Yesterday, Wednesday, 25 March 2020, EFESME had the opportunity to meet with its members to discuss the current global health situation, and to exchange views on how the different states and national lift associations are addressing the situation to protect their SMEs.
From the very beginning, thanks to the participation of EFESME members from Italy, Spain, France, Hungary, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, and later Germany, it was possible to see how the situation is very different depending on the internal situation of the individual countries, and how, as a result, the national associations, the industry, and the lift market are facing differently these new working and living conditions.
Taking due account of the fact that the situation is constantly and rapidly changing, the meeting and the experiences of the participants revealed points and criticalities common to all national realities:
EFESME members agreed that the Italian situation, as well as the way Italian SMEs are reacting to the crisis, thanks to the solidarity network created by the Italian association ANACAM, can be a good example to follow in order to manage the crisis within their associations and with their members, and even when they have to deal with the authority in order to obtain more clarity and information.
Furthermore, in view of the difficulties, and in order to reach its members, EFESME has decided to create two new internal, dedicated communication channels (via WhatsApp and via e-mail) to put the national associations and their members in immediate contact through the EFESME Secretariat, so that the Federation’s support can be even more present when its members are in difficulty, to encourage and support solidarity between members in the best way possible, and to ensure that the experience of the individual national associations can serve as positive ideas and inputs for the future.
EFESME and its President thank the members for their participation and for the collective effort they are making to protect and support the SMEs they represent at this unique and difficult time.