MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF
I have decided
not to seek the renewal of my mandate as a member of the Board of Director of
the European Group of Retired Staff from Saving Banks.
1993, year during which our Association was welcomed in Brussels by the European
Commission, the environment, the techniques, and the working methods have
developed in a spectacular way. It was then necessary to free up some space for
younger people more able to think and find solutions to the new problems.
But before leaving, I would like to pay my respect, with gratitude and
emotion, to some of the men who contributed to the birth and life of the
First of all, Francisco Bernabeu Penalva, the Founding President of the
Group, who managed, thanks to his tenacity, to gather all the good wills and lay
the foundation of the Group.
Then, José Lidon Meseguer, who succeeded him as President. He was the
real architect of the development of the Group, he endowed it with solid
structures and prepared it to face the future. Without those men, the Group
would definitely not exist today.
I want to pay a
special tribute to José Lopez Martinez, who succeeded them and put new life to
the Group, thanks to his working methods, by combining rigor of modernity and
respect of tradition. He was re-elected President and there is no doubt that the
motivated and united team which he will rally around him will help strengthen
the efficiency of the Group's actions.
I would also like to reaffirm our friendship, and I may not forget
another friend, who is absent today, Franco Salza, whose humanist spirit and
elevation of mind brought to the Group what Bergson called “a supplement of the
soul”. I hope he will be back with us soon.
Also, my thoughts go to Roger Miralgo, one of the Group founding members,
who worked with faith, enthusiasm and determination to make the Group be known
in France and to pass on a very
important European message to the French Federation.
I leave because I did not want to fulfil a mandate too many; mainly
because there are motivated, hard-working successors who are ready to push
I only have pleasant memories of my working years in the Group. And I
want to express all the pleasure I feel for having shared those moments of
happiness with my colleagues of the Board of Director.
I am still really attached to the Group, which life is absolutely
necessary both as far as thinking and acting are concerned.
Men pass by, but the Group remains and I hope that the
« Euromeetings » will still be a meeting place, which gathers us every
year in a spirit of friendship, heartiness and work.
In a social environment which is not particularly kind to us, we must not
slacken our efforts since, as it was written by the French writer Georges
Bernanos: « We do not suffer the future, we make
Thanks to everyone.
Albufeira, 5th of April