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IFMA co-launches EU FM Coalition for FM public policy advocacy in Europe

IFMA in partnership with other leading European facility management (FM) organizations, has launched the EU FM Coalition to educate decision makers and stakeholder groups on the importance and impact of facility management within the European Union. The official launch took place at the European Facility Management Conference in Berlin, Germany in conjunction with World FM Day on June 4, 2014. The EU FM Coalition promises to help shape public policy, provide industry perspective and highlight the connection between facility management and important public sector goals like energy efficiency.

As the number and influence of facility management professionals continue to grow throughout Europe, the EU FM Coalition is poised to become the preeminent public advocacy body for facility management within the Union. The complete list of FM organizations that participated in the launch includes: IFMA, EuroFM, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), the Romanian Facility Management Association (ROFMA), the German Facility Management Association (GEFMA), the Bulgarian Facility Management Association, the IFMA Foundation, and IFMA chapters in Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Facility management is a large and growing global industry with stakes in a huge variety of public policy issues including energy and water use, environmental stewardship, tax policy, disaster preparation and recovery, emergency response, workplace safety, education and training, smart buildings and worker mobility. Many of these subjects were addressed during the three-hour launch.

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A complete list of launch attendees is included below:

Mr. Erik Ahrsjo, IFMA Sweden
Mr. Jeff Johnson, Director of Government Affairs, IFMA
Mr. Tony Keane, President & CEO, IFMA
Ms. Beatriz Soria-León, German Facility Management Association (GEFMA)
Mr. Goran Milanov, President, Bulgarian Facility Management Association (BGFMA)
Mr. Chris Moriarty, British Institute of Facility Management (BIFM)
Mr. Emmanouil Patavos, INTEREL Brussels
Mrs. Cathrine Pauli, Board of Directors, IFMA
Mr. Jamie Pire, IFMA Spain
Mr. Jon Seller, Chair of the Board of Directors, IFMA
Mr. Ondrej Strup, IFMA Czech Republic
Mr. Ian van der Pool, President, Facility Management Netherlands (FMN)
Mr. Jim Whittaker, First Vice-Chair of the Board, IFMA
Mr. Jim Wise, PACE LLP
Mr. Tudor Trita, President, Romanian Facility Management Association (ROFMA)
Mr. R.M.D. (Ron) van der Weerd (EuroFM)
Mr. Jeff Tafel, CAE, Executive Director, IFMA Foundation