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New EMCC branch formed in Germany

The European Coaching and Mentoring Council (EMCC) has formed a new branch in Germany. EMCC Deutschland will launch today with an event in Cologne. The new group is headed by Dr Stefan Mette, supported by co-chairs Ian Peacock and Dr Sabine Dembkowski.

"Having begun work on the German country organisation only last year, we are delighted to have accomplished so much," said Dr Mette. "We have brought together an excellent group of quality people with a shared passion for coaching and international best practice and look forward to working with our EMCC colleagues throughout Europe."

EMCC Board member Julie Hay, who is coordinating EMCC activity outside the UK, added: "I am absolutely delighted to have EMCC Deutschland coming on board. As a founding director of EMCC, the vision was to have a truly pan-European body and this is now becoming a tangible reality, with Germany taking its place alongside Spain and Switzerland as legally-constituted EMCC bodies in the respective countries, and with several similar initiatives under way in other countries."

EMCC Executive Board members David Megginson and David Clutterbuck will run workshops on techniques in coaching and creating a coaching culture at the launch event.

"Coaching is well established in Germany, with several reputable associations already concerned with quality and standards, but we believe there are some important opportunities for development," said Dr Mette.

"We would like to follow the work begun by the EMCC in bringing together the different groups or associations, with the aim of developing common professional standards for the emerging coaching profession in Germany and Europe so that purchasers of international coaching services have through the EMCC a European benchmark standard.

"A second real thread is the development of 'international best practice'. Many companies and not only large ones, now operate internationally and therefore different requirements are recognised. There is a need for a forum to exchange ideas, to permit the flow of knowledge and experience both into German practice and out, as it is clear there we have a real fund of experience."

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