Find all information on the coronavirus crisis and the exhibition industry here.
2nd June 2021
Today is Global Exhibitions Day! This year's key message: Exhibitions are the key instrument to implement and accelerate transformation towards sustainable and digital economies!
Discussion on the state of our industry in Europe at this point of the pandemic, the perspectives for reopening & restarting and explore opportunities for the mid and long term with Eric Philippart from the European Commission:
UFI connect video
European Exhibition Industry Alliance publishes a new Position Paper:
EEIA Position GED 2021
13th May 2021
+++ UPDATE +++ EEIA has updated its report on measures taken by European governments to support the exhibition industry through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The report, first published in March 2020, shows support programmes for the exhibition industry specifically, as well as programmes for businesses in general and aims to support lobbying and advocacy efforts by providing easily accessible and comparable country-based information about various programmes across Europe. Download EEIA Report on European State Aid for Covid-19
19th March 2021
“EEIA welcomes the European Commission’s legislative proposal to create a Digital Green Certificate to resume safe travel in the EU. We now call upon the European Parliament and the Member States to ensure its quick approval and its swift technical implementation. We also expect that it will be interoperable with other international systems to facilitate travel on a global scale”, says Barbara Weizsäcker, Secretary General.
Read EEIA's latest Media Release: EUROPE’S EXHIBITION INDUSTRY WELCOMES EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S GREEN CERTIFICATE PROPOSAL AND COMMON PATH TO SAFE RE-OPENING / DEMANDS SPECIAL FOCUS ON BUSINESS TRAVEL
26th February 2021
EEIA publishes a new Position Paper: The European Exhibition Industry welcomes European Council plan to develop digital vaccination certificate and calls upon EU Tourism Ministers to safely restore travel in a coordinated approach
Download EEIA Position Paper - Digital certificate and coordinated travel approach
8th February 2021
EEIA has published an updated report on measures taken by European governments to support the exhibition industry through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The report, first published in March last year, shows support programmes for the exhibition industry specifically, as well as programmes for businesses in general and aims to support lobbying and advocacy efforts by providing easily accessible and comparable country-based information about various programmes across Europe. Download EEIA Report on European State Aid for Covid-19
22nd January 2021
Read the latest Exhibition Industry Alliance News: “EEIA welcomes yesterday’s European Council decisions related to rapid antigen tests and vaccinations. Even though the current situation justifies the current restrictions to contain the infections, Europe should prepare as quickly as possible to support and empower free movement of people, especially for business purposes, in a safe and controlled way”, says Barbara Weizsäcker, Secretary General.
Download the full text here: EUROPEAN EXHIBITION INDUSTRY ALLIANCE WELCOMES EU COUNCIL RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS AND VACCINATION DECISIONS AND CALLS FOR SPEEDY IMPLEMENTATION
20th January 2021
The Exhibition Industry Alliance publishes a POSITION PAPER ON DIGITAL VACCINATION CERTIFICATE / IATA TRAVEL PASS. The Exhibition Industry supports the Greek initiative for EU digital vaccination certificate and a global solution with IATA Travel pass.
16th December 2020
UFI Connects – Online Session: Exploring synergies with Enterprise Europe Network – Helping companies innovate and grow internationally
In these challenging times, cross-fertilization is key. The Exhibition Industry should look outside their usual sphere, discover different approaches and initiate new collaborations. The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) could be such an example. EEN is a successful network established in 2008 by the European Commission. It is now active in more than 60 countries worldwide and it brings together 3,000 experts from more than 600 member organisations, assisting European SMEs in their internationalisation efforts. Same clients, same intents… how to create synergies?
GUNNAR MATTHIESEN - European Commission
FEDERICA LEONETTI - Unioncamere Piemonte
COSTAS KARAMANIS - Production & Management Engineer
SASCHA WENZLER - Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH
You can watch the full session here.
22nd September 2020
EEIA publishes Position Paper on
Creating perspectives for the exhibitions and events industry by
- Harmonising EU travel regulations
- Implementing targeted measures to enable international travel to business events like exhibitions, trade fairs and congresses
- Incentivising exhibitors, visitors and delegates
17th July 2020
EEIA publishes new Position Paper:
Trade fairs and exhibitions business still flat. Incentives for exhibitors and visitors needed. Exhibitions are essential strategic instrument to boost economic recovery.
3rd June 2020
Today is Global Exhibitions Day! This year's key message: EXHIBITIONS ARE KEY TO REBUILDING ECONOMIES. EEIA publishes a new Position Paper.
EEIA Position GED 2020
18th May 2020
EMECA publishes paper on Anti-Covid-19 measures at the EMECA exhibition venues.
EMECA exhibition venues - safe and healthy places for exhibitions
24th April 2020
EEIA publishes a new Position Paper co-signed by EMECA, UFI, EVVC, IELA, IFES, LiveCom Alliance – highlighting the importance of exhibitions and events for the economic recovery and proposing health & safety as well as economic measures for a safe and successful restart.
Exhibitions and live events are the fast track to economic recovery after COVID-19 shutdown
24th April 2020
Download our updated list on the COVID-19 governmental measures for the European Exhibition Industry:
The European Exhibition Industry & COVID-19 governmental measures list update April 2020
31st March 2020
European Exhibition Industry Alliance releases documentation on economic measures taken by governments to support the exhibition industry to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis.
Media release EU governmental support COVID-19
The European Exhibition Industry & COVID-19 governmental measures list
25th March 2020
Here is our update on the impact on the European exhibition industry and economy in general. A letter was sent to President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel.
Impact and support to avoid bankruptcy and prepare for recovery
17th March 2020
Web conference: Impact of the Coronavirus spread on the exhibition industry and vital remedies needed
Summary of the web conference
13th March 2020
The EU has decided on a variety of support measures to Member States
European Exhibition Industry Alliance welcomes Commission Covid-19 response
10th March 2020
Here is our impact assessment and calls for remedies for the exhibition Industry in Europe. A letter was sent to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
Impact assessment and call for remedies
Here we offer a collection of resources of relevant information:
UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
EMECA - European Major Exhibition Centres Association
IFES - International Federation of Exhibition and Event Services
IELA - International Exhibition Logistics Association
List of postponed or cancelled events worldwide
European Commission Coronavirus response