European Metalworkers’ Federation elects new leadership


Today at the fourth Congress of the EMF a new leadership was elected for the next EMF Congress period.

Ulrich Eckelmann, Director of IG Metall’s Department of Economic, Technological and Environmental Policy since 1988 in Germany, was elected new EMF General Secretary having received 99,5% of the votes cast. With a solid trade union background in economic and financial analysis as well as in industrial and collective bargaining policy, the new General Secretary will steer future EMF policies which seek to guarantee a sustainable future for European metal industries and a decent and organised future for metalworkers in Europe.

From left: Renzo Ambrosetti, EMF President (Unia, CH), Ulrich Eckelmann, EMF General Secretary (IG Metall, DE) and Bart Samyn, EMF Deputy General Secretary (ABVV-Metaal, BE)

Congress also re-elected both Renzo Ambrosetti, President of Unia (CH), as EMF President (with 99% of the votes cast) and Bart Samyn (ABVV Metaal – BE) as EMF Deputy General Secretary (with 96,7% of the votes cast).

The EMF Congress, attended by nearly 600 persons, opened on 9 June at the historical Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord venue, the site of a former iron smelting works, which is now a feature of the Ruhr Valley’s industrial culture route. Participants included nearly 500 EMF delegates from 70 affiliated organisations across 34 European countries and some 100 international and local guests and observers.

Congress debated and adopted amendments to the EMF Statutes and elected a new Executive Committee and Auditing Committee. On the second Congress day, delegates will hold a debate on the EMF Work Programme drawn up for the next Congress period.

The President, on behalf of the Executive Committee, conveyed thanks to Peter Scherrer, EMF General Secretary since 2005, who is moving back to his native Germany to pursue his professional activities. His key involvement in enhancing EMF visibility, in the driving-forward of EMF industrial policy and promotion of increased cooperation between the European industrial trade union federations were particularly underlined.


PRESS 12/2011

The EMF is the representative body defending the interests of workers in the European metal industry. The EMF has a mandate for the external representation and coordination of the metalworkers' unions and a mandate to engage in bargaining at European level.

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