International cut flower and pot plant association appoints new board

International Flower Trade Association Union Fleurs has ended its general asssembly in Gran Canaria by paying tribute to Lennart Lovén for his work during his terms as Union Fleurs president and member of the board.

New president is Herman de Boon (VGB Netherlands) and Richard Fox (Kenya Flower Council) is vice-president.

Other board members include EU chair Frank Zeiler (BGI, Germany), Americas chairman Augusto Solano (Asocolflores, Colombia), pot plants chairman Martin Estad (Danske Prydplanter, Denmark), ornamentals chairman Gülsen Bay (Ornamental Plants & Products Exporters Union, Turkey), with Sylvie Mamias as secretary general.

New members are YMS Co of Japan and Agora Group of Belgium.

More than 40 participants from 15 countries were present at the meeting, coming from EU countries as well as Turkey, Morocco, Kenya, Colombia and Japan. Guests from partner organisations FLORINT, FSI (Floriculture Sustainability Initiative) and AIPH also attended.

Union Fleurs plans to lobby on international trade, phytosanitary regulations and customs issues, including the EU plant health regime, Reform of the EU Generalised System of Preferences, EU-Kenya/EAC EPA negotiations, market access issues for flowers from Ecuador and South Africa and an export ban by Russia on EU plant products.

Union Fleurs was founded in 1959 in Brussels and has members in 20 countries worldwide representing 1,500 floricultural traders and wholesalers in the EU. Members account for more than 80 per cent of the total value of the worldwide trade of cut flowers and pot plants.

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