Views on the future of the mutual sector sought by the European Commission
11th June 2013
The European Commission consultation on the future prospects of mutual societies is due to close at the end of this week (14th June 2013.) The consultation looks at the future of the mutual sector, how obstacles to widening their businesses can be removed and the possible advantages of a proposal for establishing a European Mutual Statute (EMS).
As a leading mutual healthcare provider and member of the Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM), benenden health welcomes this, having previously supported the introduction of an EMS and encourages others to submit their views before the consultation period closes.
Further information on the European Mutual Statute and benenden health’s support for it.
Lawrence Christensen, Marketing Director at benenden health said: ‘As a UK-based mutual we are active supporters of the introduction of a European Mutual Statute, which we believe will greatly help to support and develop the sector.
‘We are particularly keen to see the removal of barriers to success for mutuals and for the provision of greater cross-border opportunities which will allow for the potential of overseas expansion.
‘By improving visibility and legal certainty, mutuals are more likely to succeed and we would actively support progress in this area in order to prevent any further reductions in market share or risk of demutualisations.
‘We welcome this consultation as a positive step towards these aims and would encourage people to submit their views before the deadline.’
The consultation by the European Commission is open until14th June 2013 and views are sought from all public administrations, citizens and organisations. Contributions are particularly sought from Governments (especially relevant Ministries and supervisory authorities), mutual organisations, legal professional associations and individuals who are members of mutuals.