On October 2nd, the National Association of
Retired Workers of the General Deposit Fund (ANAC) held its 12th
national meeting as an effective member of the European Association of Retired
Workers of Savings Banks. The event was sponsored by the General Deposit Fund
(Caixa Geral de Depósitos, CGD).
The meeting was a remarkable excuse to gather together the
commemorative celebrations of the 25th anniversary of ANAC, and at a
national scale, the first centenary of the Portuguese
The schedule of activities was also an excellent opportunity
for our guests (there were 630 of them, according to our registry) to get
together and meet again with old friends, many of which worked side by side
during their careers in the CGD. The program was split in two
In the morning, after the deceased members were remembered
with a minute of silence, Cándido Vintém, president of ANAC, gave the usual
welcome speech for the participants and the activities started in a socially and
culturally participative environment.
There were two outstanding interventions during the meeting:
Dr Enrique de Melo, Director of the General Deposit Fund, praised the activities
developed by ANAC, and Jean Claude Chrétien, vice-president for France in the
European Group, highlighted the importance of the AGE Platform Europe, by
stating that it complements our group in its defence of the elderly. The
activities of AGE in 2009 dealt with the conclusions presented by the European
Group in the general assemblies held during the Euromeetings of 2006, 2008, 2009
We listened carefully to the reading of a speech entitled From the crisis to the opportunity by
our friend José Roberto López, President of the European Group. We look forward
to seeing him recovered from his health problems. The speech dealt with the
attitude that must be taken to the crisis, in order to improve our situation and
not to lose our social bonds. It was highlighted that the manifesto 'Declaration
of Brussels' is still alive since its creation on October 31st 1990.
We also remembered an article published in the magazine Euromeetings, entitled
'together we can, dispersed we are ignored' stressing the fact that if we all
join together, we will be paid attention and our demands will be heard. The
meeting finished with an invitation for all the guests to attend the third
Euromeeting outside Spain, which will be held the 1st to the
8th April 2011
in OLBIA, in the Italian island of
After a lunch livened up with the performances of several
artists, during the evening we enjoyed fado, choirs, dancing and folk
October 2nd was a very special day for all the
participants in this 12th National Meeting provided by the CGD.
Therefore, because of the symbolism of the date it was a memorable demonstration
of the vitality of our group.
Aside from this meeting, an executive committee was held with
J.C. Chretien by means of the documents provided by J.R. López. During the
course of that assembly, the topic proposed for the Euromeeting
Sardinia (Pensions in Europe) was approved unanimously.