1. Editorial

The day prior to the EMC, on Wednesday March 3rd the EFFAS Executive Committee Members were invited to a remarkable Pension Funds conference organized by SPP, followed by a reception organised in the Renaissance Hotel Istanbul with the participation of all key players in the Turkish Financial Markets. Furthermore, during the reception, the EFFAS Board had the opportunity to learn more about this strong emerging market -positioned worldwide as the 18th largest nominal GDP and 17th largest per capita basis- founding member of the OECD (1961), member of the G-20 major economies since 1999 and part of the EU Customs Union since December 31, 1995.

Right before the EMC Meeting, EFFAS Board was honoured by participating as special guest in the Istanbul Stock Exchange Market opening Bell ceremony on Thursday May 4th, together with our colleagues of SPP. EFFAS and its EMC wishes to thank SPP and more specifically its Chairman, Mr. Murat Çetinkaya, for their kind invitation and the excellent work done to promote EFFAS and its values in their territory.

As EFFAS Chairman, I would also like to congratulate SPP for the first students enrolled in the official EFFAS CEFA designation this year and all the further projects that will be starting as a natural consequence of our common endeavours. Our European Federation endorses the thrust of SPP, and foresees with confidence that the CEFA E-learning Platform will be a major key in gaining new certificate holders in the coming years.

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