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The 19th EuRA International Relocation Congress took place in Warsaw and it was a pleasure to have the EuRA family back together again. Predictably there was a lot of discussion on the geopolitical events that have reshaped our world since we all met in Malta and will continue to change the landscape of our industry before we meet again in Dubrovnik.
I would like to draw your attention to the report on our latest joint research initiative with our colleagues at the Canadian Employee Relocation Council. Finally I’d like to highlight our expanded networking programme for the coming year. Dubai, Chicago, and Dubrovnik will all be opportunities to build our networks, consolidate business and enjoy the diversity of our truly global industry.
Since our last edition, EuRA has scored a number of firsts. From having more guests than ever joining us in Washington DC to our first ever conference outside Europe, you can find the full reports inside this edition of the EuRApean.
We have some great projects in the pipeline for the coming years all aimed at increasing our value to our members and continuing to keep EuRA at the forefront of our dynamic and fast changing industry. Finally, we are really looking forward to welcoming our 650+ delegates to the great city of Warsaw for a week of inspiration, new ideas and some great networking - oh and a fantastic party or two!
In my last editorial I talked about the looming prospect of the UK referendum on the EU. In all honesty I didn’t believe that the UK would vote to leave, but like many people feared the worst which was confirmed on that sunny June morning.
Backed up by an outstanding group of talented and loyal consultants focussed on our different spheres of operation from research and education, to quality, conferencing and networking, not to mention our 500 amazing members across the world, we came to the conclusion that it’s not where we are that matters, but who we are.
“May you live in interesting times” the Chinese curse says. With the EU facing the biggest vote of confidence, or not in decades, what will be the impact of a Brexit should the worst case come to pass? One thing is for sure, the clients of the mobility industry in Europe will be looking to us for guidance and a way to continue doing seamless business with the bloc.
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In this issue: Over the past four years, EuRA (as part of the EARP – the European Academy of Relocation Professionals) has been developing a new fixed syllabus training programme that will sit alongside its existing individual qualifications. Kathy Chrisovergis, Managing Director of Celebrity International Movers, puts her perspective on the tough economic challenges effecting Greece and its relocation industry – providing lessons in survival and positive forward planning. EuRA Operations Director, Dominic Tidey discusses two of the hot topics in modern relocation services and asks: what do they mean for the mobility industry? And David Sanders of Relo Tracker argues that the global mobility services industry is missing a major opportunity to improve the way it communicates with itself.
Are you having difficulties with colleagues from overseas? Is integrating into an alien workforce proving to be a challenge? EuRA member, Cultural Awareness International, has a few tips that may help, together with some great tips on repatriation support. Michele Bar-Pereg discusses her innovative 'do it yourself' mobility platform and Louise Balban, Relocate UK’s manager, offers some advice to HR managers and others trying to find the best home rental solutions. We also discuss some of the do's and don'ts in Saudi Arabia in light of the Arab Spring as well as discovering how Qatar is getting ready for 2030.