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EFTTA CEO confirms EFTTEX cancellation and blames Czech Government for delay

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EFTTA CEO Olivier Portrat has urged the industry to be more understanding during ‘unprecedented times’.

With EFTTEX 2020 finally being cancelled, EFTTA CEO Olivier Portrat has blamed the behaviour of the Czech Republic Government for the confusion surrounding the event. 

Portrat told Angling International that the Czech authorities ‘did not play fair’ when it announced an extension to the closure of its borders until July without cancelling EFTTEX. He also claimed that it could have been called it off as early as March when it became obvious that the show could not be staged in its normal format.

“EFTTA was waiting in vain to get an early decision from the Czech Republic. We needed them to cancel it because if we had done so there would have been an obligation on us to refund our exhibitors.

“As EFTTA lives off the income of EFTTEX that would have signalled the end of the association. We had to wait for the decision to be made for us. That is why we could not give any precise information about the event until we had heard from the government.

“I hope that exhibitors will forgive us for not updating them more often. We were not ignoring them, but nothing was coming from the Czech Republic.”

Portrat added that EFTTEX 2021 will now take place at the PVA Expo in Prague – venue for this year’s doomed event.

He also said that EFTTA would not be offering refunds to exhibitors. He said: “The fairest solution we can fund is to honour the contracts for next year. We believe that is the fairest way forward.”

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