Milan, 27 December 2005
ECBF is old; it is approaching to its XXX anniversary, that will be in 2006.
We all have to try to revitalize in 2006 our European organization of users, overcoming the difficulties and divisions of the past, looking forward to rebuilt together an independent and autonomous European organization of users, able to update and extend its mission and its programme.
I recall that European Commission since 2002 decided a new set of rules on communication ( see note 1), in which an organization, as ECBF, promoting since 29 years the use of the personal use of the radio, as way of expression, can find the way to update and extend its mission.
Activity in Civil Protection can be also a relevant part of our programme. The first European Civil Protection Simulation, EUROSOT2005, held in Sicily last October had the participation of 183 SER volunteers of our Italian organization.( see http://www.fircb.it/news/index13.htm )
European Commission promoted at European level a census of all civil protection volunteers with a Questionnaire (see http://www.fircb.it/THW_Questionnaire_EU_2005_eng.doc ), to which, also if the dead line is over, it is convenient to reply, at least according personal info. “ The questionnaire will enable European Commission to understand the current working conditions of volunteers in civil protection in the EU Member states and the EEA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
As I told at the beginning, we all have to try to revitalize in 2006 our European organization of users, overcoming the difficulties and divisions of the past, looking forward to rebuilt together an independent and autonomous European organization of users.
On this basis, I think we have to prepare and to organize in 2006 an European Congress, fully representative of European CB users organizations, to restart an European action on updated basis.
Let us work together.
Happy New Year!
Note - On March 7 , 2002 the European Union Council and Parliament approved a Decision (n. 676/2002) and four Directives (2002/19/CE , 2002/20/CE , 2002/21/CE, 2002/22/CE) on radio communication, all published on European Official Journal L 108 on April 24, 2002. This is the more important set of rules ever decided by EU on radio communication.
One of the more relevant part for us is the point 5 the Directive 2002/20/CE:
(5) This Directive only applies to the granting of rights to use radio frequencies where such use involves the provision of an electronic communications network or service, normally for remuneration. The self-use of radio terminal equipment, based on the non-exclusive use of specific radio frequencies by a user and not related to an economic activity, such as use of a citizen's band by radio amateurs, does not consist of the provision of an electronic communications network or service and is therefore not covered by this Directive. Such use is covered by the Directive 1999/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 1999 on radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment and the mutual recognition of their conformity ( OJ L 91, 7.4.1999, p. 10).