National Initiatives to Drive the Evolution of the Cooperative Banking Sector

  • Hans GroeneveldEmail author
  • Roberto Di Salvo
  • Juan Sergio Lopez
  • Francesco Di Leo


This chapter presents the major reforms undertaken in the cooperative banking sector from the beginning of the Great Crisis to date. To do that, the case of Rabobank in the Netherlands is first discussed. Then, the recent reforms occurred in Italy affecting the major Banche Popolari and the system of Banche di Credito Cooperativo are analysed. Finally, the other main initiatives in Europe are summarised. Overall, the analysis shows that a strong national-level dimension is implied in the transformation of cooperative banks, mainly as a consequence of national-level legislation ruling the cooperative models and of country-specific market conditions.


Cooperative banks Rabobank reform Reform of Banche Popolari Reform of BCCs Banks rescue packages Great Crisis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Groeneveld
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Roberto Di Salvo
    • 3
    • 4
  • Juan Sergio Lopez
    • 3
  • Francesco Di Leo
    • 5
  1. 1.Tilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.RabobankUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.FedercasseRomeItaly
  4. 4.Fondo di Garanzia dei Depositanti del Credito CooperativoRomeItaly
  5. 5.University of Rome Tor VergataRomeItaly

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