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Key Industry Leaders Attend IRTA Brussels Conference

 Provided to BarterNews by IRTA Global Board member David Wallach.

Brussels, one of two cities that host the European Union Parliament, provided the perfect backdrop for the 2007 IRTA European and Global Board meetings held the weekend of April 20. Both meetings were coordinated by IRTA Executive Director Krista Vardabash.

The International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA) is an organization serving the business currency industry (also known as the barter or trade industry) that enables over 400,000 global businesses to make the most of their excess business capacities and produce additional bottom-line profits.   

In attendance were industry leaders from all over Europe and beyond, representing the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Poland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Turkey, Iran, Canada and the USA.

The IRTA Global Board was the first to meet under the gavel of Board President Lois Dale. The Board addressed many issues including dispute resolutions, new member approval, finances and ethics.

In addition the Global Board passed important legislation by approving funding for a grass roots presentation that will be provided to IRTA members to help better educate the financial and business communities about the many benefits the industry provides.

IRTA European Board President Reiner Husemann of EBB Germany chaired their meeting. Language was not a barrier as Reiner fluently guided the board members through the business portion of the gathering.

Open discussion followed which was informed and lively. Expanding European membership, government relations, third party reporting to tax authorities, and ways to guarantee their business currency were discussed in detail. Resolutions were passed and committees were formed and charged to report their progress back to the Board later this year at the IRTA Convention.