The 74th Meeting of the Managing Committee of the European Property Federation took place in Romania

EPF’s members own and manage property assets worth of € 1.5 trillion

Bucharest, June 3rdAt its Bucharest meeting, the Managing Committee of the European Property Federation gives top priority to expansion in Central and Eastern Europe under the leadership of Liviu Tudor, the founder and President of the Romanian Association of Building Owners.

Delegatia EPF, iunie 2015 (3)

The 74th Meeting of the Managing Committee of the European Property Federation (EPF) took place at Bucharest, on June 2nd. During this meeting, the leaders of the EPF, representing owners of € 1.5 trillion of real estate assets, gave the highest priority to expanding the federation throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

“Most Central and Eastern European countries have no more than an association for home owner occupiers and small residential landlords. Yet, as EU law impacts more and more areas crucial to real estate, these countries need strong associations representing the biggest residential and commercial players. EPF cannot defend their EU interests without them and we also need them to help us get the support of their governments and Members of the European Parliament”, said John R. Frederiksen, EPF President and Chairman of the Danish Property Federation, commenting on the initiative.

“For EPF, RABO is the benchmark real estate association among the ‘new’ member states. It has become a major contributor to practically all EPF efforts, be they on energy efficiency, the environment or planning law. We are grateful that Liviu Tudor has accepted to lead our expansion effort”, added John R. Frederiksen.

Liviu Tudor has a 25 years’ experience in business and over 17 years in real estate and commercial properties, and is one of the leading owners of office spaces in Romania. He has been a member of the Board of EPF starting with 2011, when RABO was founded.

“The main purposes are the same for all players: to inform policy makers and drive the economic prosperity to their countries. Without a collective voice, the real-estate industry will develop in different directions, no matter how much effort everybody makes. For example, we cannot ignore the fact that there are common difficulties in many European countries and that for an investor, transparency of all legal procedures concerning the real estate market goes a long way. This is why EPF was founded: to represents all aspects of property ownership and investment”, said Liviu Tudor, Romanian Association of Building Owners and Vice-Chairman of the Managing Committee of the EPF.

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About EPF and RABO  

EPF (European Property Federation): EPF represents all aspects of property ownership and investment: residential landlords, housing companies, commercial property investment and development companies, shopping centres and the property interests of the institutional investors (banks, insurance companies, pension funds). Its members own property assets valued at € 1.5 trillion, providing and managing buildings for the residential or service and industry tenants that occupy them. www.epf-fepi.com

RABO (Romanian Association of Building Owners): RABO is the first organization reuniting top leading local and international property investors operating in Romania, and aims to foster a sound, transparent and stable economic framework, governed by EU-level norms and standards. Its policy agenda includes a strategic vision for developing a harmonized EU property market, combined with practical solutions to speed up market recovery and thus yield sustainable industry growth. The organization works closely with industry leaders, other local and EU-level organizations, in order to ensure a harmonized framework for property investments, new developments, real estate financing, energy efficiency, social inclusion and environmental protection. www.rabo.org.ro

A new training course organized by RABO: Fire Safety for Facilities Managers

A new edition of the educational program for facility management, organized by RABO Academy in collaboration the British Institute of Facilities Management(BIFM), the most prestigious organization in the field at the European level, took place on the 13th and the 14th of May, 2015. The Fire Safety for Facilities Managers course was organized in West Gate Business Park.

Over 24 persons attended the course, from such companies as: HP, Siemens, Accenture, Infineon, Societe Generale, Unicredit, Ringier, WNS, Genesis Development and WFMC.

The Fire Safety course for Facilities Managers was held by Stewart Kidd, one of UK’s leading loss prevention specialists. Over the past 15 years he has been involved in a wide range of international projects including Burj Al Khalifa and The Shard (London Bridge Tower). He presently advises the lead insurers on fire safety for the Heathrow East project and the new King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.

This course aims to provide Facilities Managers and others with fire safety management responsibilities the knowledge and skills required to manage fire safety in the public sector and industrial and commercial premises a structured and cost-effective way.

RABO Academy is an initiative of the RABO Foundation, intended to provide a series of management-level educational programs for professionals activating in the real estate industry. The Academy aims at enhancing the level of professional quality standards provided within the industry.

European Property Federation appoints Liviu Tudor as Vice-President for Eastern Europe

Bruxelles, 28 February 2013 – Liviu Tudor, the founder and President of the Romanian Association of Building Owners (RABO), was appointed as Vice-President in charge with Eastern Europe by the European Property Federation (EPF), based in Bruxelles, the most important organization comprised of owners, investors and developers in real estate, with a portfolio of properties evaluated at over EUR 1,5 bln.

Liviu Tudor has a 23 years experience in business and over 15 years in real estate and commercial properties, and is one of the leading owners of office spaces in Romania. He has been a member of the Board of EPF starting 2011, when RABO was founded. In the last two years, the RABO team has worked closely with EPF to support the organization’s initiatives in Europe.

As Vice-President of EPF, Tudor will craft the regional development strategies and will supervise the organization’s initiatives in Eastern European countries, such as coordinating the current members in the region (Bulgaria and Hungary) and enrolling new members in the organization. The Romanian real estate industry ranks 7th in size in the EU and it will continue its growth trend.

Joseph Houlihan, Chairman of EPF and CEO of Cohen & Steers Europe, declared: “Under Liviu Tudor’s leadership, RABO has become one of the most active participants in EPF’s work with the European authorities over EU legislation impacting real estate. His plans for EPF expansion into new EU member states by promoting RABO-type structures in these countries have been recognized as the way forward.”

“I am pleased to represent Romania in the EPF Board, giving a strong voice in Bruxelles to local owners of commercial properties. This position also gives me the possibility to bring to Romania solutions and best practices from other markets, with the aim of harmonizing the properties sector with EU requirements related to applied measures and standards”, stated Liviu Tudor.

“Having consolidated its position as the real estate industry interface with the EU, EPF now wants to expand into education and research increasing European real estate market transparency. Liviu Tudor’s elevation to the Vice Chairmanship recognizes his leadership in these fields.”, added Michael MacBrien, General Director of EPF.

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About Liviu Tudor

Mr. Tudor heads Genesis Development, a real estate investment and development company, which holds two A-class office buildings in Bucharest, with a total renting surface of over 145,000 sqm.

The two office buildings, West Gate (Militari) and Novo Park (North area), built on the highest quality standards and featuring modern facilities, are housing the headquarters of many multinational companies such as HP, Kraft, Procter & Gamble, General Electric, CitiBank, UniCredit Bank, Alpha Bank, Garanti Bank, Siemens, Ericsson, Dacia-Renault, Accenture, Infineon, Société-Générale, Panasonic and many others.

Before starting projects in real estate, Mr. Tudor founded the first satellite communications company in Romania (Digicom S.A.).

Liviu Tudor holds a Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnics Institute in Bucharest and was granted a patent for applied Electronics. Mr. Tudor attended also specialty courses at London Business School.

He is member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and of the Romanian Association for the Club of Rome (ARCoR).

About RABO

RABO, member of European Property Federation, is the first organization to hold several of the most important investors in commercial buildings in Romania. RABO aims at promoting a uniform, stable and transparent economic frame, according to the current European standards and norms. The organization will work closely with leaders in the field and with initiators of European policies, in order to ensure a harmonized framework for investments in properties sector, new developments, real estate financing, energy efficiency and environment protection. You can access more information at www.rabo.org.ro.

About EPF

EPF (European Property Federation) represents the interests of all owners and investors in the European real estate market: owners of residential and commercial quarters, developers, commercial centres or institutional investors (banks, insurance companies, pension funds). EPF members own and manage real estate properties that are worth over EUR 1.5 trillion.

RABO and BIFM continue to organize this year in Romania new training modules for Facility Management

Bucharest, February 6, 2012 – RABO, through RABO Academy, continues to organize specialized trainings for professionals working in Facility Management, as part of the first international FM educational program offered in Romania, in partnership with the most prestigious European institute, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). Each one-day course will be held in Bucharest by British trainers with wide experience in FM. [Read more…]

First facility management course completed in Bucharest by British Institute of Facilities Management and RABO Academy

Over 19 professionals in the real estate industry, consultants, project managers, financial controllers and engineers, activating in facility management within local and multinational companies such as Unicredit Tiriac Bank, Office Depot, Unirea Shopping Centers, Uil Casa, Arta Grafica and Genesis Development, attended the first educational program on facility management organized in Romania.

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RABO Academy, in collaboration with the British Institute of Facilities Management, launch the first educational program in Romania dedicated to Facilities Management

Bucharest, October 5, 2011 – Starting November, RABO Academy launches the first educational program in Romania dedicated to Facilities Management (FM). The courses are crafted in collaboration with the most prestigious FM institute in Europe, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). The course provides access to leading edge thinking and skilled practitioner experience in line with RABO Academy’s commitment to providing high quality education for professionals involved in FM. RABO aims to certify the FM profession with the Ministry of Labor in Romania.

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