Savings banks have been created during the industrial revolution in 19th Century Europe, to offer and economic and social response to the increasing tension between the social layers of society. A such, savings banks have been since their inception integral part of economic and social progress and development. Their socio-political commitment, their regional ties and their business relations, especially with people on lower incomes, small and medium sized enterprises and regional and local authorities, are crucial elements which constitute the identity of European savings banks. The majority of the savings banks which were set up, operated in a geographically limited area.
At this conference, we will demonstrate and emphasize these specific characteristics of European savings banks which makes them essential for Europe’s regions.
Since savings banks are embedded and integrated in society, their role is not only limited to economical and financial activities. Savings banks were also found out of humanitarian and philantropical motives and considerations. At this conference we will also demonstrate that the European savings banks have a deep concern for the public welfare in all its dimensions, in history, today and in the future.
Please visit our website for more details on the conference programme and registrations.
World Savings Banks Institute aisbl /European Savings Banks Group aisbl
Rue Marie-Thérèse, 11
Phone + 32 2 211 11 11; Fax + 32 2 211 11 99
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