XVIII GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SPANISH
Between May the
26th and May the 28th, the XVIII General Assembly of the
Federation of Associations of Retired Staff and Pensioners of Spanish Affiliated
Saving Banks was held in Valencia (Spain).
The ceremony was held on the 27th in the headquarters of the Bancaja
Foundation that hosted the event.
Sixty people were present,
belonging to 14 Associations out of the 27 affiliated. Non-members were offered a program of
cultural and play activities.
The President of the
Federation, Maria Victoria Lopesino, opened the session, welcomed the people
attending and thanked Bancaja for its help in the organization of this event in
the town of Valencia. Then she started with the agenda
agreed upon in the notice of the meeting.
The minutes of the previous assembly,
held on March the 7th 2007 in Marbella, were approved unanimously. The
General Secretary, Julio Barrera, presented the financial report, which was also
approved. Then, the proposal to increase the subscription by 0,20 Euros for each
member was submitted to vote. It was approved by 12 votes in favor, 1 vote
against and 1 abstention.
The President let speak the
President of the European Group, José Roberto López. He told the members of the
audience that this year was the 15th birthday of the Group, and
informed them that in the documents they received they would find a folder with
a letter of the Group founder and first President, Mr. Fransisco M. Bernabeu
Penalva. In this letter he declares that we should celebrate June the
29th, since the claims submitted at the creation of the Group are
still topical questions and must not be forgotten. The above-mentioned folder
relates the 15 years story of the Group life, the several changes and
transformations that happened inside the Group and more particularly the
creation of the European Working Group (GET). If they consider it necessary, the
General Assemblies of each member country can submit their conclusions to the
The folder also contained the
conclusions of the following assemblies: 2006, the Law about the Dependence in
the Elderly Population; 2007, Durability of the pensions funding;
and 2008, Health discrimination of
the Elderly. He concluded by paying a simple but sincere tribute to the Group
founder Mr. Francisco M. Bernabeu Penalva, and he thanked him for the great work
he has done during the first years of the Group life. The members of the
audience welcomed this tribute by a great applause.
The Assembly accepted the
nomination, by the President of the Federation, of Luis Antonio Tena Orduña,
President of the Association of Retired Staff from Bancaza, as Second
Vicepresident; as well as the awarding of the gold insignia to: Mr. Antonio
Segura Farre, Mr. Luis Antonio Tena Orduña, Mr. Ángel E. García Rubiales and Mr.
Manuel Berzal Lobo. Mr. Miguel Angel Utrillas de Jáuregui, the manager of the
BANCAJA Foundation, also received the gold insignia for his special
collaboration in the organization of this event. The insignias were then delivered.
In the section dedicated to
requests and questions, the possibility of calling on a Legal Service to defend
the cases put in by the affiliated members was considered. Some people also
asked for the cases to be submitted to the Federation through the member
Associations. The proposal was approved and it will apply if a dispute happens,
but not in a permanent way.
Once ended the agenda, the
President of the CEOMA (“Confederación Española de Organizaciones de Mayores”,
Spanish Confederation of Older People Organizations) – which gather more than
1.200.000 affiliated members- Mr. José Luís Meler y de Ugarte, declared that the
union of all retired people from different professions is the only way, in times
of crisis like now, to curb the politicians' will to use the funds assigned to
pay the present and future pensions. The Assembly ended with the speech of
Mr.José Manuel Pérez Gómez, ex- General Director of the Corporation Caja
presented the conference “Attitude and behavior of the elderly in the society”.
He affirmed that it is necessary to have positive attitudes, and that “getting
older in good physical and intellectual conditions must be considered a real
success”, and that we must make the most of our adaptation ability to cope with
the new challenges of the modern society, in order to ensure the best quality of
life to the elderly. He finally quoted the great Azorín: “Getting old is losing
the curiosity for what surrounds us.”
To conclude, it was announced
that steps had been taken for the next Assembly to be held in Sabadell, and Caixa
Sabadell would welcome the event.