One more year, it is an honour to represent the German
group in the EUROMEETING.
am going to present a summary of the conclusions from the debate that took place
have discussed about the Association’s development, the relationships that our
Association has with other European associations, and the promotion of a
European Federation for the Elderly.
main goal of this association must be the recruitment of new associates, because
the bigger the group is, the more we will achieve, so we will be able to go to
the European Parliament as just one voice will represent all
are still some social contracts guaranteed in Germany, Spain and Portugal.
However, serious problems will arise in case the Savings Banks would be
privatised, just as it is happening in France, Great Britain, Italy and
of the privatisation of the Savings Banks in Belgium, the situation for the
associates there is indefinite and tense.
Ingham, from the United Kingdom, showed his satisfaction regarding the Alicante
Declaration. The English group belongs to a trade union. However, they are not
members of a political party. The associates try to find organisations which
share the same interests, because the trade unions are not the best way of
association for pensioners.
the United Kingdom, most pensioners are suspicious of the Blair government and
the changers that the European Union will bring. The purchasing of Savings Banks
by Lloyd’s Bank will trigger very negative consequences for employees and
Spain there are 30 pensioner associations. Social justice prevails there, and
pensioners still remember the Savings Banks they worked for with affection.
Because of the reserves kept by the Savings Banks, pensioners reach up to a 100%
of the salary they received when they were active, but it seems this is not
guaranteed for the future.
Savings Banks profits are used in social work, as hospitals, kindergartens, etc.
This means that the Savings Banks get a good advertising and, simultaneously,
they can increase their client portfolio.
are no registered pensioner associations in Germany. However, we try to share
the global idea and help all generations to live in safety and harmony in the
European House. We cannot imagine the German Savings Banks being taken over by
private banks during the next 10-15 years, because their present structure, that
is, the subdivision into Savings Banks, Transfer Institutions, Popular banks and
private banks, should be totally transformed.
think it is our right to exige the guarantee of pensions in order to preserve
our spending power, the protection of our health and to avoid the taking of
decisions without asking our opinion.
cannot trust trade unions because they do not make any profit from the fight for
the pensioner’s rights.
When we finally make all Europe listen to a
strong voice that will represent us all, then the political parties will pay
attention to us.
though the interests are different in each country, it is important to
population is ageing and the birthrate is decreasing, so the funds provisions
for pensioners are also decreasing.
have chosen the right way to develop a European Platform. Likewise, we will make
possible for the people about to reach retirement age to have de chance to
become part of our 'Society for all ages'.
I wish you a good trip back home and I hope you all will be able to attend our
Euromeeting next year, at ISDABE, in Andalucia.
want to thank the members of the organization, Mr. Lidón and Cristina for these
days full of experiences that we have shared. And I want to thank Raffael and
Jessica for interpretation.