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UFI and EMECA Renew and Strengthen the European Exhibition Industry Alliance

Pictured L-R: David Boon, EMECA vice president EU relations, Gerald Böse, UFI European chapter chairman, Andreas Gruchow, EMECA vice president/treasurer, Corrado Peraboni, UFI president.

As part of the Global Exhibitions Day events on June 6,  UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and EMECA, the European Major Exhibition Center Association, have agreed to a three-year extension of the European Exhibition Industry Alliance which aims to represent the interests of the exhibition industry to EU stakeholders in Brussels.

“Since it was founded in 2012, the EEIA has been the voice of the European exhibitions and business events industry, successfully advocating our industry’s issues, while fostering dialogue with policymakers and officials,” says Corrado Peraboni, UFI president. “We are very pleased that support will continue for the next three years, and delighted to share this news at the Global Exhibition Day celebrations.”

The Alliance has been given increased resources and Barbara Weizsäcker will continue as secretary general.

“The EU-funded Business Beyond Borders project has already demonstrated how relevant this cooperation is–both on an advocacy level as well as a practical level,”  says Claude Membrez, EMECA president. “EMECA fully supports this shared effort and looks forward to the future.”

The EEIA is a joint agreement between the European members of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and EMECA, the members of the European Major Exhibition Centers Association. Founded in 2012, its aim is to represent the common interests of the European exhibition industry to European Union institutions and other relevant stakeholders in Brussels. It promotes the impact of the sector, monitors EU issues and advocates the sector’s common interests to maintain a favorable operating environment within the EU and globally. For more info, visit www.exhibition-alliance.eu

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