A SWEDISH PROPOSAL TO RENEWAL OF CO-OPERATION AT
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
IN connection with the annual meeting with the Group of
European Retired Staff and Pensioners from Savings Banks, Banks and Related
Institutions, this time in Sciacca in Sicily 20-27th of April 2007, I myself
made a proposal to the Board from Swedish point of view about a renewal of
co-operation at the General Assembly.
The proposal mean that instead of Board members
introducing their point of view about pensions- and common conditions for
elderly people in separate countries, a panel of experts, so called outside
keynote speakers, should replace them. The keynote speakers should give
their view about the character and importance of pensions for elderly people's
economy and living conditions of today as well as their view about the future
development of the pension systems.
The panel shall consist of, let us say, 4-5 persons from
different countries, well known and holding a leading position in these
areas. In that way it would be possible to, in advance, provide the media
in each country with the basis for their participation and create publicity
around our organisation. My belief is that it should be possible to have the
travel expenses paid for by the interest organisation that the participator
represents while our own organisation would pay for accommodation and
From a Swedish point of view we want to propose
Göran Collert as one panel member. He is the former CEO of Förenings Sparbanken,
nowadays Swedbank, in addition he is chairman in the Board of the Savings Banks
Institutions Pension Fund (SPK), who today pay our annual fees to the Group.
Furthermore Barry Ingham, as representative for the U.K. interests, has given a
proposal of another panel member, Professor Alan Walker, Patron of the
National Pensioners Convention in the U.K.
If it for expense reasons is not possible to realize an annual
expert panel at once, it could as a start be possible to invite one or two
persons a year. They would then be provided with generous time to present their
messages for the General Assembly followed by questions from the