The EDA's new president, Yves Canessa, flanked by outgoing president Jan Brandis (left) and Giuseppe

The EDA's new president, Yves Canessa, flanked by outgoing president Jan Brandis (left) and Giuseppe Panseri, new vice president.

The European Demolition Association welcomed its new president at its recent conference held in the Spanish city of Bilbao, with Yves Canessa, currently with French demolition outfit DSD Demolition, takes over the top role in the association from outgoing president Jan Brandis. At the same meeting, Giuseppe Panseri of Italian firm Despe was confirmed in the position of vice president.

During his acceptance speech, Mr Canessa stressed the need for younger contractors to become active in the Association

The new management team have some work to do–the Bilbao event saw spirited disagreement between delegates over which topics should be first addressed by lobbying specialist Kellen – who has been engaged to raisethe EDA's profile at an EU level. Despite this disagreement, it was finally decided that Kellen would lobby for the NFDC's High ach Guidance Notes be adopted as the s for a Europe wide equivalent and that Waste–End of Life Criteria would also be ressed.

With the EDA representing just one third of the 30 EU member states, and some major countries missing from the list, there is clearly a for the new president and vice president dress this situation. D&Ri understands that contactt with the German association is to be einitiated shortly in the hope of that association returning to the fold at some point in the future, Canessa and Mr Panseri are obviously to move swiftly.

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