The last of our Council Case Studies comes from Sean Murray, who has been involved at various different levels of the chamber for more than a decade now. Today is the last day to send applications for Council elections, please follow this link for more information. Nomination forms must be filled in and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by today (midnight).
I was introduced to the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium about 11 years ago by an existing member and good friend of mine. I soon recognised that the chamber provides an excellent and unrivalled platform for business engagement with EU institutions and officials based in Brussels. Over that time too, I have seen the chamber grow from an organisation run on a shoe string to become a very professional business association with proper resources and an ever growing membership.
Over the years, I’ve learnt that the more you put into the chamber, the more you get out. Consequently, I’ve been happy to serve as Vice Chair of the EU Committee, a member of Council, Chair of the Business Security task force and most recently on the Executive Committee as the chamber’s Vice President. Most recently, I’ve enjoyed working with other members of Council and the secretariat to develop the Chamber’s Social Responsibility programme and profile. We’ve identified a central theme – youth employment – where we will seek to focus our activities and build recognition of the chamber’s contribution. I’ve enjoyed building a good relationship with the European Youth Forum which will be a key partner in our efforts. Also I’ve had the opportunity to position the chamber as a key partner of the EU institutions in fighting contraband, counterfeit and organised crime which have such a negative impact on our member companies’ business and brand reputations. The first European Serious Organised Crime conference co-hosted by the chamber and Europol in February 2013 was a great success and the second ‘edition’ is scheduled to be held 22 April with very high-ranking speakers from the European Commission and the European Parliament.