Eesti Hoiu-laenuühistute Liit sai WOCCU assotsieerunud liikmeks
Uuendatud 21 august 2009

The Estonian Union of Credit Cooperatives (EUCC), which represents credit unions in Estonia, has become World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) newest member. At its annual meeting last month in Barcelona, Spain, WOCCU's board of directors unanimously approved EUCC's designation as Affiliate Member, the second in the relatively new WOCCU membership category. 

"We're very pleased to welcome EUCC as a WOCCU member," said Pete Crear, WOCCU president and CEO. "We're seeing a groundswell of credit union activity in Eastern Europe, with more countries finding that the cooperative model provides significant advantages to their citizens."

EUCC, founded in 1999, represents the majority of Estonia's 15 credit unions, which account for 91% of the country's credit union members and 73% of credit union assets. In April 2008, Estonia joined with the Virginia Credit Union League as part of WOCCU's International Partnerships Program. A delegation of Virginia League and credit union representatives visited Estonia last year to review the country's credit union operations and challenges. The two groups will continue working together to address those challenges.

EUCC is only the second credit union association to be named to the new Affiliate category, designed for smaller organizations representing fewer credit unions. Earlier this year, the WOCCU board approved Affiliate membership status for the Azerbaijan Credit Union Association.

"Creating a dues category that enables smaller organizations to join WOCCU helps foster greater growth of the global credit union movement," Crear said. "Broader membership ranks mean more credit union members are being served in more countries worldwide. That's WOCCU's goal, and it is the goal of all our member organizations."

World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. WOCCU promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. WOCCU advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.Worldwide, 54,000 credit unions in 97 countries serve 186 million people. In 2008, World Council's technical assistance programs reached 6.5 million people in 16 countries. Learn more about WOCCU's impact around the world at


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