History of FEDEMAC
FEDEMAC celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2009. To honour the past decades of the European Movers Association for a publication on the "History of FEDEMAC".
General Information about the Umbrella Association of the European Moving Industry
FEDEMAC was founded in 1959. In those days FEDEMAC was a group of some National Moving Associations meeting once or twice a year. FEDEMAC was the platform of the Presidents and General Secretaries of the National Moving Associations to share views and discuss problems arising due to the foundation of the European Community in 1957.
The contacts were intensified with the proceeding installation of a European Common Market. The enlargements of the EC/EU brought new member states. Some of them joined FEDEMAC immediately, some later.
The Federation of European Movers Associations (FEDEMAC) e.V. was officially registered as an independent European organisation on 1 January 1995 in Germany. Up until then, administration was taken care of by AMOE, the German Movers Association, which itself is a constituent Member of FEDEMAC.
FEDEMAC's members are National Moving Associations. If a National Moving Association does not exist or is not interested in a FEDEMAC membership, single qualified moving companies can become Direct Affiliates of FEDEMAC.
Today FEDEMAC represents the interests of around 4.000 professional moving companies in 27 European countries.
FEDEMAC's main function is to express the concerns and needs of the moving industry on European level and to co-ordinate National activities with European impact. Much of this work is centred around lobbying at the EU Parliament and Commission as well as liaising with National associations, and other trade organisations.
Aims and Objective of FEDEMAC
The aims and objectives of FEDEMAC are:
- To maintain a dynamic organisation which will further the interests of European movers represented through their continuing membership of their national removal associations. This is achieved by providing an umbrella organisation to co-ordinate their efforts, lobby on their behalf, communicate effectively with the media, monitor new developments, promote quality of service and to nourish the integrity of its members in the eyes of the consumer.
- To protect industry from detrimental influences.
- To expand field of membership into new and potential areas including commercial groups.
- To introduce new information technology (IT) facilities.
- Monitoring and influencing EU information to benefit the moving industry by professional advice and effective lobbying.
- To monitor quality systems.
- To develop and maintain contact with all relevant institutions and representatives.
- To co-ordinate and develop relationship with consumer groups.
- To encourage training initiatives.
- To advise the professional movers of Europe on developments and progress by maintaining good communications and relations.
- To reinforce the resources available by co-ordinating and delegating tasks to national secretariats.
- To effectively use the strength of the moving industry by co-ordinating lobby activities and using Members to assist when a particular issue is identified.
- To monitor developments within the moving industry.
- To develop and maintain relationships with all trade organisations relevant to the moving industry.
- To promote awareness of career opportunities within the professional moving industry and support young movers.
Cooperation with International Organsations
To strenghten the influence and power FEDEMAC is actively cooperating with international organisations. FEDEMAC is
- Associate Member of the International Road Transport Union (IRU) since 1998 and
- Member of the transport association Mobility for Prosperity in Europe (MPE) since 2008.
FEDEMAC is also in close contact with the
- eurpean association for forwarding, transport, logistic and customs services (CLECAT),
- FIDI Global Alliance,
- International Association of Movers (IAM),
- Canadian Movers Association (CAM), and
- World Customs Organisation.
Since 2006 FEDEMAC has an Observer status in the CEN (Centre of European Standardization).
Structure of FEDEMAC
FEDEMAC is administered by a General Assembly, which has full authority. The General Assembly is comprised of representatives of the FEDEMAC Members (Member Associations and Direct Affiliated Member Companies).
The General Assembly meets at least once a year in Europe to discuss and decide about the future policy and actions of FEDEMAC.
The Board is the executive body of FEDEMAC. The Board consists of the following elected Board Members:
Immediate Past President
Roberto Megia Rodriguez
Co-opted Board Member
The FEDEMAC Board normally meets four times a year. It takes into account decisions and works on the recommendation of the General Assembly. The FEDEMAC European Affairs Representative Tony Richman is co-opted Board Member. He reports about the lobbying matters and activities and assists in discussions and decision making.
The FEDEMAC office/secretariat is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt/Main.