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HAPCO becomes fully Observant!

The Federation has been invited to a conference with MEPs at the EU’s Brussels headquarters, by Isabelle Durant Vice President of the European Parliament.

HAPCO, the Greek PCO association has given its full backing to development of all three areas of research and professional development being undertaken by EUROBS, the European Observatory launched earlier this year by EFAPCO.

“The HAPCO Board reacted very positively to EUROBS and is very keen to support all activities related to the project,” said Sissi Lignou, General Secretary with HAPCO and Secretary General of EFAPCO.

“I know some of EFAPCO’s 14 member associations have already begun working on the Observatory’s three pillars and a hope everyone else will do likewise in the next few weeks. We are all set for a busy autumn,” she added.

The Observatory involves:

  • Researching and showcasing the industry’s economic impact in order to gain enhanced political, financial, cultural and social recognition for the PCO sector particularly from within the EU
  • Studying and collecting information about the professional education opportunities currently available to students seeking a career in congress, meetings and business events organisation
  • Examining the ways in which EFAPCO member associations can improve cohesion and communication within the profession with a view to developing a code of ethics and ensuring that all three pillar strategies are included on national associations’ meetings agendas with regular reports back from liaison officers.

The Observatory’s “architect” Sam van de Kerckhof welcomed the news. A leading member of the Belgian member association, BAPCO, he said Belgium’s PCOs had long been at the forefront of research into the sector’s professionalism, educational opportunities and EU recognition.

As a result of the Federation’s recent progress, the Federation has been invited to a conference with MEPs at the EU’s Brussels headquarters, by Isabelle Durant Vice President of the European Parliament, who, in turn, has now been invited to deliver a keynote address at EFAPCO’s 2014 Congress in Malaga, Spain.

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