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 2020, the core budget of ANEC totals 1,50M€. The participation of our voluntary experts is considered by the European Commission and EFTA Secretariat as a contribution in kind. In 2014, the ANEC Secretariat calculated the value of this contribution to be 390.000€. ANEC also derives further income from projects relevant to its scope.

ANEC Strategy 

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.

During 2020 and the first half of 2021, ANEC will draft its Strategy 2030. It is proposed the Strategy 2030 be adopted at the ANEC General Assembly meeting in June 2021. As with the Strategy 2014-2020, a public comment phase will be included in the development of the new Strategy. Again supported by annual Action Plans, the Strategy 2030 will be subject to a mid-term review by the General Assembly in 2025.