Created in 1958, Eurochambres is the European Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and forms one of the key pillars of business representation to the European institutions. The Malta Chamber joined Eurochambres in 1989 as an Associate Member and upon Malta's Accession to the European Union; the Malta Chamber's status was upgraded to full member.
Mr John Huber elected on Board of Directors of Eurochambres
Mr John Huber and Mr Kevin J. Borg represented the Malta Chamber at a series of events organised by Eurochambres during a two-day visit to Brussels between the 18th and 19th October 2012. The Malta Business Bureau Permanent Delegate to Brussels, Omar Cutajar accompanied the Malta Chamber delegation to all events.
The first event that the Malta Chamber representatives attended was the Global Chamber Platform Conference. The conference was addressed by Honorary President of EUROCHAMBRES and Chairman of the Global Chamber Platform Christoph Leitl and EU Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht, as well as other prominent speakers. It focused on trade and investment for growth and its main aim was to clarify major economic trends and identify opportunities in some of the main partner regions around the world.
The second event entitled "EU Actions for Business" tackled different topics such as funding opportunities for SMEs and Chambers, entrepreneurship, and business prospects for SMEs in Asian markets. EUROCHAMBRES President Alessandro Barberis opened the event, while the EUROCHAMBRES moderators for the three sessions were Secretary General Arnaldo Abruzzini, EU Affairs Director Ben Butters, and International Affairs Director Dirk Vantyghem respectively.
The above event coincided with the 112th Plenary Assembly and election where Mr. Huber was elected on the Board of Directors for 2013. During the assembly, President Barberis’ report was discussed as well as those of the EU Presidencies, where Cyprus’s report on the progress made during 2012 and Ireland’s presentation of priorities for next year. The guest speakers were EESC President Group I, President from 2013 Henri Malosse and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Vice Chairman Jinzhen Wang.
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