Purpose, Structure & History

The European Association of National Productivity Centres (EANPC) was established in 1966 as a successor body to the European Productivity Agency. Its purpose is "to facilitate and increase exchanges of information and experiences, and arrange co-operation among participating bodies". Its seat is in Leuven/Louvain, near Brussels.

Membership in the Association is open to all 'national productivity centres' or institutions deemed their equivalent within the member states of the 'United Nations Economic Commission for Europe'.

The Memorandum sets out the goals of the EANPC and the prime areas of concern.

Structure

The photo shows the EANPC Managing Board (from left to right): Anil Yilmaz (Turkey - Vice President), Peter Rehnstrom (Finland - Past President), John Heap (UK - EANPC President), Klaas ten Have (Netherlands), Veronique De Broeck (EANPC Secretariat), Marc De Greef (Belgium - Secretary General), Wolfgang Schröter (Germany - Past President) at the Management Board Meeting in Brussels, July 2013.

The EANPC is a registered association. Its decision organ is the General Assembly (GA), which consists of the EANPC member organisations. The General Assembly meets once a year to discuss and decide on the activities of the association.

Every two years the GA elects (or approves) the members of the Managing Board (MB), which carries on the operative business of the association. Members of the Management Board are the President, the Vice President, the President Elect (who will be the next President), the Past President, and the Secretary General; further members can be co-opted. 

At present the MB members are:

  • John Heap (UK - President)
  • Anil Yilmaz (Turkey - Vice President)
  • Peter Rehnström (Finland - Honorary President)
  • Wolfgang Schröter (Germany - Past President)
  • Dr. Mandy Pastohr (Germany - Secretary General)
  • Klaas ten Have (The Netherlands)
  • Monika Elsik (Austria)

The EANPC Secretariat is hosted by RKW Kompetenzzentrum and is located in Eschborn, near Frankfurt. 

History

In 2016, the European Association of National Productivity Centres celebrated its 50th anniversary! Over the years, 17 presidents have been elected to chair the Association.