EOCC’s highest organ is its General Assembly, with gathers once a year. Composed of representatives of members of the association, the General Assembly defines the general policy orientations, elects the members of the Board, create the working groups, define their missions and powers and approve their activity reports, and finally approves the budget and accounts of the association.
Fabrizio Piva (President)
EOCC President Fabrizio Piva was born on 1 December 1961 near Verona, after the humanities secondary school degree, Fabrizio achieved Agricultural Sciences degree on 1986 at the Alma Mater Studiorum Bologna University and entered in the Italian Agronomists professional register.
After a first short experience as teacher for agrarian classes, he worked for more than 6 years in an agrifood company, becoming the quality assurance manager of the company. Fabrizo then worked for almost 7 years as agronomic branch manager of a fruits and vegetables producers’ organization. During this period, he developed skills in the organic production application method both in the agronomic branch and in the agrifood-processing branch. He contributed for CCPB srl in Bologna and became a member of its Board of Directors.
In 1999, Fabrizio joined CCPB srl as R&D manager and became Vice-President. He worked on the development of new certification schemes both in the organic productions branch and in the sustainable agriculture branch. In 2002, he became a member of the UNI (Italian Legislation Body) Agrifood Commission and in 2008 the President and CEO of CCPB srl. In the same year, he enters in FederBio, the major Italian Organic organization. He continues to contribute for several sector magazines and is author of many economic and technical articles.
Evelyne Alcazar Marin (Vice-President)
Évelyne is EOCC Vice-President. She has worked in certification services for over 14 years. The focus of her education was on organic, with a specialization as Agriculture Diplomate. She completed her academic background with other curricula on quality managing systems.
Évelyne started to work for CAAE in 2001, and hold since then several positions with responsibilities on certification, quality systems, internal organization and international affairs. Currently, she represents CAAE at international level and takes part in several working groups related to social and water standards at European and international level.
Tobias Fischer (Secretary General)
Dr. Georg Eckert (Board member)
Georg studied agriculture and made a PhD in agricultural science (Investigations on the border between agriculture and nature protection) at Institute for Plant Production Department for grassland of University of Hohenheim where he then stayed for several years as scientist. A still has a lectureship at Hohenheim University.
In 1998 Georg started with organic certification at BioZert GmbH as head of the Baden-Württemberg office. With fusion of Alicon and BioZert to the new ABCERT, he became head of department of agriculture up to now. Georg takes actively part in working bodies within EOCC ( Regulation and Residues) and Ifoam EU.
Urszula Soltysiak (Board member)
Urszula Soltysiak has been head of AGRO BIO TEST, the first organic certifier in Poland, since it was established in 1996.
She started organic activities as a co-founder of emerging Polish organic movement that led to foundation of Organic Producer Association EKOLAND in 1989. Her task there was to adapt IFOAM Basic Standards of Organic Agriculture to national conditions and elaborate a bottom-up organic control program. She was lucky to start organics at the time of “Solidarity” spurt in Poland that just opened Eastern Europe block to the West, after collapse of Berlin wall. Soon after the political change she was elected to represent emerging CEE organic organizations at IFOAM (1990-96), then was serving as IFOAM World Board member (1994-98), member of IFOAM Task Force for Revision of Accreditation Criteria (2000-03) and IFOAM EU Board member (2001-09).
She has been editor-in-chief of 14 books on organics in Polish language and the author of 130 publications. Parallel to organic certification issues she worked over 30 years at Warsaw University of Agriculture, conducting research on organic products’ quality as well as lecturing students.
Aurélie Quintin (Representative)
Aurélie took over the position of EOCC Representative in December 2016. She has more than 15 years professional experience, both in public and the private sector. Prior to joining EOCC, Aurélie was working more than 8 years in a European federation both as project manager as well as policy advisor. Before that, she had also worked as a Commercial attaché for the French Trade and Economic Mission in Düsseldorf. She holds a master’s in European law. Aurélie is a French national. Next to her mother tongue, she speaks fluently English and German.