Upcoming events

Congreso Internacional de Montañismo. Zaragoza, 26 - 28 March 2015



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