After the 2007 Session that took place in Istanbul, Turkey, the Summer Session 2008 was organised by the Italian National Delegation in romantic Venice and more precisely, at the Westin Excelsior Hotel on the Lido Island in the lagoon of Venice.

The EIGA Summer Sessions are a traditional occasion where the EIGA members not only hold their Annual General Assembly but also share their views on Safety, Environment, Standards and Regulations issues relevant to the industrial and medical gases business. This year approximately 200 delegates and their partners had registered from around 25 European and Middle East countries.

The Summer Session kicked-off with a full day meeting for the Industrial Gases Council (IGC) and the Medical Gases Council (MGC), with both councils hosting guests from the Compressed Gas Association (CGA), as the US/Canada sister association. In the afternoon, the Board of Directors (BoD) held its second meeting of this year.

Welcome reception
After a long working day for the members of the Councils and the Board, the whole party of delegates and partners embarked to the main island of Venice for the Welcome Reception and Dinner at the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, one of the most famous ‘scuole’ of Venice founded in the thirteenth century. The Vice President of EIGA, Guy Salzgeber of Air Liquide, greeted all participants and wished a prompt recovery to the EIGA President, Stefan Messer of the Messer Group - absent due to health problems.

The dinner itself was preceded and followed by a Bel Canto concert in the prestigious gathering room of the Sculoa, decorated with paintings from Tintoretto and other famous Venetian painters.

The following day, after a Business Meeting with an external guest speaker, delegates were invited to visit several islands of the Laguna, namely Murano, to learn more about the gases application in the famous glass fabrication, as well as Torecello and Burano.

Traditionally, the Friday morning of the session is covered by the Annual General Assembly where the Vice President asked for endorsement of decisions taken by the Board two days before. As specified by the statutes, the reports of the Vice-president and of the General-Secretary were followed by the reports of the chairmen of the MGC, IGC and Safety Advisory Group (SAG).

A notable highlight of the meeting is the award giving ceremony, to the managers of the companies and site locations with the best safety records. The meeting was completed with a conference from a local economist and the presentation of the location of next year’s Summer Meeting in Tallinn (Estonia), by the hosting National Delegation.

The Gala Dinner in the prestigious Salone degli Stucchi, followed by a spectacular fireworks display concluded the successful Summer Meeting 2008.