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Results from the UIB meetings in Paris on 5th March 2012


With the participation of delegates from Brazil, CIPAN, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Israel, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Venezuela, the four UIB Working Commissions met in Paris within the framework of the Europain Trade Show.

The Commission “Economy and Social Policy”, chaired by Christian Vabret from France, addressed the current status of the bakery industry in the different participating countries. Most UIB members had previously submitted a report to the General Secretariat, and during the meeting, each country presented this report and also spoke about the situation of their policies for reducing the percentage of salt in bread, which their respective governments are proposing to them. All these reports will be translated and incorporated into the UIB website. Furthermore, the Commission unanimously approved the incorporation of Morocco as a new Commission member.


The Commission “Marketing and Publicity”, chaired by Lorenzo Alonso from Spain, analyzed and approved the detailed budget for the participation of the UIB in the International Congress of Nutrition 2013 in Granada. It was agreed to make the best possible efforts to get funding for the planned expenses. The Commission also dealt with the strengthening of the activities related to the World Day of Bread, and discussed possible ways to carry out actions of Social Responsibility.

The Commission “Vocational Training”, chaired by Kaspar Sutter from Switzerland, agreed to consider the International Competition of Young Bakers and the WorldSkills championships to be the two competitions with the greatest interest to the UIB. It was decided unanimously to raise the maximum age for participation in the International Competition of Young Bakers to the age of 25, provided that not more than one year has passed since the candidates obtained their professional certificate. This age will also be proposed to WorldSkills, which will take a decision about including the bakery profession in their competition area during their next general meeting to be held in South Korea. The Commission also analyzed the questionnaire proposed by the Presidency, which will be sent to all members and will allow the UIB to have a better knowledge about the various championships and schools that currently exist in the different member countries of the UIB.

Finally, the Commission “Organization”, chaired by Boldiszár Ilonka from Hungary, reviewed the actions that are being undertaken to gain new members for the UIB and made and in-depth analysis of the UIB-UIPCG merger, agreeing to submit a draft of the consolidated joint By-Laws to the representatives of UIPCG.

Following the Commission Meetings, the UIB President and Secretary-General, together with Mr. Günther Koerffer, had a meeting with the President and the Secretary General of the UIPCG, Mr. Schenk and Mr. Widmann, to review the current state of affairs between the two Unions, and handing over the mentioned draft of the consolidated joint By-Laws.

The UIB encounter in Paris ended with a splendid gala dinner at the Seat of the French Senate, which was chaired by the Vice-President of the Senate and former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who held a speech stressing the importance of having a balance between tradition and innovation, together with the need of pursuing quality as well as having a global vision to be the keys to the future of a profession as essential to society and as close to the consumer as is the Baker.


The UIB would like to thank our hosts from the National Confederation of French Bakery, its President Monsieur Jean-Pierre Crouzet, its Secretary-General Monsieur Philippe Maupu, and the President of the Salon Europain, Monsieur Patrice Jacquelin, for their hospitality and the excellent organization of both professional and social events.