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       Events 08/06/2011
CEOC General Assembly 2011 in Warsaw - DEBRIEFING

Towards another 50 Years of Public Safety – CEOC and its members take the challenge!


CEOC International and its Polish member UDT (Urzad Dozoru Technicznego) organise 4-day high-level conference and networking event on the safety of energy-producing installations and the sector’s challenges for the next decades.


Turning 50 does not happen every day. And, even if safety is on CEOC members’ mind every single work day, the sector’s achievements and tackling of challenges are most of the time taken for granted and are imminent to modern society as a silent but indispensable principle.


Having reached a certain ‘age of maturity’, CEOC International, together with its Polish member UDT who celebrates 100 years of technical inspection in Poland this very year as well, decided this would be a good moment in time to take stock of its eventful history. The setting could not have been more meaningful: CEOC members had gathered for the 4-day meetings in the historical city of Warsaw, in the geographical heart of Europe and perfect incarnation of the uniting spirit of the European Union just at the moment when US President Barrack Obama paid his first official visit to the Polish capital. Discussions, both at political and at technical levels those days, followed the claim of making the world the safest possible place for its inhabitants.


The catastrophe in Fukushima still being fresh on our minds, CEOC organisers had dedicated one part of the Monday morning international conference to energy and the safety of related installations. The panel consisted of high-level guest speakers from the political side such as Hanna Trojanowska (Deputy Minister of the Polish Ministry of Economy and responsible for nuclear energy), Lena Kolarska-Bobinska (Member of the European Parliament and reporter on energy efficiency dossier) and Piotr Szymanski (Director of Nuclear Safeguards, European Commission Directorate-General for Energy). Renewable energy sources and their share in the whole energy mix where well presented by two strong advocates of the sector, Rainer Hinrich-Rahlwes (President of the European Renewable Energy Federation) and Piotr Wisniewski (Vice-President of the Polish Economic Chamber of Renewable Energy). From the third party sector Marek Walczak (President UDT, Poland), Hugo Eberhardt (TÜV AUSTRIA, CEOC President) and Nikolaj Georgijewicz Kutin (President of Rostechnadzor, Russian Federation) highlighted the importance of technical safety in the energy sector.


The CEOC conference was followed by break-up sessions of the technical committees in the afternoon, discussing the safety of the traditional CEOC members’ fields of activities such as machines, lifts, cranes, pressure equipment, technical installations and products via different methods such as conformity assessment, non-destructive testing and others. The range of CEOC committees has grown since its foundation in 1961, undoubtedly a sign of the diversification of modern society and related challenges.


New emerging technologies such as nanotechnologies, artificial intelligence, nuclear fusion, wireless networks and others involve new hazards and yet opportunities for conformity assessment bodies, to use the word of CEOC Communication Chair and speaker at the Warsaw conference Marc Van Overmeire (Vinçotte, Belgium). Increasing consumer demand, globalisation in sourcing and distribution and the existence of significant diversity of products are providing substantial impetus to product testing and certification. A society where the time-to-market is becoming shorter and shorter, where the accepted risk should become lower and lower is a real challenge for CEOC and its partners. Led by the outgoing CEOC President Hugo Eberhardt (TÜV AUSTRIA), the newly elected President Simo Hassi (Inspecta Group, Finland) and Vice-President Van Phuc Lê (APAVE, France) and the consolidated voices of the TIC sector CEOC International always took and keeps taking this challenge for another 50 years and beyond!


The presentations, as well as a set of photos from the events, including the Sunday Gala Dinner in the splendid setting of the Warsaw Royal Castle, will be made available from the CEOC web site. For more information on the presentations and the conference in Warsaw, as well as on other CEOC activities, please contact Astrid Silvia Grunert, CEOC EU Affairs Manager:


View the photo gallery here:

Download the presentations below:


 History Brochure

 Andrzej Radeki, PIGEO, "Development of Renewable Energy in Poland"

 Piotr Szymanski, European Commission DG Energy, "About Euratom"

 Nikolay Kutin Rostechnadzor, "State Supervision and Control of the Safety of Power Engineering Facilities in the Russian Federation"

 Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, EREF President. "Renewable Energy in Europe"

 Marc Van Overmeire, Vinçotte. "CEOC International - 50 Years of Public Safety"

 Marek Walczak, UDT. "Technical Safety in the Energy Sector"

The 2012 General Assembly will be held in Madrid, Spain from 12-15 May on invitation of AEGIC. (


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