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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 31 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 4,200 locally operating banks and 68,000 outlets, they serve 205 million customers, mainly consumers, SMEs and communities.

Europe’s co-operative banks represent 78 million members and 860,000 employees and have an average market share of about 20%.


The voice of 4,200 co-operative banks, 81 million members and 205 million customers

In the spotlight

A Snapshot of European Co-operative Banking, TIAS School for Business & Society


The EACB is pleased to announce the launch of a new publication entitled “A snapshot of Co-operative Banks in Europe” by TIAS School for Business and Society at Tilburg University. The publication reviews developments in the overall performance of 15 co-operative banking groups in 10 European countries. The average performance is compared to that of the entire banking sector in same countries. For the full document, pleaseclick on READ MORE.

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Call for Papers- 4th EACB Award for Young Researchers on Co-operative Banks

The European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB), in collaboration with its academic think-tank, is pleased to announce the publication of the Call for Papers containing the criteria for application, the selection procedure and the research topics for the Fourth edition of the EACB Young Researchers Award. For further information, please click on READ MORE.

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BANKING UNION : The new milestone for European Economic and Monetary Union

In 2012 the Member States agreed to a historical step of creating a Banking Union.  Its foundation is the new regulatory framework with common rules for banks in all 28 Member States, the single rulebook. A single supervisory and single resolution framework will ensure common implementation of those rules in the Eurozone (18 countries). For more information, click on READ MORE.


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