New secretary general for European Boating Industry

Despite the holiday slow-down in the institutions at EU level, it has been a busy summer for European Boating Industry with some changes introduced to the association. Namely, the change at the helm of our organisation: the appointment of a new secretary general, Sandrine Devos, at the end of June.

Sandrine Devos, officially taking up her functions on 22 August 2016, succeeds Mirna Cieniewicz. The former head of the association, in charge of the Brussels’ office since its creation back in 2009, after a decade of work on EU affairs for the boating industry, has moved on to new professional challenges.

The new secretary general is an EU lobbyist with seven years of public affairs experience gained in Brussels within UEPG, the European Aggregate Association (construction sector). Familiar with the functioning and challenges of European industry representation, she has a solid network with the EU institutions and a sound understanding of environment-related issues. One of the main objectives of the new chair will be to make European Boating Industry an even stronger association at EU level, with the support of a united membership and by making clear what the added-value of a European association is for European companies.

The European Boating Industry was founded in 2009 to represent and defend the interests of the European leisure marine industry. Its full members are the national industry associations and from 2016, individual companies can join as sustaining members if they meet certain requirements.

With 80% of the rules applying to the boating industry having an EU origin, it is necessary for the boating industry to have its own representation in Brussels where EU decisions are taken. The European Boating Industry looks after all the EU laws and initiatives that can affect the sector, regularly meets with EU institutions and decision-makers and acts as the platform for European associations and companies.

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