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European Chamber Members Elect Mats Harborn President and Select a New Executive Committee

Beijing, 15th May, 2017 – On 12th May, during the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Beijing, members elected Mats Harborn to serve as President for the next two years. 

“I feel honoured and humbled by the trust bestowed in me by the members of the Chamber”, stated President Harborn. “The establishment in China of a level playing field driven by market-based competition is essential for both European business and the sustainable growth of the country’s economy. As private Chinese companies continue to strengthen their competitive position and new industrial policy initiatives are implemented, European business needs to be ever more vigilant regarding the direction of the market. These issues will be my top priorities in office, and the Chamber’s new Executive Committee will look forward to continued constructive engagement with the Chinese authorities.”

President Harborn has lived and worked in China for 25 years and has extensive experience in a number of industries. At the European Chamber, he has also previously served as both vice president and states’ representative.

Patrick Horgan was re-elected European Chamber vice president, with Massimo Bagnasco and Michael Chang being elected to serve as vice presidents for the first time. Lars Eckerlein was re-elected as treasurer. The Shanghai and South China chapters elected Carlo D’Andrea and George Lau as respective chairs, and both will serve as national vice presidents.

During the AGM, former President Jörg Wuttke presented the Chamber’s Annual Report 2016. To download a copy of the report, please click here


About the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (European Chamber) was founded in 2000 by 51 member companies that shared a goal of establishing a common voice for the various business sectors of the European Union and European businesses operating in China. It is a members-driven, non-profit, fee-based organisation with a core structure of 25 working groups representing European business in China. The European Chamber is recognised by the European Commission and the Chinese authorities as the official voice of European business in China.

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