It is with deep regret that I must inform you that the EFTTA Board has unanimously decided it necessary to cancel EFTTEX 2021 because of current circumstances surrounding the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
We were hopeful when vaccines got approval at the end of last year that EFTTEX would go ahead in June 2021. While the rollout of vaccinations is well underway, it is slower than expected in some countries. In addition recent weeks has made it more and more obvious that travel restrictions will undoubtedly still be in place come June.
It also looks certain that most of our non-EU participants (exhibitors and visitors) will not be able to travel to Prague, not just because of travel restrictions but also because some companies have suspended staff travelling overseas during the pandemic.
The EFTTA Board had a very difficult choice to make, to either run a much smaller show or to postpone again and refund as much as possible to exhibitors. The board has chosen the second option.
Many of you know EFTTA is not just a show organizer. In fact our main purpose is to defend and protect the fishing tackle industry at EU Parliament level in Brussels. For almost 40 years the show profits has enabled EFTTA finance this important lobby work.
We all know this work is more important than ever before as our industry is more under threat today than it ever has been. The EU is now rightly waging a war against plastic waste and other issues like lead and baits. Programs such as Natura 2000 or Horizon 2030 will seriously affect the future of the recreational fishing tackle industry.
With this in mind it is essential everyone in the industry lets EFTTA continue its lobbying work in Brussels and defend recreational anglers’ interests.
EFTTA held an extraordinary board meeting and decided the only option is to refund 75% to exhibitors that have already paid in full for their 2020 stand.
At this time we regret that immediate refunding 100% is simply not possible as EFTTA has already incurred substantial costs in preparing for a show in Prague. The remaining 25% will be offered as discounts off stands booked at future shows.
Having already postponed EFTTEX 2020 to 2021 and sadly being forced to postpone again will result in EFTTA facing financial difficulties.
However, out of the serious situation that Covid has caused globally there is still a great commitment from the EFTTA Board (who all volunteer their time for free) to keep working for the benefit for every company in our industry. I hope you all recognize that this ongoing work is essential for our future and not just in European countries but also for manufacturing companies around the world that supply goods to the European market.
We therefore need your support more than ever before! We need you on our side in order to defend all our common interests in Brussels.
Thank you very much for your understanding.