Upcoming events

Final Conference of the ELESA Project 

The project partners invite you to join at the final conference of the project in Mijoux, French Jura (30km from Geneva) on 25 September 2015.

The conference will facilitate the dissemination of all the products of the project and will act as a platform for stakeholders from the sector to explore ways of enhancing opportunities and mobility foe Outdoor Animators accros the European Union.

Conference news and information:

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Future strategy for fitness and outdoor sectors
The plenary meeting of the DIAL Project in social dialogue convened at the UK Trades Union head office on 17th September. 60 employers and employers organisations from 20 different EU Member States attended the congress to hear the latest European initiatives and proposals that will affect the progress in social dialogue, mobility and education, representation of the sector at a European level, some new sector definitions and the establishing of a skills council for fitness and ourdoor sectors. Read more ...

Who we are

The European Confederation of Outdoor Employers (EC-OE) was founded in 2008 as a representative umbrella organisation of the national associations of outdoor companies in Europe. Factsheet

EC-OE's mission statement is:

Assuring Quality and Safety in the Outdoors by:

  • Adopting appropriate safety standards
  • Promoting a commitment to ongoing staff training
  • Promoting a commitment to a sustainable environmental policy
  • Sharing pertinent information with members 
  • Representation at appropriate national & international bodies
  • Acting as the voice of the European Outdoors

What we are

The European Confederation of Outdoor Employers (EC-OE) is an international non-for-profit organisation (IVZW) established according to Belgian law.  The Dutch version of the "Articles of Association" is the original.  The English translation can be consulted here.


Herman Smulders, President of EC-OE
Wolfshaegen 180, B-3040 Huldenberg, Belgium
e-mail: herman.smulders(at)ec-oe.eu
Tel: + 32 (0)495 534 534
SKYPE:  hermansmulders

Jean-Yves Lapeyrère, Secretary of EC-OE
e-mail : info(at)ec-oe.eu
Tel: + 33 (0) 674 596 087
SKYPE:  jylapeyrere