WHO WE ARE  The European Major Exhibition Centres Association EMECA unites 23 leading exhibition venues in Europe, many of which are also exhibition and event organisers. It was formed in 1992, the starting year of the European Union Internal Market. The date marks the beginning of an unprecedented path of growth, enhancement and success for the exhibition industry in Europe. Many exhibition venues renovated and expanded or fully renewed their premises as the trade fairs and business events increased in quantity and quality and in particular became more and more international.

Today, Europe hosts the large majority of the leading international shows for each sector and represents nearly half of the global market share. EMECA Members are convinced of the active role they play in bringing together the international trading community. The EMECA exhibition centres strive to provide exhibitors and visitors with an excellent infrastructure and first-class information networks. In Europe they play an active part in the development of local trade. Regular socio-economic impact studies prove the huge effects of exhibition activity on the community and the larger region and the number of jobs generated directly and indirectly.

In 2019, the EMECA venues hosted and organised almost 2,000 exhibitions a year with roughly 400,000 exhibitors and 38,5 million visitors on a gross rented display area of 38 million square meters.

Outside Europe, many EMECA Members help European companies to benefit from market globalisation and adopt appropriate initiatives, such as setting up new trade fairs, supporting technology transfer to emerging markets and introducing European exhibitors to tradeshows all over the world. Meanwhile, EMECA Members have become renowned exhibition organisers in key growth regions outside of Europe.

Europe's leading role and success has always been intertwined with its unique position as a marketplace for business, ideas and people to come together. The trust gained through face-to-face meetings is equally instilled within European culture and values. Today, the live meetings at the trade fairs or business events are being enhanced and complemented by numerous digital services and products for the exhibitors and visitors like creating relevant leads by matchmaking, digital wayfinding, 365 platforms, content and education. Many more digital innovations are currently underway.

EMECA VISION, MISSION & VALUES

EMECA VISION

EMECA is and will be the professional association and unique representation of the major and largest exhibition centres in Europe.

It drives excellence in the European exhibition industry, by fostering the highest business standards and customer service levels of its members.

EMECA MISSION

EMECA is a non-profit independent European Membership organization for major European venue operators, many of which are also exhibition and event organisers.

EMECA provides a trusted network and creates meaningful meeting formats and intelligence allowing its members to leverage collective expertise and find new inspirations and innovations.

EMECA represents its Members‘ common interests and advocates these at the European and global level as part of industry alliances to government institutions and other relevant stakeholders.

EMECA VALUES

All EMECA activities and the relations between its members are conducted in accordance with the highest standards of professional integrity, transparency, honesty and trust. All meetings and exchanges are held in strict observance of applicable compliance rules. By acknowledging mutual respect and excellence in all their activities EMECA members enhance the image of the exhibition industry as an effective, transparent, international marketing platform in their respective countries and beyond. EMECA and its Members support diversity in their workforce and sustainability in their management and operational practices.

STRUCTURE  EMECA is governed by a Board, has several Working Groups and is managed by its Office based in Brussels. EMECA is an international not-for-profit-association registered in Belgium.

EMECA BOARD

PRESIDENT

Ricard Zapatero
Fira Barcelona

VICE PRESIDENT Strategy

Maurits van der Sluis
RAI Amsterdam

VICE PRESIDENT EU Relations

Elzbieta Roeske
Grupa MTP

VICE PRESIDENT Treasurer

Herbert Marner
Koelnmesse

VP Infrastructure & Technical affairs

Claude Membrez
Palexpo Geneva

VICE PRESIDENT Communication

Anne-Marie Baezner
EUREXPO Lyon

VICE PRESIDENT Digital Business

Roland Bleinroth
Messe Stuttgart

SECRETARY GENERAL

Barbara Weizsaecker

WORKING GROUPS


DIGITAL BUSINESS
WORKING GROUP

This group explores the latest trends in digital services and products within the exhibition industry.



Responsibilities:
Roland Bleinroth,
Vice President Digital Business


EUROPEAN UNION
WORKING GROUP

Members of this group monitor the political developments in the EU, inform about new legal initiatives and advocate the exhibition industries' interests.


Responsibilities: 
Elzbieta Roeske,
Vice President EU Relations 


TECHNICAL
WORKING GROUP

This group deals with all technical aspects of the exhibition venues. Currently, it focusses on security and cybersecurity.



Responsibilities:
Claude Membrez,
VP Infrastructure & Technical Affairs


RESEARCHERS
WORKING GROUP

This group unites the market researchers and business development colleagues to support the EMECA Statistics and work on additional collection of figures, trends and studies.

Responsibilities:
Enrica Baccini,
Fondazione Fiera Milano

OUR HISTORY

EMECA PRESIDENTS

2019-2020 Maurits van der Sluis RAI Amsterdam
2017-2018 Claude Membrez Palexpo Geneva
2015-2016 María Martinez IFEMA, Madrid
2013-2014 Andreas Gruchow Deutsche Messe, Hanover
2011-2012 Piero Venturelli Rimini Fiera
2009-2010 René Kamm MCH, Basel
2007-2008 Marc Granier Paris-Nord Villepinte, Le Bourget
2005-2006 Piergiacomo Ferrari Fiera Milano
2003-2004 Michael v. Zitzewitz Messe Frankfurt
2001-2002 Ruud van Ingen Royal Dutch Fair, Utrecht
1999-2000 Adolf Cabruja Fira Barcelona
1997-1998 Michel F. Berroeta Paris Porte de Versailles
1995-1996 Eike Markau Messe Frankfurt
1992-1994 Jean-José Arroyo Paris-Nord Villepinte

BRUSSELS OFFICE

The office manages all internal association activities and represents EMECA's interests towards the European Institutions and other stakeholders in Brussels. Additionally, it operates the European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA), a cooperation between EMECA and the European Members of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, to advocate our sectors interests to the European Union Institutions.

PIC BARBARA WEIZSAECKER             Barbara Weizsäcker, Secretary General

PIC SARA LANZILOTTA              Sara Lanzilotta, Association and Public Affairs Director

EMECA BRUSSEL

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