AS I said in the bulletin of Euromeeting/98, the
European Association could turn into a massive process, which would be the
World-wide Union of Retired Employees and Pensioners of Savings
Euromeeting/99, which took place in Benidorm (Alicante), showed that this dream
could come true and that with a wider vision we could achieve the World Meeting
which I mentioned before.
To dream is easy, but to
accomplish is more difficult!
the Declaration of Alicante, approved at the International Conference 'A Society
for All Ages', I believe that its content, put into practice, would eliminate
distortions. It would make clear that pensioners of the Savings Banks should
have equal rights in all the Community, so we can all feel we are Europeans. I
think it is a bit difficult to achieve this Utopia, but if we all make a small
effort, we might obtain this goal.
many of those who decide, we, who have white hairs, are called 'old people' and
other names that almost offend me. The names: 'people' or 'gentlemen of age' do
not offend me in any way, but when we are called old people or elderly, I get
the creeps. I usually say that there are the young and the less young, putting
ourselves in this last group. Youth is not measured by years, but by the full
activity and operative capacity of the people.
Portuguese, mostly those of more age, are very sentimental and even our national
song, the Fado, is more felt by us than by the young, for which it is considered
old fashioned. But the Fado affects us so because, normally, it reminds us of
the past, of the time of youth and, for this reason, for us the Fado will never
be old, like we do not want to be! A Portuguese adagio synthesises all I have
written before 'velhos são os trapos' (old are the rags)!
end I declare that the Portuguese Association is united with the European
Association in the 'fight' at a European level, to defend our
of the Board of Directors of ANAC ,Associaçao Nacional dos
de Caixa Geral de Depositos.