United Parcel Service’s supply chain services operation would not have been successful in Europe without the European Union (EU), said Dan DiMaggio, chief executive of the UPS Logistics Group.

          He said that the EU’s existence helped UPS overcome any disadvantage that may have been caused by the company’s late arrival on the continent.

          Mr. DiMaggio spoke at the Europe Day Business Luncheon on May 10 at the Marriott Marquis downtown. Other speakers were Gov. Roy E. Barnes, U.S. Belgian Ambassador Alexander Reyn and Atlanta’s French consul general, Jean-Paul Monchau.

          Mr. DiMaggio said that deregulation and decreased bureaucracy during the past decade in Europe has increased the ability of UPS to market its supply chain systems goods and services to customers like Alcatel, Cisco Systems Inc. and IBM Corp.

          He added that he was “quite bullish” about his group’s opportunities in Europe during the next several years.

          Gov. Barnes praised the EU’s members for their substantial investments in Georgia, saying that it made “business sense for all of us.”

          The luncheon was attended by 33 organizations, including Georgia-based consulates, chambers of commerce, the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the EU Center of the University System of Georgia.

          For more information, contact Brian Murphy of the EU Center (706) 864-1874 or e-mail him at bmurphy@ngcsu.edu