Structure

The General Assembly: The General Assembly is the decision-making body of spiritsEUROPE and meets twice a year. It sets the direction of the organisation, agrees the budget and approves the organisation's strategic plan for the forthcoming year. It consists of all members of the organization, each represented by a permanent delegate.

The Board: The Board fills the gap between General Assemblies, ensuring urgent decisions are not delayed unnecessarily. It comprises the President, the Treasurer and 3 representatives of national trade associations and 3 representatives from the multinational companies.

The President: The President is elected for two years and support the organisation in delivering the mission and objectives.  Joep Stassen is spiritsEUROPE’s President since 14 November 2013.  He has worked as a lawyer and for a listed company as corporate secretary and in house lawyer.  He has worked for the Dutch spirits trade association for over 13 years.  Up until 2012, Joep worked for a semi-public commodity board for spirits and since then solely for the Dutch association for spirits importers and producers, SpiritsNL.

Standing Committees: There are 4 Standing Committees in spiritsEUROPE as well as ad-hoc working groups dealing with specific policies or technical issues.  They are open to all the members, meet at least 3 times a year and position papers are formulated based on consensus reached within each committee. 

“Our spirits have a well-deserved reputation for quality and innovation”
Commissioner Phil Hogan