When we go 50 years back in time, we will find ourselves in 1969: the year that Apollo 11 carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into space where they walked on the moon and, as they called it themselves, set a giant leap forward for mankind. Next year it will be 50 years ago since Ernst Meili founded Euralarm. First, his initiative brought together specialists in the field of fire safety, with specialists in the field of security following 12 years later. As time went by and technology developed our association also welcomed specialists in the field of services and extinguishers. Founding our association was not a giant leap for mankind, but with his initiative Ernst Meili set foot on a path towards a safer and more secure Europe.
Next year we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary! An important moment for our industry and a milestone on the path that Ernst Meili started. We will celebrate our 50th anniversary on May 27, 2020 and hope to welcome many of our partners, professional contacts and members of the European Parliament during the conference and reception that will take place in Brussels. You will hear and see from us on a regular basis as a prelude to our anniversary.
Before welcoming them next year at our event, I’d like to congratulate all new and re-elected Members of the European Parliament and Commission as well as all other politicians with their new position. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you and to seek mutual opportunities and challenges to join forces with you to continue the path that our founder almost 50 years ago started. And although our industry has worked diligently to develop solutions to prevent and limit the consequences from threats such as fire, theft, property damage and others there still is work to be done. In collaboration with public authorities, policy makers, standards and certification bodies and industry associations, our industry will continue addressing society’s needs for safety and security in Europe and globally.
That path towards a safer and more secure society for Europe will lead to developing a strong Single Market and expanding global markets for quality products and services and to turning emerging technologies into sustainable solutions for Europe. By raising standards for industry professionals through training and qualification and by advancing knowledge and innovation we’d like to ensure that the European fire safety and security industry remains a global innovation leader.
Let’s make sure that we build an industry that contributes to sustainable growth in Europe and that the steps that we make together will bring us forward towards a safer and more secure Europe!Martin HarveyEuralarm President
The subject of standardisation has been at the centre of attention over the past couple of months. Not only during our own General Assembly, but also during that of CEN/CENELEC and during the subsequent high-profile conference, a large number of aspects of standardisation were discussed. And these are only a few examples of the many conferences, panel discussions and seminars on standardisation.
Despite this great interest, much remains to be done. For example, the way in which the standardisation process meets the requirements and demands of the European market leaves room for further improvement. Like many others, I am convinced that Europe's success is partly determined by the standards that are used for consumer and business products and services.
Therefore, a strong Europe requires a strong standardisation process. A process that enables standards to be developed in a fast and flexible way. Standards that are created in this way are the standards for the future; standards that contribute to progress of the European industry and enable it to occupy the position that Europe deserves: at the forefront of the world market. But there is, of course, more than the commercial interest of European industry. A successful standardisation process also contributes to the quality of products and services and the speed and efficiency with which they are developed. And since a high quality product requires more competence of staff, it will also be a driver for better education and higher qualified personnel.
Cooperation is a prerequisite for a strong, flexible and fast standardisation process. Cooperation between standardisation organisations, certification bodies, European institutions and all other stakeholders in this field. This cooperation allows us to focus on various standardisation themes: interoperability, services, knowledge and skills of staff, and so on and so forth. In recent years, we have been able to collaborate with numerous European representatives and MEPs. I would like to thank them for the progress we have made together. However, there is still work to be done. And as the newly elected MEPs prepare to take their seats, I invite them to work together with us towards a better, safer and more secure Europe!Martin HarveyEuralarm President
Many Euralarm members and other interested people gathered on May 13th in Madrid for the annual Euralarm Symposium. It was the moment that Euralarm presented its priorities and challenges for the upcoming years. General Director Paul van der Zanden introduced Euralarm’s new strategy document for 2019 to 2024 to the audience by putting it into perspective with the developments within Brussels.
There is so much going on in Brussels that is not communicated. Members of Euralarm are European citizens, whose profession in fire safety and security has made them leaders in their business based on knowledge. Their leadership is underlined by trusted and proven partners like Orgalim, CEN, CENELEC and key stakeholders from the EU, such as several Directorates General. The world in which Euralarm operates and especially the part that is involved in standardisation is complex. And apart from the complexity there are big changes going on in the field of technology and economy that shake up the world of standardisation. Think of cybersecurity or artificial intelligence and it will be clear that associations like Euralarm need to act in a swift and decisive way.
There are only a few weeks to go before the doors of the Euralarm GA and symposium will open in Madrid. I look forward to meeting the Euralarm members during the GA and symposium. The symposium is also open for non-members and I’d like to invite them to meet the European fire and security industry. Your presence will change this event into a communication platform for our industry.
It’s almost a year ago that I took over the presidency of Euralarm. A year that has been full of developments that influence our industry. Just one look at our website is enough to underline that statement. When I took over I wanted to engage our members by communicating with them about the trends in our business and about the relevance of a strong and clearly visible association. I think we’re on the right track but I’m also sure that we need to keep demonstrating to our members how important Euralarm is an industry that is moving rapidly forward.
As one President gives way to another we interviewed departing Enzo Peduzzi and incoming Martin Harvey about the past and future of Euralarm.
Talking to the European Parliament is key to us going forward but this is not without its difficulties, staff change on a too frequent basis and this makes if time consuming and difficult to forge alliances. So, to be successful it does take a lot of work to be active in advocacy. At the FIA, we have regular meetings with different UK government departments and it is unusual that more than two weeks go by without a meeting.
"From cybersecurity to standardisation, this collaboration helps us advocate the right policy framework for the future."
"WAGNER decided to permanently engage in Euralarm’s activities with special respect to matters of fire safety, contributing to reduce trade barriers and to enhance competitiveness and harmonisation of the European market."
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