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Martin Kannegiesser elected as new President of the Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-Based Industries


24 Sep 2010


Social Europe & Jobs
Trade & Society

”Essential to have both a firm and constructive representation  in social policy matters“

Rome/Berlin. Today, the general assembly of the European Employers’ Organisation CEEMET elected Martin Kannegiesser, President of the German employers’ associations in the metal and electrical industry GESAMTMETALL, as the new President. He is the successor to Roberto Maglione, vice president of the Italian employers’ association Federmeccanica.

„Brussels already determines two thirds of our national rules of the game”, Kannegiesser explained. “The more distanced the policy makers are from the actual day-to-day operations, the less practical many of their propositions tend to become”. This is why it is essential to have both a firm and constructive representation in social policy matters, he said. Moreover, it is important to him to “deepen the understanding about each other and the potential for co-operation within the European metal and electrical industries, especially given the experience gained during the recent economic crisis”, as he stated in his acceptance speech in Rome.

CEEMET (Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-Based Industries) was founded in 1962 and has 23 member associations from 22 nations. The industry sector employs 13 million people in Europe. CEEMET voices the interests of the metal, engineering and technology-based industries with a particular focus on social policy and industrial relations issues and is part of a formal Social Dialogue framework with the European Metalworkers Federation (EMF).

Foto Kannegiesser:
Uwe Combüchen, Director General
CEEMET, Brussels
+32 2 706 84 65
Indra Hadeler, Deputy Director, International Relations
Gesamtmetall, Berlin
+49 30 55150250