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2021-05-27 | All chapters

European Chamber Elects New Executive Committee

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on 27th May in Beijing, where the Chamber’s leadership was elected for the next two years.

  • Jörg Wuttke was confirmed as president.
  • Marko Tulus was confirmed as treasurer.

Out of seven candidates, the following three were elected as vice presidents:

  • Bruno Weill
  • Carlo D'Andrea
  • Guido Giacconi

Members of the Shanghai, South China and Southwest China chapters had previously elected Bettina Schoen-Behanzin, Klaus Zenkel and Massimo Bagnasco as their respective chairs, all of whom will also serve as national vice presidents.

President Wuttke presented the Chamber’s Annual Report 2020, and each chapter’s outgoing chair presented their chapter’s 2020 achievements. Major achievements and national priorities included:

  1. Under the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chamber continuously advocated for the resumption of business operations, the return of foreign residents back to China, and equal access to vaccines. In 2020, 57 ministerial-level meetings and 240 working-level meetings with Chinese and European governments were held. The Chamber responded to 99 calls for comments and sent 69 advocacy letters.
  2. Five reports were published in 2020; the annual European Business in China Business Confidence Survey and European Business in China Position Paper, thematic reports on the Belt and Road Initiative and the aviation industry, and the latest Shanghai Position Paper. Original media mentions reached an all-time high of 1,243.
  3. The Chamber celebrated its 20th anniversary with an exclusive gala attended by Vice Premier Hu Chunhua, and organised a series of VIP webinars joined by high-level speakers from around the world.

“We are moving forward into perilous waters, as the United States and China clash and frictions between Europe and China intensify,” said President Jörg Wuttke. “The European Chamber played a critical role in navigating the challenges of the last two years, and with our new Executive Committee, we will chart a course through the coming tempest.”

To download the Annual Report 2020 in PDF format, please click here.