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Healthy workplaces manage stress – a FERMA partnership

FERMA believes that stress in the workplace is an enterprise risk management issue to be shared with HR and other departments because of its enormous potential consequences for employers, including: Continue reading


FERMA named official partner in European-wide campaign to manage stress at work

FERMA executive director Florence Bindelle said: “As in previous years, FERMA is pleased to have been selected among the partners of the EU-OSHA campaign to improve workplace health and safety. We are aware of the positive effects that tackling psychosocial risks can have on overall business performance, particularly long-term sustainability and social responsibility. Some FERMA members have launched initiatives to work closely with human resources directors to define risk indicators.” Continue reading


Letter from Brussels

Florence Bindelle, Executive Manager

Florence Bindelle, Executive Manager

The way that EU regulations develop from proposals or green papers into directives some years later is far from transparent and can be very messy. Knowing how to represent the views of risk managers in the right place and at the right time is something that FERMA takes very seriously.

The measures put forward by the EU and its various institutions have an enormous and wide ranging impact on our working lives. Current projects FERMA is monitoring include natural catastrophes, environmental pollution, Solvency II and captives, broker remuneration and the Insurance Medication Directive II, co-insurance and data protection. We are also an official sponsor of the healthy workplaces campaign Working together for risk prevention coordinated by the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work (EU-OHSA).

These are projects which continue to develop, but have been underway for some time. Our aim now is to help our members understand better how EU institutions work. Next year, we’ll be announcing some new ideas, possibly in connection with the general assembly in June.

We ask for our members’ concerns about European matters, primarily through the monthly presidents’ call between FERMA President Jorge Luzzi, and the heads of the national associations. We are also steadily increasing our contacts with EU institutions to raise awareness of FERMA positions, and we join forces with other European associations with similar interests to increase the weight of our views.

We may not make the process of EU law making any tidier but it should be clearer, so the members will be empowered to get their views known where they count.


Working together for risk prevention

EU workplaces are safer and healthier than ever before, but every year there are still nearly 7 million workplace accidents and further millions suffer work related illness. The economic impact is estimated at €490 billion a year – more than half the current cost of the EU’s financial crisis bail-out fund. Continue reading


Letter from Brussels

The passage of European legislation is not fast moving – but at the same time it requires consistent attention to get the views of FERMA’s members to the right people at the right time.
For example, we are waiting for the results of interviews that Ernst & Young are currently conducting on behalf of the European Commission on reinsurance pools and the subscription market. This is part of the Commission’s review of the insurance block exemption regulation (BER), the current version of which is not due to expire until 2017.
More advanced in its progress is the revised Insurance Mediation Directive (IMD) where we are working on a position paper, since the evidence so far is that the Commission does not want to have large risks or professional insurance buyers covered by its provisions. Continue reading


FERMA is an official partner of the new EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012–13 “Working together for risk prevention”

The Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012–13 ‘Working together for risk prevention’ encourages managers, workers and other stakeholders to join forces to improve safety and health.
The Campaign is co-ordinated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), and partners in the EU’s 27 Member States and beyond. Continue reading