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VENDING – Erwin Wetzel is the new Director General of the EVA

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BRUSSELS – Erwin Wetzel was presented as the new EVA Director General at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Thursday 28 November. He took up his new post on 1 January 2014, and he replaces Catherine Piana who had managed the Association since 1997. The EVA is the European Coffee Association.

Erwin Wetzel will be responsible for representing the interests of the vending industry, but also the Office Coffee Service segment and water technology companies.

He is highly motivated and enthusiastic to serve as Director General, and believes that the best way of doing so is to fully understand the relevant issues in individual national markets. Erwin Wetzel has already stated that he plans to increase contact with Members, and promote further cooperation between the national associations.

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Erwin Wetzel, who has been Deputy Director since September 2012, studied Political Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and at the prestigious College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

He has experience of working in the European Parliament, as well as Head of Office for the Austrian Association of Municipalities in Brussels. He speaks fluent English and very good Spanish in addition to his native French and German.

Erwin Wetzel takes over from Catherine Piana, who over the last 16 years as the head of the EVA successfully managed to encompass the whole vending industry under a common umbrella, and developed the EVA into a widely respected trade organization to lobby the European Institutions.

Catherine will now work as a consultant for the EVA, primarily in the development of the annual Market Report, and the coordination of the EVA Coin and Banknote Group.

Both Catherine and Arnaud van Amerongen, who has stepped down after 6 years as EVA President, were honoured at the EVA AGM by the new President, Jan-Marck Vrijlandt, who thanked them sincerely for their long and successful service in their respective roles, and presented them with a token of appreciation marking their achievements

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