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2015 Annual General Meeting

On 4 December 2015 ECCT members voted in new boards of directors and supervisors for 2016 at the 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM). Bernd Barkey, Managing Director of Robert Bosch Taiwan will serve as chairman of the ECCT's board of directors in 2016 for the second consecutive year. Barkey was elected by the new board of directors at their first meeting following the AGM (see below for full list of directors and supervisors). At the AGM Chairman Barkey delivered an annual report to members. Besides the chairman's report, ECCT Vice Chairman & Treasurer Olivier Rousselet presented a summary of the chamber's financials while a report was also presented by ECCT Executive Supervisor Martin Lindstrom. In addition, Madeleine Majorenko, Head of the European Economic and Trade Office, made some remarks.


In his presentation to members, ECCT Chairman Barkey reported that 2015 was a very successful year for the chamber that included frequent engagement with government ministries and agencies throughout the year, helping to further promote members' business interests. Membership rose to over 840 individual members and the quality and participation at events remained very high. In terms of advocacy, progress was made on over 20% of the issues raised in the 2015 Position Papers, a similar level compared to previous years. Barkey noted that the ECCT was extremely active during the year, holding activities which included Premium Events, committee meetings and government visits. High profile activities included the Europe Day Dinner, Premium, Special and Committee Events which attracted high profile guest speakers from Taiwan and Europe.

The chamber continued to increase its activities nationwide by visiting mayors and participating in activities in Kaohsiung, Tainan and Hsinchu County and setting up the Southern Taiwan committee, the chamber's second regional committee, following the establishment of the Central Taiwan committee, based in Taichung. ECCT members and the secretariat also arranged or participated in numerous conferences, seminars and forums in conjunction with government agencies from both Taiwan and Europe. The chamber also participated in activities during the EU's first Mission for Growth to Taiwan from 3-5 June.

In his remarks Executive Supervisor Martin Lindström highlighted the chamber's cooperation with authorities both in Taiwan and the EU, including the second successful year of the EU-Taiwan Business and Regulatory Cooperation (EBRC) Programme, which is funded and coordinated by the European Union and run by the ECCT. This year six seminars were arranged under the programme on subjects such as food safety, electric vehicles, online copyright and consumer protection. He noted that the seminars have been very useful to both Taiwan authorities and ECCT members by providing up-to-date information on European regulations and promoting the best European standards and practices in Taiwan. Lindström also singled out the ECCT's Low Carbon Initiative, which he said continues to go from strength to strength with growing membership, increased cooperation with central and municipal governments and high profile events. He described the LCI as an established and recognized brand of the ECCT that sets the chamber apart as a progressive leader and promoter of low carbon development in Taiwan.

2016 Board of Directors 

Bernd Barkey, Managing Director, Robert Bosch Taiwan

Other directors (in alphabetical order)
Håkan Cervell, President, Ericsson Taiwan
Derrick Chan, Deputy Chairman/Managing Director, Swire Group Taiwan / Taikoo Motors, Taiwan Branch
Godwin Chang, Group Country Head, Société Générale Taipei Branch
H Henry Chang, Principal, Baker & McKenzie
Erdal Elver, President & CEO, Siemens Limited Taiwan
Christian Gasplmayr, Director, Consumer Goods Business, Swarovski Taiwan
Eng Leong Goh, Managing Director, BASF Taiwan
Uwe Halstenbach, General Manager, TÜV Rheinland Taiwan
Giuseppe Izzo, General Manager, STMicroelectronics
Daver Lau, General Manager, Amadeus Taiwan
Eckart Mayer, President & CEO, Mercedes-Benz Taiwan
Rufus Parkinson, Managing Director, Moët Hennessy Taiwan
Olivier Rousselet, Country Manager, BNP Paribas Taiwan
Francine Wu, CEO, Schroder Investment Management (Taiwan)

Alternate Directors (in order of election)
Bart Linssen, Service Manager, Solvent GmbH Taiwan Branch
Peter Trampe, Country Manager, ISS Facility Services Taiwan
John Pien, General Manager, Grundfos Handels AG Taiwan Branch
Thomas Zechel, President, Evonik Taiwan

2016 Board of Supervisors (in alphabetical order)

Rami Baitieh, CEO, Carrefour Taiwan
Mike Jewell, Senior Research Director, TNS Taiwan
Nathan Kaiser, Attorney at Law (Switzerland), Eiger
Thomas Kuiper, Chief Operating Officer, Gandi Asia
Martin Lindström, Group Director, DFI Home Furnishings Taiwan Limited - IKEA Taiwan

Alternate Supervisor
David Raymond, Managing Director, Chanel Taiwan