Benenden Healthcare to attend major European conference on mutuals
25th September 2012
The leading UK health & wellbeing mutual, Benenden Healthcare Society, is set to make its mark in the European debate on mutuals when representatives attend a major roundtable conference this week.
The future of the European mutual sector and the role of mutual societies in the 21st Century will be discussed during the conference at the European Parliament in Brussels - entitled ‘Mutuals add value to Europe’. The conference will also see the unveiling of the draft outlines for a new European Mutual Society.
Lawrence Christensen, Head of Communications & Strategy – and one of those making the trip - said: “At Benenden Healthcare, mutuality is at the heart of everything we do and we’re hugely proud of our status. We aim to work with other mutuals across the UK and internationally to spread the message that organisations such as ours have a real role to play in the future economy.
“This conference will highlight the crucial role that mutuals such as Benenden Healthcare have and the added-value that they bring to society. We’re looking forward to seeing the draft report relating to the potential for a European Mutual Society and aim to be part of the discussion on the future for the European mutual sector.”
The conference, which has been collaboratively organised by the Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM) and Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe (AMICE), will take place on Wednesday 26th September, led by Luigi Berlinguer, Member of the European Parliament (S&D).
At the conference, Luigi Berlinguer will reveal for the first time, the broad outline of the European Parliament draft initiative report on the Statute for a European mutual. The report, created at the request of the European Commission, will highlight the current status and future prospects of the mutual sector in Europe.
The conference will focus on the social role of mutuals and the economic weight they currently have across Europe. Discussion panels on a variety of issues effecting the mutual sector will take place throughout the day and will be chaired by MEPs such as Klaus-Heiner Lehne, (President of the Committee on Legal Affairs) and Regina Bastos, (Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs).
Delegates will also hear the opinion of Mr. Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, as well as of the representatives of AIM and AMICE on the future of European mutuality.