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In a survey conducted towards the end of 2014, about 75% of EVVC members indicated topics related to event organization, the association urgently needs to works on. To meet our member’s request, one of the focus topics at this year’s I-ESC during Prolight + Sound is titled “To Take and Transfer Responsibility”.
This year’s event will target business owners and project managers, and is structured systematically according to the six steps of our delegation:

Die 3. greenmeetings und events Konferenz, die vom 9. bis zum
10. Februar 2015 im Kongresshaus Kap Europa in Frankfurt stattfand, hat rund 400 Vertreter der Veranstaltungsbranche zu noch mehr Nachhaltigkeit bei der Organisation von Tagungen, Kongressen und Events inspiriert. Informationen unter http://greenmeetings-events.de/

As part of the greenmeetings and events conference in Frankfurt, the “Meeting Experts Green Awards” were presented in the evening on February 09, 2015. The awards recognize the commitment to sustainability in the event industry. The “Meeting Experts Green Awards” are presented by the GCB and the EVVC. The independent jury recognizes sustainability initiatives in five categories, and the recipients are: the Berlin Olympic Stadium in the category energy management/resource conservation, Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt with Green Meetings by Steigenberger as a sustainable event, the Landgut A. Borsig as a sustainable location, Eurogress Aachen for sustainable human resources management, and the BIO Hotels group as a sustainable business.

On December 03, 2014, the Federal Administration passed the “National Action Plan Energy Efficiency (NAPE)” of the Federal Ministry for the Economy and Energy (BMWi), as well as the “Action Program Climate Protection 2020” of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Reactor Safety (BMUB), setting very high goals.

19.11.2014 - Representatives of the event industry can now register for the third greenmeetings and events Conference at http://greenmeetings-events.de/. The Conference will take place at Kongresshaus Kap Europa at Messe Frankfurt, February 09 and 10, 2015. Among the highlights of the full conference program will be the speech of Hannes Jaenicke, one of the most popular German actors, documentary filmmaker, and author of numerous publications on environmental and consumer issues.

29.10.2014 - Der Nachhaltigkeitskodex für die Veranstaltungsbranche „fairpflichtet“ ist eines der Projekte, mit denen sich der EVVC. und das GCB als Impulsgeber und kompetente Ansprechpartner für Nachhaltigkeit etabliert haben. Die im Jahr 2012 ins Leben gerufene Maßnahme hat schnell großen Erfolg gezeigt: Bis heute haben sich über 400 Unternehmen aus den Bereichen Hotellerie, Event und Veranstaltung zu ökologisch, ökonomisch und sozial verträglichem Handeln verpflichtet.

Innovation Network “Future Meeting Space” to start in January 2015 For years, Germany has been a top destination for conventions and meetings, based on international industry rankings. To further strengthen this leading position, the Fraunhofer IAO with consortium partners the GCB German Convention Bureau eV and the EVVC European Association of Event Centers eV, formed the initiative “Future Meeting Space” conducting research on what will make events even more successful in the future. This project is scheduled to start in January 2015.

On September 01, 2014, the European Commission published the final report of expert Pascal Lamy. The report includes recommendations for the future use of UHF-Television frequency range 694 – 794 MHz. The full frequency range is currently used across Europe for broadcasting and professional wireless production of contents and events. By 2020 this frequency range is supposed to be fully cleared and used for mobile broadband exclusively. EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes said that alternative frequency ranges for wireless production (i.e. microphones and ear monitoring) will be provided and synchronized across Europe. However, these replacements are not sufficient in quantity and quality. Therefore, it remains uncertain where previous users should broadcast. With its recommendations the EU Commission risks severe damage to culture – and creative industries, as well as to cultural institutions funded by the public, as all of those cannot work without microphones and wireless production technology. In addition, this will also have an effect on the freedom of the press: Due to the drastic cut down of the frequency range, camera and broadcasting teams will not be able to report live from sport, political, social, or cultural events.

During the recent Meeting Experts Conference (MEXCON), which took place at the MARITIM Hotel Berlin, from June 11 – 13, 2014, the initiators of MEXCON, the GCB German Convention Bureau e.V., and the EVVC (European Association of Event Centers) e.V., met with representatives of all participating organizations. As a result of MEXCON, all partners came up with a plan of action, which will serve as a guideline for the entire event industry. The plan is based on the study ‘Meetings and Conferences of the future’, which was published in fall of 2013. It will guide Germany’s mostly medium-sized businesses to secure and expand the competitive edge on the international market.

EVVC warnt vor Ausdehnung der Ferienzeiten 20.03.2014 - Mit deutlicher Kritik reagiert der Europäische Verband der Veranstaltungs-Centren e.V. (EVVC) auf die Befürwortung eines verlängerten Sommerferien-Korridors durch die Ministerpräsidentenkonferenz. Der EVVC ist der Auffassung, dass die Kongress- und Tagungswirtschaft hierdurch Schaden nehmen wird, da durch die Ausdehnung der Ferientage die Zahl potenzieller Veranstaltungstage deutlich verringert würde.

Frankfurt, 11.02.2014 - Dreieinhalb Jahre nach der fürchterlichen Katastrophe in Duisburg erhebt die Staatsanwaltschaft jetzt Anklage. Der Anklagevorwurf: fahrlässige Tötung.
So wichtig die Aufarbeitung der Katastrophe und, bei nachgewiesener Schuld, die Bestrafung der Verantwortlichen ist, so wichtig ist es nach Auffassung des Europäischen Verbandes der Veranstaltungs-Centren e.V. (EVVC), solche Katastrophen in Zukunft sicher auszuschließen. An der Ernsthaftigkeit der Politik, dies durch geeignete Regelwerke sicherzustellen, bestehen jedoch beim Verband erhebliche Zweifel.