CEIR 2021 Annual Congress
For the second time in its history, CEIR had to hold its Congress in virtual format, on 25 May. The annual gathering included:
- A "Get-To-Know-Each-Others" meeting between CEIR, Europump and Pneurop, starting with a Panel Discussion between the three associations' Presidents. In addition to providing a brief overview of their individual organisations and given priorities, the session allowed for common issues to be identified and discussed, included the societal and economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic recovery, the circular economy and other environmental policy considerations, as well as the impact of digitalisation across the manufacturing sector, in relation to both production processes and end products. From the discussion, it became obvious that the three organisations have shared many similar interests over the years, and increasingly so around international standards and energy use reduction measures. It was agreed that they could better harvest that expertise by forging closer links and a more collaborative approach to certain activities. Following the Panel Discussion, the Orgalim Partnership Team provided delegates with an update on the latest EU regulatory landscape, which will affect members of all three associations over the coming months and years. The event, which was attended by just under 100 delegates, concluded with an informal get-together for participants to virtually mingle.
- The association's General Assembly, including the Plenary Meeting, that extended by one year the mandate of the Board members, the President Carlos Velazquez and the First Vice President Nurdan Yücel, and elected as Second Vice President Pascal Vinzio, VP Technology and External Affairs at KSB as well representative in the Board of our French member association Evolis. The Plenary meeting was also the place and time to approve the accounts for 2020 and a budget for 2022, for the Committee Chairs to present the activities of the association’s Technical and Marketing Bodies, and for the President to review last year's accomplishments and to propose perspectives for the upcoming period.