XVII Spanish Federation
THE XVII National Convention
of the Federation of the Spanish Confederate Savings Banks Pensioners and
Retired Staff Associations was held in Marbella from the 6th to
the 8th of
March, 2007. The General Assembly was held on the 7th of March in the
conference room at the Aparthotel Caledonia Golf in Marbella. It was
attended by 70 people representing 16 Associations as well as another 262
people who took part in the recreational activities.
The convention was opened by
the Federation's President, Mrs Maria Victoria Lopesino, who welcomed
and gave thanks to all those attending. She made a point of highlighting
the united spirit that prevails within the Federation and stated that the power
of the vote is a symbol of our presence in society, one which is needed to
defend both our own rights and those of elderly people, she emphasized that
our slogan must be, 'live a quality life'.
The points on the Agenda
were then discussed.
• The minutes from the
previous Assembly held in La Coruña in May. 2006 were unanimously approved.
Antonio Lozano, Treasurer of the Federation, presented the financial
report with the 2006 balance sheet and income statement as well as the budget
for the financial year 2007. They were unanimously
• The Executive Vice president of the
pean Group, José Roberto
López, stated that the web site which is completely operative was presented in
Benidorm in 2006. It contains all the articles from the November 2006 EuroMeetings
Magazine as well as those from the previous editions: the whole 11 edition
collection. The web site also includes the papers and communiqués that were
presented in the 2006 Euromeeting, these include the conclusions made about the
Law on Disability. The Executive Vice President gave all the Associations access
to the web site, inviting them to visit it and make any suggestions for
improvement that they thought might be appropriate. He went on to mention that
the first Euromeeting abroad would be held on the Island of Sicily from the
20th to the 27th of April, and also talked about the arrangements for the next
meeting to be held on the island of Sardinia in 2008. He concluded his speech by
reminding all the participants that the European Group, made up of all the
Associations and Federations was founded in 1993 thanks to the hard work, effort
and perseverance of the Spanish Federation, at that time chaired by Mr
Francisco Bernabeu Penalva.
After this the President
announced a future reform on the Law on the Saving ´s Banks Board, of Directors
going on to say that the oliticians influence within the governing odies would
hopefully be reduced to 33% and mentioned that the Autonomous Region of Galicia
only has 25% in the General Assembly.
Mr. Manuel Berzal Lobo,
President of the Retired Staff of the Segovia Saving's Bank Association was the
next to speak in the conference. He talked about his Association's
experience to get representation within his Saving's Bank Governing Bodies. They
currently have two representatives on the Board of Directors and one on the
To conclude, the President
informed listeners about the formal Convention Dinner in which Mr. Vignau
Azcárate, ex-president of the Guipúzcoa Pensioners Association, KUTXA,
would be awarded the Federation Gold Medal for all his hard work and effort
spent on our federal organization.