ICSC Europe stopt, ECSP start

ICSC heeft eind vorig jaar besloten te stoppen met haar activiteiten, gericht op de Europese markt. De 13 aangesloten Europese landen onderzoeken nu gezamenlijk de mogelijkheid om een eigen Europese council op te richten: de European Council of Shopping Places. Lees hieronder het bericht van Peter Wilhelm (voorzitter ECSP) over de laatste stand van zaken.


Dear colleagues,

You must know by now that ICSC has recently carried out a strategic reorientation of its global presence. As a result, it has decided to close its European operations and will no longer have any staff members in Europe at the end of 2019.

At the same time, the European members of ICSC have increasingly felt the need to establish an independent European organisation in recent years. An organisation that could better meet the specific needs and requirements of its members and that would be better positioned to face the challenges to our sector in Europe.

A group of senior representatives of some of the largest pan-European companies in our industry, including CBRE GI, Cushman & Wakefield, ECE, JLL, SES Spar, Sonae Sierra, Unibail Rodamco Westfield, Union Investment and others, in close cooperation with the senior management of the respective European national councils of shopping centres, came together several times this year to prepare for the set-up of a new, independent European association.

We are very pleased to announce that as of 1 January 2020, this new organisation will see the light of day. The new organisation will initially go by the name of the European Council of Shopping Places (ECSP). This is a temporary working name only and we aim to adopt a new name together with you in the course of next year.

ECSP will be based in Brussels. It will have a small team of three staff (a CEO, a Head of Advocacy, also in charge of the Working Groups end Forums and a secretary) and will be supported by an external management company, common practice among trade associations. ECSP will have a temporary board composed of the senior representatives mentioned above and chaired by Peter Wilhelm.

The new, strategic focus of ECSP will be to :

  • Advocate – the vital importance of retail & commercial places in Europe
  • Attract – the entire value chain of who invest in, create, manage and support these places
  • Support – this community with outreach, insights and connections they need to succeed
  • Embrace – the disruption, innovation and technologies rewriting the future

We want to build on the legacy of ICSC Europe and continue and improve on the activities valued by so many of you, such as working groups, forums, research and awards. We will get in touch with you in the course of January with more detailed information about the strategy, the functioning and structure of the new organisation. We will also inform you then about our launch event and about the new membership options.

In addition, we are well aware that many among you have been members of ICSC Europe for a long time and have established both close commercial as well as personal ties with our American friends. Therefore, ECSP has every intention to establish a good relationship with the ICSC going forward.

In addition, I have received questions about a recent ICSC membership renewal e-mail that was sent to some ICSC Europe members. In order to avoid any confusion, I  would like to emphasise that ICSC and ECSP are two separate organisations with separate and independent membership structures, benefits and obligations.

Last but not least, it goes without saying that our organisation, any organisation, will entirely depend on the support and the enthusiasm of its membership in order to be relevant and successful. The strong support and commitment that ECSP has received from a majority of the major players in the industry during the last six months allow us to be very optimistic about our future. We would therefore like to encourage all of you to become members of the new organisation to help us to create a new and strong voice for the European industry !

We would be grateful if you could share this e-mail with all the members in your organisation that could have interest in this exciting development. It is indeed most important to let the industry know, that ECSP’s main objective is to perpetuate and rejuvenate  all those major events, forums, research,  advocacy work, and networking opportunities we have enjoyed for more than 30 years.

As you can imagine, we are currently working hard to set-up the organisation and we will be in touch with you very soon about the state of play, next steps and of course the new membership options.

I would like to thank you in advance for your help and support.


Kind regards,

Joost Koomen

Head of European Advocacy

European Council of Shopping Places

Rue de la Bonté 5, 1000, Brussels, Belgium

T: +32 486 578 294 | E: joost.koomen@ecsp.eu


Peter Wilhelm

Chair of ICSC Europe.

From January 1st, Chair of ECSP



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