2023 annual congress in Lübeck

The workshop and general meeting of the Association of German Independent Savings Banks was held from 21 to 24 September 2023 in Lübeck-Travemünde, Germany. In cooperation with the host savings bank, Sparkasse zu Lübeck, the Association of German Independent Savings Banks put together a well-balanced programme for the participants.

The event kicked off on 21 September with the arrival of the guests as well as the executive meeting and the general meeting. On the same evening, the around 100 guests were invited to a gala dinner at the ATLANTIC Grand Hotel Travemünde, during which Dr. Gerhard Brandstätter and Juan José de Vicente Caballero were awarded the Golden Savings Banks Pin for their many years of committed service to the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG).

Jahrestagung 2023

On 22 September, there was a varied and extensive programme for the participants from Germany, representing the five ordinary member institutions, as well as from Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Sweden – the extraordinary members. There were also guests from Spain in attendance.

The event at the SlowDown hotel in Travemünde began with an opening speech by Dr. Tim Nesemann, President of the Association of German Independent Savings Banks, and a welcome address by Frank Schumacher, Chairman of the Sparkasse zu Lübeck Management Board.

The president’s report on current issues and developments relating to all aspects of the Association of German Independent Savings Banks and welcome speeches were followed by expert presentations. Prof. Dr. Stefan Fischer spoke about the “Possibilities and Limits of Artificial Intelligence”. The topic of Consul Bernd Jorkisch’s presentation was “The HanseBelt: Europe’s Largest Infrastructure Project”.

In addition to the presentations, the workshop offered the participants from six European countries in total plenty of opportunities for lively international exchange about current topics. The event was once again rounded off by an attractive programme of supplementary activities offering the chance to get to know the Lübeck-Travemünde region and its highlights.