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Election of first member from Asia to IAPCO Council in 20 years

March 28, 2013

March 2013

Election of first member from Asia to IAPCO Council in 20 years

Kayo Nomura of Congress Corporation, Japan, was unanimously elected as a new member of the IAPCO Council at the recent General Assembly in Dublin, and becomes the first elected Council member, in the last 20 years, from Asia. Although she formally joined Congress Corporation in 2001, Kayo’s career in conferences and events traces back to December 1997, to her first involvement in a large-scale international conference – the Third Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP3), in Kyoto, Japan. This relevant meeting is better known as the ‘Kyoto Protocol Conference’.

Since that meeting, Kayo counts herself fortunate enough to have been involved in many different types of conferences during her career. “In this business, I enjoy accomplishing each individual project, respectively, through which I can meet people in a diverse range of fields and acquire a variety of expertise,” she said. “And now I would like to try to give back and contribute more to the industry, in particular to IAPCO. I have a true Asian background and I hope I can bring some new perspectives to this wonderful association, which I cherish so much. I am delighted to be elected to Council to achieve this aim.”

In other changes to the IAPCO Council, Roslyn McLeod, arinex, Sydney, stepped down after 11 years’ service; Nicky McGrane, Conference Partners, Dublin, was officially elected to Council following her previous year as a co-opted member, as co-host of the 2013 Dublin Annual Meeting. Sarah Markey-Hamm, ICMS Melbourne, was co-opted to Council as the host of the 2014 Melbourne Annual Meeting & General Assembly. All other Council members remained in post or were re-elected.

Realising the European Single Market Forum 2012:

February 10, 2012

Realising the European Single Market Forum 2012:

Will proposed changes to contract law & redress routes increase consumer & business confidence in Europe?
6th March 2012, Le Chatelain Hotel, Brussels
Featuring a Keynote Address by Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
To register, please go to You can also contact James Wilmott on / +44 (0) 2920 783 022 for further information.

This year’s event will focus on a number of recent proposals from the European Commission, most notably those relating to the introduction of an optional Common European Sales Law (CESL). These proposals cover both business-to-business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) contracts for the sale of goods and related services, with the intention of creating a single set of rules that can be used during these transactions instead of national sets of laws.
This conference will also explore the current proposals for Collective Redress, Alternative Dispute Resolution/Online Dispute Resolution and the review of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (due Spring 2012).

Speakers Include:
Viviane Reding
European Commissioner
Justice, Fundamental Rights & Citizenship

Ursula Pachl

Maurits Bruggink

Susanne Czech

Veronica Manfredi
European Commission

Further Information:
More than 100 delegates already registered! To guarantee your place at this event, please register.

Other Speakers Include:
– Mihalea Carpus Carcea, Policy Officer, DG Justice, European Commission
– Hanne Melin, European Legislative Counsel, eBay
–  Jules Stuyck, Faculty of Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
– Lewis Crofts, Chief Antitrust Correspondent, MLex
– Eddy De Smijter, Deputy Head of Unit A1, Private Enforcement, DG Competition, European Commission
– Sebastian Bohr, Deputy Head of Unit – Financial Services and Redress, DG SANCO, European Commission
– Pula Houghton, Director of Public Policy & Consumer Markets, Which?

What will be discussed?

The Optional CESL – a project too far or the enabler for cross-border trade in Europe?

Will the creation of a single set of optional rules for sales contracts meet the objective of increasing cross-border trade in Europe? Will the parallel and optional nature of the regulation create more choice or as it is argued, more uncertainty? What will the impact be on legal costs and will issues such as the variations between member state VAT rules and cultural dimensions such as language always present barriers to cross-border trade that cannot be overcome? Can the CESL develop to become a gold standard used as a mark of trust and quality, and will the inclusion of digital goods be key in driving forward cross border e-commerce?
Ensuring a functioning system for redress in Europe – Collective Redress, Class Actions & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Collective redress and ADR are seen as key routes to creating a more efficient redress system in Europe. This session will explore issues such as whether consumer ADR outcomes should be binding and in what sectors if any should mandatory ADR be imposed? Should different ADR approaches be taken when dealing with consumer and SME complaints and how should ADR and collective redress function together?
Unfair Commercial Practices Directive – has maximum harmonisation worked?

The European Commission is currently working on a report reviewing the application of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive that is due in the spring of 2012. Have Member States transposed the Directive correctly and what have the main transposition problems been? What are the main areas of abuse by rogue traders? Do new practices need to be tackled and do small businesses require equal protection? Should the UCPD cover B2B as well as B2C transactions and how would this operate in practice?

Will legislative work in these areas support or hinder improvements in consumer and business confidence, and by extension boost economic growth in Europe?

Conference Partners:
The conference is Hosted by Seldia and EMOTA and is supported by eBay.

The Knowledge Partner for this event is Strategis Communications.
Forum Europe has launched its new website at where you can find our full list of events and services.

For further details regarding any of Forum Europe’s events or for details on working with Forum Europe, please contact James Wilmott on +44 (0) 2920 783 022 or email   

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