Event Confederation (EC), the umbrella organization comprising the professional associations BESA (suppliers for the event sector) and Febelux (organizers and service providers), concluded a cooperation agreement with UNIZO. The main goal of EC is to set up a new Joint Committee for the events sector. “We must become more visible and recognizable as a fully-fledged sector of our own, across all diversity”.
Joining forces, creating more unity and having a clear representative vis-à-vis policymakers are the following ambitions. BESA and Febelux, just like sector organization BECAS (catering companies), are part of a sectoral task force where, under the impetus of the ACC Belgium federation (communication companies), work is being done on an even broader, joint representation of interests. UNIZO commits itself in the cooperation agreement to support and guide CE through this process with its expertise.
Event Confederation(EC), de koepel met daarin de beroepsverenigingen BESA (toeleveranciers voor de eventsector) en Febelux (organisatoren en dienstverleners), sloot een samenwerkingsovereenkomst met UNIZO. Hoofddoel van EC is de oprichting van een nieuw Paritair Comité voor de eventsector. “We moeten meer zichtbaar en herkenbaar worden als een volwaardige eigen sector, over alle diversiteit heen”.
De krachten bundelen, meer eenheid creëren en een duidelijke vertegenwoordiger hebben ten aanzien van de beleidsmakers, zijn de aansluitende ambities. BESA en Febelux maken overigens, net als sectororganisatie BECAS (cateringbedrijven), deel uit van een sectorale task force waar, onder impuls van federatie ACC Belgium (communicatiebedrijven), wordt gewerkt aan een nog bredere, gezamenlijke belangenbehartiging. UNIZO engageert zich in de samenwerkingsovereenkomst om CE bij het doorlopen van dit traject te ondersteunen en begeleiden met haar expertise.
A new consultation committee every week, new decisions every week and new restrictions provide the event sector with a total lack of legal certainty to do business. As a result, for the third week in a row, the sector is incurring new cancellation costs, without any compensation. Built-up events, refrigerators full of food ... And we're not even talking about ...
A new consultation committee every week, new decisions every week and new restrictions provide the event sector with a total lack of legal certainty to do business. As a result, for the third week in a row, the sector is incurring new cancellation costs, without any compensation. Built-up events, refrigerators full of food ... And we're not even talking about March or October 2020, when the sector also paid for the cancellation costs.
This yo-yo policy is not the fault of the virus as we are led to believe, but of the lack of decisiveness and long-term vision. This only leads to a flashing light economy for a sector that cannot survive in this way. The sector feels it has become a symbol file for politics. And this despite the absence of clear indications that we are accelerating the spread of the virus.
Event Confederation reiterates their call and urges to work out a long-term framework. Bruno Schaubroeck: How do we deal with new waves, what is allowed when, what support in this or that situation, can the booster vaccine not be faster? Are there no options to view with 2G etc etc. Apparently our repeated call is not being heard.'
Only positive ray of hope that the sector sees: no new adjustment for marriages, just as exchanges can continue as they follow the retail agreements.
Bruno Schaubroeck: 'As a Belgian event sector, we pride ourselves on our reactivity and creativity, but a preparation period of 2 to 3 months is the minimum for us. Obviously no lessons have been learned there yet.'
“However quickly the decisions of the consultation committee follow, it stands in stark contrast to clarity about support measures. 'There must be support', 'there must be support', we like to hear the politicians say it, but in the meantime we are 3 weeks further into the fourth lockdown and there is no promise of sector-oriented support.
Of course we are concerned about the care sector, but we ask the same attention for 80,000 families who again do not know what to expect, apart from the mental impact of not being allowed and unable to practice their passion and profession again. And what about the 3200 companies and entrepreneurs who see their future completely questioned?'