17 May 2019
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European Caravan Federation annual conference is underway in Stockholm

Over 90 representatives from across the European caravan industry, including AboutcampBtoB, are in Stockholm, Sweden this week to attend meetings hosted by the European Caravan Federation (ECF), the umbrella organisation representing the national organisations of the European Caravanning Industry. There will be forums to discuss all current topics of interest to the caravan industry, from technical issues to marketing initiatives, all hosted by the Swedish Caravan Industry Association.

This includes a Board Meeting, AGM (Annual General Meeting) and MELVI Congress (Meeting of the European Leisure Vehicle Industry) today, while the Technical Committee meeting and a PES Pan European Supplier meetings were held yesterday.

One of this year’s presentations will be from Mona Nielsen, a Senior Advisor at Norwegian Østfold Research, about her environmental study about mobile home travel.

Membership of the ECF consists of 13 caravanning federations and numerous national members of the caravanning industry within the EU member states. These members are involved in the production, the sales and the use of touring caravans, motor caravans and mobile homes (known as caravan holiday-homes in the UK) and the supply of specialist parts and services to the industry.

The objective of the ECF is to represent the interests of all organisations commercially involved in the caravanning business, particularly manufacturers, and to promote the leisure experience “caravanning” in all its forms.

National, legal and tax regulations and public image differ widely in the individual member states creating very different market situations for the national caravanning industries.

The ECF was established in response to the gradual shift of governmental responsibilities from national to European levels for many of the complex economic, social, technical and legal issues relevant to the caravanning industry. The ECF with its specialist working groups and its wider network provides expertise for a European harmonisation during the regular dialogues it maintains with legislators, regulators and other European and international authorities at Brussels, Paris and Geneva.

The program of the 41st ECF (European Caravan Federation) Annual General Meeting includes:

The  ECF President Annual Report
09:45-10:00 Market (ECF Secretary General)
10:00-10:15 Supplier Report (PES Chairman)
10:15-10:30 Marketing Report (PEM Chairman)
10:30-10:45 Technical Report (ECF Technical Chairman)
11:10-11:35 OEM-Management Report (Nicolas Rousseau, Rapido)
11:35-12:00 Dealer-Management Report (Fredrik Engstrand, Hymercenter Sweden)
13:15-13:40 Supplier-Management Report (Juan Vargues, Dometic)

The program of the 25th Meeting of the European Leisure Vehicle Industry (MELVI) includes:

14:10-14:35 Lars-Erik Hörmander, Swemarketing, “Motor Caravan Destination Sweden”
14:35-15:00 Mona Nilsen, Østfoldforskning AS, “A holiday home on the move! How climate friendly is it?”
15:30-15:55 Johan Söör, CEO Nordic Camping & Resort / First Camp, ”Building a leading campsite operator in northern Europe”
15:55-16:20 Prof. Johann Tomforde, Teamobility GmbH, Pforzheim, “Next generation caravanning – digital transformation & zero emission leisure mobility”