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About SVSS

The Association of Construction Equipment Manufacturers (SVSS) is civic association with its seat in Dobris.

SVSS cooperates with europpean association CECE (Committee for European Construction Equipment, http://www.cece-eu.org) with its headquarters in Brussels and is regular member behalf the Czech Republic.

History of SVSS

The Association of Construction Equipment Manufacturers (SVSS) is registered with the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic pursuant to Act no. 83/1990 Coll. on association of citizens (September 2009).

The SVSS was established at the founding congress in Dobříš on 18 September 2009. The founding members are Doosan Bobcat Engineering s.r.o. (Dobříš) and AMMANN Czech Republic a. s. (Nové Město nad Metují). The first congress appointed the basic bodies: the chairman and the review committee were elected and the Association’s Statutes were approved. The SVSS decided to file an application to the European CECE Association before its summit in October.

Later, at the CECE summit held in Brussels on 15 October 2009, the SVSS was adopted as a full member. It joined the CECE Technical Committee, an umbrella for the technical legislation area in two ways: it collects and provides information on changes in the pipeline for the national associations on the one hand, and coordinates and issues their positions on these changes on the other. The Technical Committee sets up specialised project teams in order to organise work on specialised issues.

The CECE summit also elected a representative of AMMAN Czech Republic a.s., an SVSS member, as a member of the CECE Steering Group.

In October 2009, the SVSS also joined the Technical Standardisation Committee TNK59 – Machinery and equipment for earth works, construction, building material production and surface mining, which is an advisory body to the ÚNMZ (Czech Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing) for comprehensive handling of issues of technical standardisation in the respective sphere of activity. As a full member of the TNK59, we were eligible for application for membership in the European standardisation organisation CEN (Conformité Européenne), in its specialised working group TC151/WG1 Earth-moving machinery – Safety, as “individual technical experts”. The CEN confirmed the participation of two SVSS (TNK59) members in December 2009.

The next SVSS congress was held in Dobříš on 18 February 2010. This congress specified which project teams the SVSS would join to pursue their activities. It was decided to staff the following project teams of the CECE Technical Committee:

  • Outdoor Noise Directive (future revision of Directive 200/14/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on noise emissions in the environment by equipment for use outdoors);
  • Machinery Directive (interpretation and possible amendments to Directive 2006/43/EC on technical requirements on machinery);
  • Engine Emissions (amendments to Directive 97/68/EC on measures against the emission of gaseous and particulate pollutants from internal combustion engines to be installed in non-road mobile machinery);
  • New Russian Regulations (monitoring the standardisation changes and trends in technical legislation in the Russian Federation, and any other non-European countries);
  • Roading (issues of roadworthiness certification of earth-moving machinery: there is no uniform European Directive at present, meaning two directions are followed; selected national roadworthiness regulations are monitored, and possible amendments to existing directives on related machine categories are analysed);
  • Carbon (monitoring of initiatives concerning analysis of CO2 consumption by earth-moving machines, metrics for reducing the carbon footprint, and consequent future legislation covering CO2).

 

A CECE project team named “Coneqt2” was added in 2010; it deals with strategic issues in the following areas: (a) direct CECE activities; (b) achieve cooperation between CECE and European Commission; (c) in following up the two above issues, to actively take over initiatives concerning EU Directives and a new legislative approach. The SVSS is joining this project team too.

 

Another SVSS congress took place in Nové Město nad Metují in January 2011. In addition to the regular agenda, it made a brief evaluation of its eighteen months of existence, and concluded that at the external relations level, the SVSS has in spite of its brief existence and limitations (the SVSS does not have a full-time support team and its funding capacity and the time capacities of its members are limited, which has to be expected), become a respected member of the European CECE Association with respect to both the Technical Committee project teams and its involvement in the Steering Group; at the internal level, the existence of the SVSS has enabled the swift exchange of useful technical and legislative information and various best practice examples among its members, manufacturers of construction equipment in the Czech Republic, whereby the objective for which the Association was established is met.

 

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