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Dialogue with Brussels
EU open to applications for support
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A receptive hearing is what participants got at the web conference with representatives of the European Union organised by the European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA), Brussels. On March 17, more than 100 representatives of European exhibition organisers and service providers were informed about the status of economic support by members of the EU institutions. The EU is determined to do everything to support companies as quickly as possible, Eric Philippart, senior expert of the Directorate-General Grow, emphasised. He asked the participants in the discussion actively to contribute proposals for how companies in the exhibition business affected by the corona crisis could be helped better. "Loans alone will not be enough ", explained Barbara Weizsäcker, general secretary of the EEIA, and reiterated the demand for an EU emergency fund. "The exhibition industry must fight to avoid shrinking so that it can help business recover", was how Weizsäcker emphasised the importance of the sector for the entire economy. The EEIA, which is an alliance of the European UFI members and the European Major Exhibition Centres Association (Emeca), will continue to provide information at the EU level about effects and damage and proposals for measures to be taken. Moreover, all members are requested to intensify lobbying at the national level to obtain access to funds and tailored measures to be implemented quickly.
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