Benenden joins European call for legal recognition of mutuals
13th October 2015
Benenden’s Group Head of Communications will address a Conference in the European Parliament this week, to support reviving the process to achieve legal recognition of mutuals in the EU.
Paul Keenan will address the event in Brussels as part of an event to showcase how mutuals can help generate better social and economic outcomes, combined with the delivery of high quality services, in a commercially sustainable way. The event is being organised by the International Association of Mutuality (AIM), the umbrella organisation for health mutuals in Europe.
Speaking about the event, Paul Keenan said:
“Three years ago, the most detailed study to date on mutuals in Europe was published. It built a solid basis for mutuals across Europe and led the European Commission to consider a legal recognition through a statute.
This event is the chance for all of us to showcase the commercial value of mutuals and in particular, their increased economic resilience and how they engage with members to provide high quality products and services.”
In his own presentation, Paul Keenan will talk of how mutuality works in practice in the UK and in particular, the role Benenden plays in the UK healthcare system.
“It’s a great opportunity to be able to present at this conference in the European Parliament and to hear from other key speakers about how we can make work to make the legal recognition a reality and enhance their role in the future.
The event is an opportunity for Benenden to communicate directly with Members of the Parliament and the European Commission on issues affecting mutuals. Other speakers will include Nicolas Schmit, the Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy of Luxemburg and MEP’s from across Europe.
The event will also be attended by the Chief Executives of a range of mutuals from across Europe as well as other stakeholders in the social economy sector, including cooperatives and foundations who all share similar concerns.
To read more about the event and the outcomes please visit AIM's website.