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DURING the years passed since 1999 –the Congress of Alicante- until today, we have been able to deepen our knowledge of the issues and problems that arose on that occasion. Consequently, there has been an evolution of the debates since the Congress of Platja d’Aro (April 2000), and the contacts made and kept successively on a European and national level. Thus, it has been clear the need for a new organisation that will really have the possibility of intervening effectively in the problems concerning the life of a pensioner and, consequently, of the elderly, in our society.

 

During those meetings we did not only talked about pensions, but about many subjects concerning health, taxes, social care in general, the integration of the elderly and their active participation in society, using their ability and experience, in order to be able to make their contribution to progress and to our daily tasks.

 

Since all this was clear, we have worked very much in order to get in touch with the organisations which have the goal to defend the rights and interests of the elderly. These rights, as we have said before, are understood in full. The results were manifest in the great attendance of national and European organisations in the Congress that we held in Estepona, 8-15 May 2001, in the International Residence of Savings Banks, with 500 people who came from Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, England and Sweden.

 

From Italy, we had the participation of USPUR, with its National Secretary, professor Antonino Liberatore, who is also the President of the Committee of Initiatives for the Defense of Security, which includes 46 associations with 800.000 members, among which there is the Federation of Credit Pensioners (Italy). From Spain, we enjoyed the presence of the President of ASPUR (University Professors), Professor Francisco Sanabria Celis, and the president of CEOMA (Spanish Confederation of Organisations of the Elderly), Mr. Eduardo Rodríguez Rovira. From France, we had the participation of the Manager of CFR (French Confederation of Pensioners, with 2 million members), Mr. René Leterre –who, besides, is a member of the Social and Economic Council, the third National Assembly after the Congress and the Senate– also the president of the National Federation of Pensioners from Savings Banks. As international representatives, the Congress was attended by Doctor Giuseppe Bertoldi, president of FIAPA (International Federation of Associations of the Elderly). The opening speech and common subjects of the meeting were about AGE, the European platform of the elderly, organised in Brussels. PEOS (European Platform of Organisations of Senior), FIAPA and Eurolink AGE are already members of AGE.

 

As said above, the conclusion of the Congress did not refer only to an increase in activities in order to improve the rights of the elderly, and consequently of pensioners, but we concluded also that we need to intensify those activities in order to obtain the recognition, wide and definitive, of our rights -through organisations that have been democratically created-, to participate and play a significant role everywhere their problems are being discussed. These conclusions have been accepted by the Assembly of the European Group of Pensioners from Savings Banks, Banks and Similar Entities, that voted in favour of becoming a member of the platform AGE. The Assembly chose also its vicepresident, Franco Salza, as its representative before the European Platform.

 

Lastly, we have to emphasize the fact that becoming a member of such a big platform, in contents and aims as well, does not mean a diminution, as far as Italy is concerned, of the attention paid to prevention problems that, unfortunately, are always present. Among these, there are dialogue problems and different interests (sometimes only of a demagogic nature) with syndical associations that absolutely reject the recognition of the right of pensioners, who establish their own organisations, to participate equally in the decision-making that concerns them.

 

That is why our hope and activities are now focused on strengthening ourselves as a real force in society, with the possibility of participating, according to our experience and skills, regardless of individual conditions, in the forums that will require a democratic and a real representation, recognition, respect, and intergenerational solidarity, in order to be considered as full-right, and not part-right, citizens.

 

 

Franco Salza

President of the

Association of Pensioners

from Savings Banks

from Torino National

Syndical Federation

of Credit Pensioners