General Assembly


General Assembly

The European Federation of Jewellery  held its 4th General Assembly Milan – February 6th

The European Federation of Jewellery, created on November 2013, by representative trade associations of jewellery from France, Italy, Belgium and Portugal, adopted on February 6th its  priorities for action for the next months.

Mrs Ivana Ciabatti, President of Federorafi welcomed the EFJ members at Federorafi’s headquarters for EFJ General Assembly.

Mrs Bernadette Pinet Cuoq, President of EFJ reminded the main objectives of the European Federation of Jewellery:

  • to coordinate any further activities and exchanges between members,
  • to promote the European jewellery sector and to defend its interest in the European Union
  • to promote and develop a high level of education and training, research and practice in the field of jewellery making in the European Union,
  • to establish links with European and International organisations in order to ensure representation of the profession and the defense of its cultural, technical and material interests.

EFJ is in line with the jewellery industry expectations, who wished to strengthen its presence with the European institutions. Common issues are now coordinated into of concerted actions, at the level technical and also at the political level of the European Union.

The General Assembly was the occasion to make a review of activities conducted during 2016: launching of the EFJ website http://efjewellery.eu/, event organized in Brussels on November 8th, chaired by MEP Tokia Saïfi, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Committee on International Trade, in order to introduce the association and the best practices of the European jewellery sector. The audience was composed of Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission and the Member States, as well as relevant stakeholder. Main issues for the sector were exchanged such as conflict minerals, limits for cash payments and Made in.

The great success of this event will be followed by many actions in 2017, like bilateral meetings with European policy makers, in order to raise awareness about the jewellery sector, exchange views about best practices and spread knowledge about jewellery so as to improve discussions impacting the activities. In 2017, in order strengthen its role, new members will be invited to join the association.

Mrs Bernadette Pinet Cuoq was elected as the EFJ’s President, with three Vice-President: Mrs Ivana Ciabatti (Italy), Mrs Ana Freitas (Portugal) and Mr Jan Orye (Belgium).