Europe – Trade Associations
Directory Business, Industry and Trade Associations
European Union (EU)
The European Union is a unique economic and political union between 28 EU countries that together cover much of the continent.
The predecessor of the EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. The first steps were to foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries that trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict.
The result was the European Economic Community (EEC), created in 1958, and initially increasing economic cooperation between six countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Since then, 22 other members joined and a huge single market (also known as the ‘internal’ market) has been created and continues to develop towards its full potential.
What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organization spanning policy areas, from climate, environment and health to external relations and security, justice and migration. A name change from the European Economic Community (EEC) to the European Union (EU) in 1993 reflected this.
Trade Associations Europe
In alphabetical order
Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI)
CBI is an Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and part of the development cooperation effort of The Netherlands. The CBI’s mission is to contribute to the economic development of developing countries by strengthening the competitiveness of companies from those countries on the EU market. CBI considers social values and compliance with the most relevant environmental requirements to be an integral part of its policy and activities.
CENTREX International Exhibition Statistics Union
CENTREX is the top exhibition industry organisation in Central Eastern Europe not only for promoting transparency, reliability and real market-value of exhibition statistics (her initial concept), but growingly also in promoting exhibitions as excellent face-to-face marketing tool in general aspect.
European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are members of EFTA. The EFTA Convention established a free trade area among its Member States in 1960. In addition, the EFTA States have jointly concluded free trade agreements with a number of countries worldwide. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway entered into the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) in 1992, which entered into force in 1994. The current contracting parties are, in addition to the three EFTA states, the European Community and the 25 EC Member States.
Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI)
FESI, the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry, is the unique Brussels-based European platform representing the interests of some 1800 European sporting goods manufacturers before the European Institutions, other international sport federations and other associations.
Foreign Trade Association (FTA)
The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) is the association of European and International commerce that promotes the values of free and International Trade. It brings together hundreds of retailers, importers, brand companies, and national associations to improve the political and legal framework for trade.
• We promote the foreign trade interests of European and international retailers and importers.
• We influence the political and legislative process at the earliest stage.
• We raise awareness about the implications of decisions and policies taken at EU and international level (eg. WTO) on International Trade.
• We maintain a unique platform to share ideas, best practices and define common policy and lobbying strategies.
• We provide timely, comprehensive and value added insight to our members