European Association of Co-operative Banks

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European Association of Co-operative Banks
European Association of Cooperative Banks logo.jpg
Legal status International non-profit association
Headquarters Brussels
Official language
English, French, German
Secretary General
Hervé Guider
Key people

C. TALGORN, President

G. HOFMANN,Vice-President
Staff
13
Website www.eacb.coop
Formerly called
Association of Co-operative Savings and Credit Institutions of the E.E.C

The European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB)[1] (GEBC in French), is the leading trade association for the co-operative banking sector with 31 member institutions and co-operative banks located in 24 countries worldwide. As the representative of the world’s largest cooperative banking cluster, the EACB is the voice of 4,200 small, regional and large member banks at European and international levels.

As an international non-profit Association based in Brussels, the EACB is recognised as a key interlocutor for cooperative banks by the regulators and supervisors at EU and International levels. The EACB works together with more than 200 experts from its member organisations. The association represents, promotes and defends the values of the co-operative banking model in Europe and on the global stage.

The EACB has the largest and most comprehensive policy resources for co-operative banks worldwide. These resources as well as important data on the co-operative banking sector are freely available on the EACB website.[2]

Co-operative Banks at a Glance[3][edit]

Co-operative banks serve 205 million customers

Co-operative banks are mutual and private banks, owned by their 78 million members

Co-operative banks share common values and foster local growth and entrepreneurship through their 4,200 regional and local banks,68,000 branches

Co-operative banks employ 860,000 individuals nationally

Co-operative banks manage more than €7 trillion in banking assets

Co-operative banks safeguard €3,5 trillion in deposits

Co-operative banks extend more than €3,9 trillion in loans

Creation[edit]

Following an initiative launched by Mr. Johannes TEICHERT, a first meeting with representatives of the European Commission was held in December 1969 with the aim to create a representative body for credit co-operatives of the 6 EU-member states. Hence the Association of Co-operative Savings and Credit Institutions of the E.E.C. was officially created on October 1, 1970. The first statutes of the Association were signed at the end of 1971 by the following founding members:

  • Caisse Centrale des Associations Agricole Luxembourgeoises
  • Centrale Raiffeisenkas, Leuven Belgium
  • Confédération Nationale du Crédit Mutuel, Paris
  • Coöperatieve Centrale Boerenleenbank, Eindhoven
  • Coöperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Bank, Utrecht
  • Deutsche Genossenschaftskasse, Frankfurt
  • Deutscher Raiffeisenverband, Bonn
  • Ente Nazionale delle Casse Rurale Agrari ed Ente Ausiliari, Rome
  • Fédération Centrale du Crédit Agricole Mutuel, Paris
  • Fédération Nationale du Crédit Agricole, Paris
  • Federazione Italiana dei Consorzi Agrari, Rome
  • Union du Crédit Coopératif, Paris

Structure[edit]

The EACB is a European non-profit association, located and registered in Belgium. It is headed by a President and regulated by the Board and the Executive Committee. The General Manager, Mr. Hervé Guider[4] leads the Secretariat based in Brussels.

The EACB supports the code of conduct on lobbying of the European Commission and is registered in the EU transparency register book[5] (Transparency Book Register 4172526951-19).

The President is elected for 2 years with a mandate, which may be renewed once. He chairs the Board and the Executive Committee. The Board meets 3 to 4 times a year and defines the general policy. The Executive Committee is composed of 39 appointed Members,[6] who endorse recommendations put forward by the Working Groups members.[7] They meet three times a year. The activities of the EACB are articulated around Working Groups and Taskforces,[8] covering topics from banking legislation to customer policy, CSR and Social Affairs.

Overview of the Presidents of the EACB[edit]

1970 – 1977  : President Van Campen, Centrale Coöperatieve Boerenleenbank

1977 – 1981  : President Braun, Crédit Mutuel

1982 – 1986  : President Lardinois, Rabobank Nederland

1986 – 1989  : President Schramm, BVR, Germany

1989 – 1995  : President Barsalou, Crédit Agricole, Paris

1995 – 1999  : President Grüger, BVR Germany

1999 – 2002  : President Meijer, Rabobank Nederland

2002 – 2006  : President Pflimlin, Crédit Mutuel Paris

2006 – 2008  : President Pleister, BVR, Germany

2008 – 2012  : President Moerland,[9] Rabobank Nederland

Since 2012  : President Talgorn,[10] Crédit Agricole S.A.

Overview of the Secretaries General[edit]

1970 - 1982  : Johannes Teichert

1982 – 1996  : Guido Ravoet

1996 – 2001  : Johann-G. von Süsskind

2001 – present : Hervé Guider

Members of the EACB[edit]

Full members[edit]

Country Members
Austria Fachverband der Raiffeisenbanken

Österreichischer Genossenschaftsverband (schulze-Delitzsch)

Bulgaria Central Cooperative Bank
Cyprus Cooperative Central Bank Ltd.
Finland OP Cooperative Financial Group
France Confédération Nationale du Crédit Mutuel

Fédération Nationale du Crédit Agricole

BPCE

Germany Bundesverband der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken - BVR

DZ BANK AG

Greece Association of Co-operative Banks of Greece
Hungary National Federation of Savings Co-operatives
Italy Associazione Nazionale fra le Banche Popolari

Federazione Italiana delle Banche di Credito Co-operativo- Casse Rurali ed Artigiane

Luxembourg Banque Raiffeisen Luxembourg
The Netherlands Rabobank Nederland
Poland Krajowy Zwiazek Bankow Spoldzielczych - KZBS
Portugal FENACAM– Federação Nacional das Caixas de Crédito Agricola Mútuo, F.C.R.L.
Romania Central Co-operatist Bank Creditco-op
Slovenia Deželna banka Slovenije d.d.
Spain Unión Nacional de Cooperativas de Crédito

Banco de Crédito Cooperativo (BCC)

Sweden Landshypotek AB
United Kingdom The Co-operative Bank p.l.c.

Associate Members[edit]

Country Members
Belgium CERA
Canada Desjardins Group
Denmark Nykredit
Japan Norinchukin Bank
Lithuania Lithuanian Central Credit Union
Switzerland Raiffeisen Switzerland
United Kingdom Building Societies Association

Relationship with other European Banking Industry and Co-operatives Representatives[edit]

As the voice of co-operative banks, the EACB maintains close relations with other bodies that regroup certain co-operative banks with the purpose of enhancing business co-operation, such as Unico Banking Group and the Conféderation Internationale des Banques Populaires (CIBP). In addition the EACB is a member of Co-operatives Europe , the umbrella body gathering European and national co-operative organisations and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). The EACB is a founding member of the European Payments Council (EPC), the European Banking Industry Committee (EBIC) and the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG).

Social Media Pages[edit]

The EACB is present on the mainstream social media and can be found for live updates on:

Facebook

Twitter

Youtube

Linkedin

See also[edit]

European Central Bank

European Securities and Market Authorities

European Banking Authority

International Monetary Fund

World Bank Group

EBIC (European Banking Industry Committee)

EFRAG (European Financial Reporting Advisory Group)

EPC (European Payments Council)

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