The ESU was founded in Amsterdam in 1954, three years before the signing of the “Treaty of Rome”, which form the basis of Montanunion, the EEC, the EC and the current EU.

Meanwhile, 19 national member associations and 4 European associations belong to the ESU. To protect professional interests as a European umbrella organization – not only in the Commission, the EU Parliament and the Council of the EU – ESU is also a member of EFECOT. (European Federation for the Education of Children of Boatmen, Showmen, Circus Families and Professional Travelers.

In particular, thanks to the active participation of all national and European member associations, the Presidium and the General Secretariat, GS Ulrich Rust should emphasize here that the ESU has achieved so many positive results in nearly 50 years of its work. This, of course, supported our credibility as a forward-looking and successful lobbying organization and consequently aroused the interest of new members. The European Showmen’s Union ESU / UFE belongs to the avant-garde of the “European idea” and is heard in all European institutions.


Practical information for showman companies in EuropeEU portals provide cross-border support

Many fellow carnies have been supplying the folk festivals and Christmas markets throughout Europe for many years. For them, the EU portal “Your Europe” offers practical information on rights and opportunities in the EU internal market. The European Union of Showmen welcomes the service of the EU Commission.

“Your Europe” is a multilingual public online information portal operated by the EU Commission in cooperation with the Member States. The portal offers user-friendly information and advice for people and companies that are active across borders within the EU or wish to establish themselves in another EU member state. It informs these two target groups about EU-wide regulations as well as about rules and procedures in the Member States. The national information relevant for “Your Europe” is transmitted from the EU member states to the European Commission.