The various European federations of the dimension stone industry decided in 1950 to found a common organization to work together on the European level. As the process of European integration has developed, the need for joint decision making and common activities has increased. As in most fields, it is also true in the dimension stone industry that a common European standpoint is needed, in order to harmonize the interests of the member federations and at the same time to protect the regional diversity of the industry.
The aim of this federation is to coordinate questions of common interest, find solutions for common problems, promote dimension stone, as well as represent it in dealings with European institutions in addition to political and industrial bodies, scientific institutions and universities at the international level.
The federation is officially registered under Belgian law with a central office near the Frankfurt/Main Airport in Germany. Specific topics and problems are dealt with in working groups and workshops. Commissions exist to address the culture of tombs/monuments, training/educational issues and technical questions.
All the relevant national federations of the European Union are members of EUROROC. Friendly relations are maintained with stone federations outside the EU and worldwide networking is gaining more and more importance.
Kristof has been in natural stone business since 2000, first as researcher in the Belgian Building Research Institute, and since 2002 as geologist in the Brachot-Hermant Group. The Brachot-Hermant Group is a Belgian family company with more than 110 year of experience in natural stone. The Group has own quarries (in Norway, Ireland, South-Africa, France, Portugal), own factories (Belgium, South-Africa, Ireland, India) and is a wholeseller with warehouses in different coutries in Europe.
Apart from his responsabilities in the Brachot-Hermant Group, he's also President of the Union of Belgian Marble Quarries and processors, and member of Febenat (Belgian importers federation). Kristof is also member of several Technical Comittees in Belgium and Europe.
Kristof is a doctor in geology.
Stijn has been in natural stone business since 2002. He's the CEO of the Renier Natuursteen Group, a Belgian company that extracts Belgian Blue Limestone and Vinalmont Limestone and process these and other materials into slabs and finished products.
Apart from this responsability he's also the President of the Federation of Belgian Blue Limestone Quarries and a boardmember of Pierres et Marbes de Wallonie and the Union of Belgian Marble Quarries and Processors.
Stijn is a Master in Applied Economic Sciences and in Business Administration.
Prof. Dr. Gerd Merke is Secretary General of EUROROC in an honorary position and is lecturing at the University RheinMain in Wiesbaden.
Mr. Merke is Juris Doctor from the University of Augsburg/Germany and holds a Master Degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.. He has been practising in mining engineering law. Among his specialities is mining law and the application of security regulations in companies. He is one of the first experts that introduced best practices in the mining industry. Together with the Centre Terre & Pierre, Tournai, Belgium he introduced the “Good Environmental Practice in the European Extractive Industry - A Reference Guide” in 1999 and has been working in the field ever since.
Euroroc is proud to have members from all over Europe. They represent the whole industry: from the extraction of the raw material via the processors and the dealers to the local stonecutters and installers.