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Cembureau announces new president and vice president

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Cembureau has appointed its new president and vice president at its General Assembly in Helsinki. Raoul de Parisot, Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Vicat, will take over as president from Gonçalo Salazar Leite, Vice Chairman of SECIL. Isidoro Miranda Fernandez, CEO of LafargeHolcim Spain, will assume the position of Vice President.

During a session on a year of political change in Europe, former President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy addressed attendees and provided an insight into the future challenges for the EU. He stressed the importance of industry in addressing these challenges, particularly when it comes to maintaining European competitiveness as the bloc’s industries move to decarbonise.

Seamus Conboy, Head of Europe for global communications and campaigns agency Red Flag, also addressed the assembly. He highlighted the fragmentation in the new European Parliament and impressed the need for the cement industry to engage as widely as possible in order to be successful in its public affairs efforts.

“The European cement industry is indispensable for European society today,” said de Parisot following his election as president. “We stand ready to work with new and returning MPs and European Commissioners to deliver a carbon neutral Europe. Europe delivers on goals such as competitive and innovative industry, a circular European economy, and low-carbon construction for all so that the bloc can remain a region of prosperity, and sectors like the cement industry can continue to make significant contribution to future growth.”

In his farewell message, Gonçalo Salazar Leite emphasised that big strides has been made by Cembureau in improving its communication profile, which also allowed the cement industry to develop a full value chain narrative on its 5 C approach, emphasising the benefits concrete brings to society in terms of its durability, recyclability, thermal mass, and recarbonation potential.

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