When we will read our history books in the future they will definitely mention 2020 as the year of COVID-19. For Euralarm 2020 was also an important year. We extended out professional team giving us the opportunity to be more present and proactively participate in projects and meetings from the Commission, CEN, CCMC and Orgalim. This positive step forward has also been noticed by key stakeholders from the different organisations. We plan to continue to expand our presence in those areas which are important for our members and ensure our voice is heard.
Whereas 2020 threatens to be the year of stagnation due to the COVID-19 crisis, 2019 was a year of major changes. At European level, a new European Parliament was elected and a new European Commission was appointed by the end of 2019. Within Euralarm, the ‘borders’ were opened to associate members and the strategic objectives of Euralarm were translated into a concrete marketing plan. Also in 2019, a catastrophic fire, this year of Notre Dame, proved that fire safety cannot be taken for granted.
It was a year of change for Euralarm, with the new President, Board, General Director and sections leaders in place. And with the integration of the extinguishing section in our overall structure, we are moving forwards in 2019. Based on this strong foundation Euralarm is ready for the future.
Our organisation has a strong European footprint in the security, fire and extinguishing industry, through our members we have the best experts in the industry. It is up to us to guide Europe to the next level.
This year was divided between organisational and administrative issues, and innovation and growth. On the business side, we can report an ongoing growth in membership, and of course the opening of the new Extinguishing Section.Our Advocacy, Marketing and Horizontal Compliance Committees have boosted our presence in ‘Brussels’ and in the international press, monitored developments in standardisation and informed our Members through highly appreciated newsletters. The growth in membership continued with Teletek as a new Industry Member in the Fire Section and BHE extending it membership from the Services also to the Fire and Security Sections.
After building-up its new organisation, in 2016-2017, Euralarm could draw the first benefits and strengthened its voice in Brussels. It has been invited to join the Joint Initiative on Standardisation where the issues discussed are similar to those addressed in our 2014 ‘Market Driven Standardisation’ paper.
The year 2014 has proven to be another eventful year. Euralarm consolidated her position as an industry expert to the EU Commission. Steps were taken to reinforce our influence into the standardisation process by consolidating our partnership with Orgalime, as an Associate Member, participating more actively in their standardisation work.
"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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