Onofre, an entrepreneur and designer who is also President of the Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association (APICCAPS), was unanimously re- elected during the General Assembly of the CEC, held on the June 25.

Onofre’s first term was marked by the unprecedented economic and health Covid-19 crisis. He said: “These two years were the most difficult for our sector, but we have to look for further opportunities for European footwear to strengthen its status in international markets. Maintaining free and fair trade is our priority, namely a system based on free, fair and balanced trade”.

Over the past two years, the CEC has focused its efforts towards pleading for open and rules-based trade to European Union institutions, in the broader context of the new European Industrial Strategy that sets out instruments and complementary regulations to support the green and digital transitions of footwear companies.