CEDDEC, the European confederation of shoe retailers’ associations led by Massimo Donda, will organize the first official meeting of its newly established European Buying Group Committee (EBGC) on Lake Garda during the Expo Riva Schuh show next Jan. 17. The items on the agenda include cooperation opportunities among different groups across national borders, exclusive distribution deals with certain brands and lobbying in Brussels. CEDDEC, which groups 13 national associations, is also organizing a mission of 20 European retailers – one or two per country – to the big Couromoda shoe show in Sao Paulo next Jan. 8-15. Donda and Tom van Geemen of Ariston-Nord-West-Ring will address a national convention, discussing the opportunities and challenges of exporting Brazilian shoes to Europe.