Message from the IEC General Secretary & CEO

A year of many changes for the IEC

By Ronnie Amit

2011 was a busy and an exciting year for the IEC. We completed the Masterplan, which will guide the IEC’s strategy and actions for the coming years.

The IEC Masterplan

The SMB is continuing to review the standards development process in order to further improve efficiency and is taking measures to increase effective participation of P-members in TC/SCs.

CAB is preparing for the systems approach in conformity assessment and has intensified work in the areas of renewables such as wind and marine energy as well as for energy efficiency.

The MSB is about to publish a White Paper on Energy Storage, which it developed jointly with the Fraunhofer Institute,  and the Affiliate Country Programme has celebrated its 10th anniversary.

It was also a year of many changes: new IEC Officers started their work and others are now reaching the end of their second term, leaving their place for a new group of people. Council Board has confirmed the election of Frans Vreeswijk, who will start at the IEC on1 March 2012 and will take over from me in October.

There are unfortunately areas that haven’t changed as much as we would have liked. For one, the global economy is still shaky and in an effort to support our membership, the IEC has further reduced its budget while maintaining and increasing its tools and services.

Looking ahead at the coming year, we are confident that the IEC is on the right track to address the challenges facing us.

We thank you for your work and commitment and I wish your family and loved-ones, health, peace and prosperity in the coming New Year.


Ronnie Amit


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