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The Voice of Co-operative Banks

The European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB) represents, promotes and defends the common interests of its 28 member institutions and of cooperative banks, with regard to banking as well as to co-operative legislation.

Founded in 1970, today the EACB is a leading professional lobbying association in the European banking industry.

Co-operative banks play a major role in the financial and economic system. Their resilience during the crisis made co-operative banks a key driving force in the economic recovery. With almost 4,000 locally operating banks and 71,000 outlets, they serve more than 215 million customers, mainly consumers, SMEs and communities.

Europe’s co-operative banks represent 56 million members and 850,000 employees and have an average market share of about 20%.


the voice of almost 4,000 co-operative banks, 56 million members and 215 million customers

In the spotlight

READ the papers of the EACB Young Researchers Award WINNERS 2014!

The European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB), in collaboration with its academic think-tank, is pleased to present the winners of the Second EACB Award for Young Researchers on Co-operative Banks. For the full papers of the winners, the call for papers and details about the competition please click on READ MORE.

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March 2014-Roadmap for Co-operative Banks-An Approach that balances Regulation and Stimulation of Local Growth

In light of the European elections and the new mandates of the EU Institutions (2014-2019) starting this year, the European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB) has drawn up a Roadmap of the Co-operative Banks’ concerns and expectations, for an approach that balances regulation and stimulation of local growth. For the full document, please click on READ MORE.

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SEPA is here...are you ready?

For a few years now, mechanisms exist to allow citizens and companies to make payments in euros across Europe as fast, safe and efficient as national payments are today. They have been developed as part of the so called Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA) programme. But, like with the Euro change-over, we all need to make some adjustments in order to be able to use these mechanisms. As of 1st February 2014, European law will make the use of these mechanisms mandatory. It is therefore important to prepare for their use

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The European co-operative banks‘ leaders  members of the EACB representing 3,700 banks in Europe signed the 'Paris Declaration' on June 26th 2013 calling the policy makers to pay more attention to the value and the role of co-operative banks  in financing the real economy and the job creation. For the Paris Declaration, please click on Read More.

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