Europarks, the lobbying group established to represent the amusement park industry within the European parliament, is no more. Its activities and priorities will now be continued through the offices of IAAPA Europe in Brussels.
in 1981 by the British and German trade associations BALPPA and VDFU, Europarks has been the voice of the industry in many cross-national issues, from potential new laws affecting outdoor workers to reduced levels of income tax and a Europe-wide safety reporting system.
“It’s only really in the past couple of years that IAAPA had had a major European presence and begun campaigning on the same sorts of issues,” notes Europarks’ most resident president, Colin Dawson. “To avoid confusion between the role of the two groups, we decided to dissolve Europarks. IAAPA has great resources and I am sure it will be equally effective in representing the industry’s interests in Europe.”