As in the previous annual meetings of FEBEA, also in 2016 the Federation’s General Assembly was organized along with an open day of seminars, dedicated this year to SOCINNOVETHICS: Synergy of Ethical Financing with Social and Technological Innovation. On Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 June, representatives of ethical banks and the European social economy sector gathered in Split, Croatia, at the initiative of FEBEA and its local member Cooperative for Ethical Financing.
The seminar day was opened by the passionate welcome speech of FEBEA Chairman Fabio Salviato, after which Silvana Vujnovic, one of the founders of the future first ethical bank in Croatia, Bozo Petrov, Deputy Prime Minister and Sasa Drezgic Deputy Finance Minister, expressed their support for the establishment of the first Croatian ethical bank “ebanka” by the Cooperative for Ethical Financing.
The conference, divided in different sessions, proposed a reflection on the innovative developments in alternative finance, with the aim of demonstrating the technological innovations that are enabling alternative providers to replace classical banking services and on innovative financial partnerships, with a focus on several concrete ethical projects that could change the world. The conference ended with a discussion on the new challenges of migration in the Mediterranean area, with the aim of presenting innovative initiatives for the development of the Mediterranean area through the support of ethical finance and social economy.
During the General Assembly on Tuesday 7th, FEBEA presented the most significant activities of 2015 and programmes for 2016. The main results of the REAB 2015 were also presented.