Words from the EDA President: The more the merrier!Published 7/3, 2019 at 12:24
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of opening the international conference, ‘Industry and sustainable demolition’, organised by the Serbian Demolition Association (SDA) in collaboration with the European Demolition Association (EDA).
I was glad to see how the Serbian association has grown and has found its place in the industry. Now it has almost 30 members, and this reminded me of its beginnings three years ago, when the EDA supported its creation.
From the EDA’s perspective, we not only want to grow ourselves, but also to help other national demolition associations to be born and grow, in order to work together to get improvement in the industry. The experience that we have been accumulating during more than 40 years of professional activity allows us to be a good mentor so that new associations can emerge. The setting up, the creation and maintenance of contacts, the knowledge of the functioning of the industry, and all the others matters that are crucial in the first moments of a new association are steps through which EDA has already passed, so all the data and background collected may be very useful for new entities.
This is not the first time that we have helped a national association in its first steps. The Finnish Demolition Association (FDA) is a good example of EDA's commitment to helping more countries gain their own associations, and to spread the benefits that the demolition industry can achieve if we all work together and cooperate actively. The support we provide to associations is not only in their creation from scratch: the Irish Association of Demolition Contractors (IADC) was reactivated in collaboration with the EDA.
We feel very proud to be able to accompany new associations in their first years of life, and to continue with them along their journey, with unconditional support and long term commitment for continuity on our part. Sharing knowledge and experience is the best way to encourage organisations to develop in order to work better, all together.
The EDA was founded in 1978 and is the leading platform for national demolition associations, demolition contractors and suppliers. The EDA has a strong focus on developments in Europe, which are of interest to the demolition industry.