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NEWLY-FORMED CIBJO EUROPEAN JEWELLERY GUILD HOLDS INAUGURAL MEETING IN VICENZA
26 September 2017
CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has announced the establishment of a new organization formed with the aim of representing the common interests of all European jewelry players.

The newly-formed CIBJO European Jewellery Guild, which was created and held its inaugural meeting on September 23 at the VICENZAORO jewelry show in Vicenza, Italy, has been formally established within the World Jewellery Confederation to advocate for the common interests of European based participants in the jewelry and gemstone industries, and to represent them in contacts with officials, departments and agencies of the European Commission, European Parliament and European Council.

Among the organizations represented at the meeting, which was chaired by CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri, were Union Française de la Bijouterie, Joaillerie, Orfèvrerie de Pierres & des Perles (UFBJOPP), from France; the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) and ARS NOBILIS, from Belgium; Confidustria and Assogemme, of Italy; BV Schmuck & Uhren and Fachvereinigung Edelmetalle, from Germany; as well the safety and standards organisation UL. UBOS from Switzerland and the National Association of Jewellers from the United Kingdom were represented by proxy.

At the proposal of Dr. Cavalieri, the meeting officially approved the establishment of the CIBJO European Jewellery Guild, with the organizations represented at the meeting in Vicenza recognized as its founding members. All other associations and organizations operating in Europe that are already members of CIBJO's will automatically become members of the new body.

The announcement also notes that the meeting participants unanimously approved Dr. Cavalieri's nominations of CIBJO European Jewellery Guild office holders. The president of the new body is Bernadette Pinet-Couq, Executive President of UFBJOPP, who to date has also served as chair of the European Jewellery Federation, which is a body uniting jewellery associations from France, Belgium, Italy and Portugal. The nominations of four vice presidents were approved, including Dr. Stefano De Pascale, Director of Confidustria; Michael Bloch, Vice Charmain of ARS NOBILIS; Guido Grohmann, Managing Director of BV Schmuck & Uhren; and Charles Chaussepied, a UFBJOPP board member and former chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

At the inaugural meeting, Pinet-Couq outlined the challenges facing the body, which include the lack of balance in tariffs between Europe and its primary jewelry trading partners, harmonizing the often widely divergent thresholds for cash payments between different countries within Europe, the establishment of a compulsory "Made in Europe" seal for jewelry produced in Europe, and addressing issues related to the introduction of recently passed conflict minerals legislation by the European Parliament.

"This is an important milestone for the European jewellery sector, and we are proud to have been able to play a role in facilitating the CIBJO European Jewellery Guild's creation," said Dr. Cavalieri. "It is clear that we have a significantly greater chance of addressing our position in Europe if we are united, speaking with a one clear voice. This is most definitely the case when interacting with the various branches of government in the European Union, not only in addressing the challenges that face us, but also in projecting our position as ethical business leaders, and as a major resource of prestige and export revenue."
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