimate
representatives of retired people, having the right to participate in all
negotiation which affect the life and rights of elderly
of Associazione Pensionati della Cassa di Risparmio di
Federazione Pensionati del Credito.