The necessity for a European Mutual Statute highlighted in the European Parliament
3rd October 2014
Yesterday (2nd October 2014), in a positive step for the introduction of a European Mutual Statute, the Italian MEP Patrizia Toia, drew the attention of the European Commissioner designate, Mrs Bieńkowska, (responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), to the necessity of creating a level playing field at European level for mutuals.
The Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM), the umbrella organisation of health mutuals, of which Benenden is a member, today commented on this:
“AIM is glad that the issue of mutual societies’ European legal recognition is once again brought to the table of the European Commission. In January 2014, the Commissioner Tajani announced the launch of a legislative proposal to create a European statute for mutual societies as it already exists for cooperatives. Since then, the development of the proposal seems to be on hold.
“AIM asks the European Commission to provide mutual societies, through a European Mutual Statute, with an adequate legal tool to expand their solidarity based and inclusive model. Mutual benefit societies provide social, health and insurance services to 230 million European citizens, employ approximately 350,000 people across the EU and account for 25% of the insurance market. The governance model used by mutual not-for-profit benefit societies has proven to be especially resilient in time of recession.”
Lawrence Christensen, Group Marketing Director at Benenden said: ‘We are active members of AIM and continue to be strong supporters of a European Mutual Statute. We agree with AIM that this is another positive step forward in drawing the attention of the European Commission to the need for legislative recognition of mutuals.”
Find out more about the European Mutual Statute and benenden health’s support for it.
The Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM) is the umbrella organisation of health mutuals and health insurance funds in Europe and in the world. Through its 59 members from 27 countries, AIM provides health coverage to 230 million people in the world and 160 million in Europe through compulsory and/or complementary health insurance and managing health and social facilities.
For more details visit www.aim-mutual.org