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08.01.2018
Growing Media Europe AISBL

Ste­fa­an Van­dae­le new Chair­man of Gro­wing Media Euro­pe

On 1 Janu­a­ry 2018, for­mer vice chair Ste­fa­an Van­dae­le offi­ci­al­ly took over the chair­manship of Gro­wing Media Euro­pe from Nor­bert Siebels, who step­ped down from the posi­ti­on in the cour­se of his upco­m­ing reti­re­ment end of 2019.

For­mer Chair­man of Gro­wing Media Euro­pe Nor­bert Siebels

As Board Mem­ber, vice chair and later chair of EPAGMA (the pre­de­ces­sor asso­cia­ti­on of Gro­wing Media Euro­pe), Nor­bert Siebels has been a lea­ding figu­re and a power­ful dri­ving force in the industry´s inte­rest rep­re­sen­ta­ti­on on European level sin­ce 2004. In his posi­ti­on as chair­man of Gro­wing Media Euro­pe, he was ent­rusted with the tran­si­ti­on to the new asso­cia­ti­on and its suc­cess­ful kick-off in 2016. “The mem­bers of Gro­wing Media Euro­pe and pre­vious­ly EPAGMA owe Nor­bert Siebels gre­at gra­ti­tu­de for his pas­sio­na­te com­mit­ment, con­stant enga­ge­ment and far­sight­ed decisi­ons, that were instru­men­tal in paving the way to suc­cess for both asso­cia­ti­ons,” decla­red Ste­fa­an Van­dae­le, who was desi­gna­ted to suc­ceed Nor­bert Siebels fol­lo­wing an unani­mous decisi­on of the Board Mem­bers last year.

New Chair­man of Gro­wing Media Euro­pe Ste­fa­an Van­dae­le

Ste­fa­an Van­dae­le is the Mana­ging Direc­tor of Green­yard Hor­ti­cul­tu­re, one of the foun­ding mem­bers of Gro­wing Media Euro­pe, and has been actively invol­ved in the pre­de­ces­sor asso­cia­ti­on EPAGMA sin­ce 2005. Sum­ma­ri­zing his visi­on for Gro­wing Media Euro­pe, he empha­si­zed that “Our sec­tor is not only fit for the future, it is a strong basis for crea­ting a more sustainab­le future! High­ly inno­va­ti­ve gro­wing media pro­duc­ts con­tri­bu­te to healt­hy and sustainab­le food pro­duc­tion, cli­ma­te chan­ge miti­ga­ti­on and gree­ner living spaces. To assu­re the sustainab­le deve­lop­ment of our sec­tor and deve­lop a con­struc­tive dia­lo­gue, we rely on Gro­wing Media Euro­pe to bring tog­e­ther our member´s views and act as our European focal point in Brussels. I am eager to take on my new respon­si­bi­li­ties as chair­man and to keep moving things in the right direc­tion for our sec­tor.”

Notes to edi­tors: Gro­wing Media Euro­pe AISBL is an inter­na­tio­nal non-pro­fit orga­ni­sa­ti­on rep­re­sen­ting the pro­du­cers of gro­wing media and soil impro­vers at European level. For more infor­ma­ti­on, plea­se con­tact Ceci­lia Luet­ge­bru­ne, Secreta­ry Gene­ral: cecilia.​[email protected]​growing-​media.​eu