key questions to international associations

In this section we present views of international associations organising events or established in Brussels, to learn more about them, their Brussels experience and receive some personal comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • The European Federation of Envelope Manufactures (FEPE) is one of the smallest and one of the oldest European industry federations. Founded in 1957, it celebrates 60 years of existence this year.

    With digitalization and electronic communication being high on national and the EU´s agendas, the sector is busy defending the right of existence of letter mail, being not only a cultural heritage in Europe, but also a reliable, trusted and often preferred communication medium.

    Lisa Kretschmann, Managing Director, provides more information about the association and its activities.

     What is the main mission of FEPE in current times?

    The main mission of FEPE is to support, defend and promote the envelope industry in Europe. We promote the use of envelopes through campaigns, which address both direct mail and transactional mail. For example, our campaign “Keep Me Posted EU” asks for the citizen´s right to choose between electronic and paper communication.

    This is a major issue also for me personally as citizens are often forced into digital communication or have to pay extra when preferring paper. This creates not only a problem to inclusion as elderly people may not feel confident or have the necessary skills to deal with administrative issues online. Also people like you and me often struggle with electronic admin procedures, prefer to keep paper records of important documents or, for evident reasons, do not trust the internet with our personal data.

    Acting as the voice of the industry at EU level, we closely monitor and communicate our opinions to different EU institutions on postal affairs, e-invoicing, data protection and environmental issues. We do work closely with partners in the paper, graphic, postal and marketing value chain on all those matters, mastering the challenges of a rapidly changing world of communications and ensuring that European decision makers and consumers clearly understand the value and role of the envelope now and in the future.

     Why it was important to set the seat of the association in Brussels?

    Being a European association, it is of utmost importance for us to be based in Brussels: it allows close contacts to a network of related industries which is key in order to form alliances and cooperate in order to best represent our interests. Furthermore, being close to the EU Institutions makes contacts and exchange with them much easier. And of course, living in the “Brussels village” is not only a pleasure but also facilitates useful contacts with people that you meet during leisure time.

    How about your personal perspective of being in Brussels?

    I personally love the unbeatable internationality of Brussels. Meeting and working with people from different countries, communicating in different languages with people from different backgrounds on a daily basis corresponds to my vision of a living in the United Europe (EU).

    Thank you very much and we look forward to meeting you at the European Association Summit 2018.

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  • Our guest is Giannalia Cogliandro Beyens, Secretary General of ENCATC, representing the cultural management and policy sector, since the association is organising its 25th Congress on 27-30 September in Brussels.

    What is the key role of the association?

    Existing since 1992, ENCATC (European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres) is a network active in the education, training and research within the broad field of cultural management and policy. We have currently more than 100 member institutions and professionals in over 40 countries cooperating in the development of training for cultural managers.

    How long are you based in Brussels and why?

    The ENCATC network has been based in Brussels since 2003. As the leading European network on cultural management and policy, it was a symbolic move for our office to be here in the heart of Europe. We are in close proximity to EU institutions and to world-renowned arts and cultural organisations. Brussels is also a well-connected location for our members based in over 40 countries around the world, not to mention an attractive city for our international staff.

    25 years, an excellent opportunity to celebrate?

    This year, there’s no better city than Brussels to hold our 25th Congress and anniversary celebration! On 27-30 September we are looking forward to welcoming academics, researchers, cultural professionals, and students from Europe and beyond to meet with representatives from various EU institutions, governments, and European and international networks. We will focus on the value of networks and their sustainability. Join us to “Click, connect and collaborate” together!

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