European Parliament pledges support to the European Statutes for Mutuals, Associations and Foundations
The principal organisations representing associations, foundations, and mutual societies at European level have actively campaigned to support the written declaration 84/2010 on establishing European Statutes for Mutuals, Associations and Foundations read English version here.
They welcome Jerzy Buzek's proclamation of the European Parliament's support for European Statutes during the March 2010 plenary session in Strasbourg. The announcement follows the signing of Written Declaration 84/2010 by a majority of MEPs, that was submitted to the European Parliament through cross party support from Regina Bastos (EPP), Marc Tarabella (S&D), Renate Weber (ALDE), Pascal Canfin (Greens-EFA), Marie-Christine Vergiat (GUE-NGL).
Members of European Alliance for the Statute of the European Association (EASEA) celebrate the success of this joint campaign. The successful passing of the Written Declaration is a key step along the road towards giving institutional recognition to the engagement and activism of millions of citizens who freely and voluntarily join together in associations across Europe.
The European Foundation Centre (EFC) welcomes this call from the European Parliament to create a level playing field and secure the diversity of the organisation of economic and social activities in Europe. A European Foundation Statute will allow foundations to develop their full potential in the internal market to address citizens’ needs and well-being and sustainable development.
The Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM) greatly welcomes the EP’s appeal for specific European statutes for mutuals which should give a truly European dimension to their structure, governance and activity. A specific European legal statute for mutuals is an essential tool for their development in the internal market. It should offer European citizens answers for their health and social protection needs, with the full benefits of governance and solidarity principles which are characteristic of mutualism.
AMICE, the Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe, welcomes the recognition by MEPs of the need for diversity of business models in Europe – a diversity particularly important in the provision of financial services. Mutual and cooperative insurers are efficient and competitive players both at international level and within regional and professional networks.”
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