Initiated in 1997, the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (ECC) is a non-governmental business interest group. The ECC is a ‘Chamber of Chambers’ with its membership comprising 14 European Chambers based in Hong Kong and 1 in Macau. The appointed representatives of these chambers make up the ECC board of directors.
The ECC’s key objectives are to:
- Provide a channel of communication within European chambers in Hong Kong and economical circles.
- Promote commercial, industrial, financial, scientific and other economic exchanges of all types between Hong Kong and the European Union.
- Identify the problems that European companies may encounter in their development within Hong Kong and their extended Mainland Chinese market.
- Host functions that allow members to discuss and network with Hong Kong and European officials.
The day-to-day operations of the EU Business Information Programme (EUBIP) are run by the ECC office.
The Board of the European Chamber is responsible for the strategic development of Chamber activities. The current Board comprises:
- Wilhelm Brauner, Austrian Chamber of Commerce (Treasurer)
- Jean-Paul Cuvelier, Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce
- Christopher Hammerbeck, British Chamber of Commerce (Special Advisor)
- Jens-Erik Olsen, Danish Chamber of Commerce
- Daniël de Blocq van Scheltinga, Dutch Chamber of Commerce
- Horst Geicke, German Chamber of Commerce
- Ekkehard Goetting, German Industry & Commerce
- Seán Pattwell, Irish Chamber of Commerce
- Fabio De Rosa, Italian Chamber of Commerce
- Andrius Bartuskevicius, Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce (observer status)
- Maggie Tumenbatur, Romanian Chamber of Commerce
- Jose Martino, Spanish Chamber of Commerce
- Karine Hirn, Swedish Chamber of Commerce
- Filipe Santos, Portuguese-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (Macao)
*The Chairmanship of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong rotates alphabetically through the member EU Chambers. The Vice-Chairman is the following year’s Chairman. Both positions are held for one year.