ANEC is an international non-profit association established under Belgian law with a central secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. We are recognised by the European Commission and EFTA Secretariat and are a full member of the European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG). We are also a member of several EC consultative committees and numerous expert groups. ANEC has signed the European Transparency Register (No. 507800799-30) and abides by its Code of Conduct.
The representation of consumers in European standardisation is a public interest activity, and the representative European association is appointed only after regular public calls for tender. It is an activity dependent upon European public funding. Hence ANEC is financed by the European Union (95%) and EFTA (5%) as an “Annex III Organisation” under Regulation (EU) 1025/2012.
In 2015, the ANEC budget totals 1,32M€. The participation of our voluntary experts is considered by the European Commission and EFTA Secretariat as a contribution in kind. In 2007, the ANEC Secretariat calculated the value of this contribution to be 260.000€, and estimated its value to be at least 350.000€ in 2013.
The ANEC Strategy 2014-2020 was adopted by the ANEC General Assembly at its annual meeting on 14 June 2013. It was adopted after a consultation of partners through a public comment phase. The full text of the Strategy can be accessed here, and a short booklet featuring its main elements is also available.
The Strategy comprises a Vision Statement, a Mission Statement, and Strategic Objectives intended to achieve the Vision. The actions to attain these objectives are proposed in annual action plans.
The ANEC Action Plan 2014 was elaborated by the ANEC Steering Committee (the executive board of the association) and approved by the ANEC General Assembly. The final Progress Report on the ANEC Action Plan 2014 was issued in January 2015 for endorsement by the ANEC General Assembly. The majority of the actions were successfully completed, although several were postponed to 2015 due to external factors. The final Progress Report on the ANEC Action Plan 2015 was issued in February 2015 for endorsement of the ANEC General Assembly.
In 2016, ANEC will continue with the implementation of the ongoing actions. New actions are prioritised, while actions in support of other priorities may be taken, especially where these represent a continuation of “business as usual”.
The ANEC Annual Action Plan 2016 was adopted in March 2016.