Our Information Team is led by Jason Breakwell and focuses on conferences, internal and external communications, marketing and P.R., presentations and merchandise.
Some of the activities the team (Jason, Luc Van Herck, Marcel Saarloos and Michael Wortmann) is involved with are the monthly Vigilant EMEA newsletter, the IQ global magazine, refreshing and developing the EMEA website, organising our main conferences, supporting regional conferences and promoting TAPA in the media and at various events around the EMEA region.
TAPA runs three conferences per year at various locations in EMEA which are one of the prime advantages of TAPA EMEA membership. Attended by over 200 security and supply chain professionals and supported by a selection of security provider exhibitors, each event provides a unique networking opportunity and the chance to listen to and discuss the latest issues affecting supply chain security and get involved in practical workshops addressing topical issues. Presentation topics include Cargo crime case studies, Regulatory changes, Crime trends and analysis, New crime prevention techniques, Equipment and technology updates and Updates from law enforcement agencies.
Each conference also includes an evening social event that enables delegates to network and establish new contacts in an informal environment.
During the year, TAPA EMEA also organises smaller regional conferences aimed at addressing concerns, increasing its profile and expanding membership in specific countries. These events are also open to existing members and include an update of the Association’s activities.
Regulatory affairs represent a key area of TAPA EMEA’s agenda as it works to protect its members’ interests and bring about positive changes in security legislation, practices and attitudes in the supply chain and insurance communities as well as with law enforcement and other government agencies. This involves day-to-day liaison and exchanges of information with law enforcement authorities to raise awareness, increase co-operation and facilitate more pro-active and effective anti-crime activities. TAPA EMEA also spends considerable time and resources advising and lobbying European and other government authorities to ensure members’ interests are represented at these levels, for example seeking conformity between European security regulations and TAPA security requirements.
TAPA has enjoyed great success in bringing cargo crime to the political agenda in crime ‘hot spots’ in Europe. For example, in the Netherlands, in response to a campaign driven by TAPA, the Dutch government has appointed a special Prosecutor dedicated to the fight against cargo crime. TAPA has also had input into the United Nations’ work to set international agenda on land transport security and participated in forums hosted by the Organisation for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Other partners are the EU and the WCO.