EDA Annual Convention 2015


The European Demolition Association, EDA, organizes every year a meeting of the demolition industry from all over Europe. This meeting, called the EDA Annual Convention, has an important technical part, with presentations about new developments, case stories, and round table discussions.

At the same time, the EDA Annual Convention is an excellent opportunity to network and meet colleagues, contractors, manufacturers, associations and other agents related to the demolition industry.

Best moments


The EDA Annual Convention 2015 was possible thanks to:


Download the program of the event

Thursday, June 11th

Professional program

09:00 Meeting of the Finnish Demolition Industry

14:00 Workshop “Selective demolition: current practices and innovation. Presente and moderated by members of the European project HISER.

16:00 Visit demolition waste management facility

17:30 – 19:00 – EDA General Assembly

All participants

19:00 – Welcome cocktail

Welcome by Pilar de la Cruz, EDA President, and Janne Salonen, FDA President


Friday, June 12th

Professional program

Multilingual conference with simultaneous interpretation on the following languages: English/Italian/French/Spanish

09:00 Opening by Riikka Kinnunen, moderator of the conference, FDA-YTP (Finland)

  • Welcome by Pilar de la Cruz, EDA President (Spain)
  • Institutional Opening by Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP (Finland)

09:30 Conference session 1

  • Guidelines for demolition of tower blocks, Barry Ward (UK)
  • Pre-weakening of steel structures to enable demolition, Holly Price
  • Case story: Demolition of tower blocks, Johannes Harzheim (Germany)

Coffee break & networking


11:30 Conference session 2

  • Framework for demolition in The Netherlands, Edwin Zoontjes (The Netherlands)
  • Circular economy. The approach of the European Commission, Vincent Basuyau (Belgium)
  • Case story: Demolition of Koverhar steel mill, Jussi Niemelä (Finland)

Lunch & networking

14:15 Conference session 3

  • Tracking demolition waste. The French model, Mathieu Hiblot (France)
  • Trends of the European Demolition Industry, Andreas Pocha (Germany)
  • Croatian practices in demolition and use of recycled C&D Waste, Vedrana Lovincic (Croatia)

Coffee break & networking

16:30 Conference session 4

  • Training of workers for hazardous waste decontamination, Lars Sandström (Sweden)
  • Working with explosives, Johan Finsteen (Denmark)
  • European Professional Card for Demolition workers, Jose Blanco (EDA)


18:00 End of the Conference

Friday, June 12th

Leisure program

09:00 – Departure from the hotel to Suomenlinna (UNESCO World Heritage)

  • Guided visit to Suomenlinna
  • Lunch at typical Restaurant
  • Optional shopping tour

17:30 – Arrival at the hotel

All participants

19:00 – Departure for the Gala Dinner (by bus)

The Gala Dinner will be held in the emblematic “Katajanokan Kasino” and it includes:

  • Welcome drink
  • Unique dinner
  • Words from the EDA President and a delegate of Ritchie Bros, sponsor of the Gala Dinner
  • Live entertainment and music

23:00 – the First bus departs to the hotel


Saturday, June 13th

Leisure program

10:00 – Departure from the hotel

  • Guided tour on a panoramic bus
  • Lunch in a typical restaurant
  • Boat tour

16:00 – End of the activity