On 27th February 2019 at a meeting of timeshare owners’ committees in Birmingham, delegates supported the proposals put forward for the budget, funding and structure for EUROC (European Resort Owners’ Coalition), the new European owners’ representative body, and gave their unanimous approval for its launch on March 1st.
Its creation follows the closure of TATOC in 2017, which left owners in the UK and mainland Europe without any form of representation and with little protection against the activities of fraudulent or deceptive operators. EUROC, which is run by owners, for owners, is to develop relationships with Europewide government departments, consumer organisations, enforcement bodies and the media, ensuring that the voice of the timeshare ownership community is heard and owners’ interests are formally represented and acted upon.
EUROC’s day-to-day functions are administered by RDO and a management agreement is already in place so that its operations are handled in the most economical way possible. Furthermore, the EUROC Board, which is made up of seven owners’ committee representatives and one representative respectively from ARDA-ROC and RDO, is in the process of recruiting a Member Relations Manager who will be responsible for bringing owners’ committees into membership. He or she will be the primary point of contact for owners’ committees, working to ensure their needs are met and that a forum to air, share and resolve issues of concern is created for the membership.
RDO and ARDA-ROC are funding EUROC over the course of 2019 to help set it up, but for 2020 it is expected to be close to self-funded through its membership fees.
Enquiries about EUROC membership should be directed to Paul Gardner Bougaard firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue McNicol email@example.com until the Member Relations Manager is in place. Details to follow shortly.