CONGRESS of the French
National Federation of Retired Staff from the Savings Banks Group had its 22nd
National Congress in STRASBOURG, 24-26 September 2009, by invitation
of Julien PETER, President of the Federal Region of
Board and the Management Board met on Thursday, and the General Assembly took
place on Friday with the participation of: Mrs. Catherine TRAUTMAN, former
Minister, member of the European Parliament and President of the Commission of
Social Affairs in the European Parliament; Mr. Philippe LESIEUR, Human Resources
Manager of the Financial Group Popular Banks and Savings Banks (BPCE); Mr.
Marion Jacques BERGTOLD, Member of the Board of the Regional Savings Bank of
ALSACE; Mr. Hervé THILLARD, President of the Health Mutuality for the Savings
Banks; Mr. Serge HUBER, President of Caisse Générale de Prévoyance; and Mr.
LELAY, General Manager of Ecureuil
José Roberto LOPEZ, a faithful participant in the French Congresses, did not
attend due to health problems.
There were 200
delegates from the 19 regions, representing the 4,900 members of the Federation.
They discussed specifically, during these two days, issues concerning Social
Protection in this climate of world financial crisis, where uncertainness and
concern play an important role. They debated the threats to pensions, health
care and representation of the elderly as citizens. They discussed particularly
the following issues:
Financial balance in the medium and long term of the retirement
plans, together with the reform of pensions that will take place in
Complementary health protection, especially their concern for the
funding of the sickness sector of Social Security and the future of the
mutuality associations that complement health care.
The citizenship of 12 million French pensioners. The delegates, once
more, demanded the presence of pensioners in all the entities where decisions
concerning them are made.
establishment, last August, of the 2nd French Bank Group, the BCPE, born in the
“marriage” of Popular Banks and Savings Banks, constituted an important moment
during this Congress 2009, because this financial rapprochement causes concern
for the future of the Health Protection of active workers and pensioners of
Savings Banks. Even though the presence of Mr. LESIEUR, Human Resources Manager
of the new Group, did not dispel all fears, it allowed us to draw precisely all
our claims and hopes.
Congress took place in Strasbourg, a historical European city,
headquarters of the European Parliament. The presence of Mrs. TRAUTMAN, former
Minister and member of the European Parliament, and the reception in the City
Hall by Mr. RIES, mayor of STRASBOURG, created debates and influenced
greatly all exchanges about social protection and representation of pensioners
in the European Union.
The letter of
José Roberto LOPEZ, President of the EUROPEAN GROUP, who could not attend the
Congress due to health problems, was very well received by the delegates, who
wanted to wish him a speedy recovery.
Due to the
absence of J.R.LOPEZ, Jean Claude CHRETIEN, Vice-president of the Group, was in
charge of communicating to the Mayor and the Minister the mission of our GROUP
and the AGE Platform. Our Vice-president mentioned the essential contribution of
the GROUP and he summarised the work done in SIACCA, ALBUFEIRA and SANTANDER
concerning the different types of discrimination applied to the
the voting of the resolutions, adopted unanimously by the Assembly (the
resolutions establish the goals of the Federation and the actions that will be
done), the following statement was expressed:
must share the actions of the European Group in order to help achieve solidarity
among the pensioners, and we must take into account the essential problems of
health protection, dependence and representation within the framework of a
European Social Area.
STRASBOURG, 29th September