Our 2011 TBE Congress took place in Cyprus on 29 and 30 September. Our members and guests arrived at Le Méridien Limassol to be welcome on Wednesday evening with a buffet by the pool and with live music. The Executive Committee members gathered on Thursday morning and this meeting was followed by a well attended the General Assembly in the afternoon. On this occasion our Executive Committee was unanimously elected for three years, Mr Maliouris was elected as Vice-President and Dr Scheuch was re-elected as President. Dr Scheuch took the opportunity to thank our hosts, the Cyprus Ceramic Association, and the members for their continuous support and involvement in difficult economical conditions.
The day closed with the visit to a brick factory and a meze dinner accompanied by traditional dancing. The technical meeting for our combined masonry and roof tile expert groups took part on Friday, closing the event with lunch under the Mediterranean sun.
One of our guests, Mr Philippe Penillard, Chairman of Cleia, stated that he had been unaware of the quality of our annual meetings and so he had hesitated before signing up. At the close of the event he said it would have been an unforgivable mistake to have missed it and asked to be kept on the guest list.
Next year we will meet in the European Parliament in Brussels.