38th FEEM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
38th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
WARSAW MARRIOTTHOTEL, WEDNESDAY, 21 May 2014
1. Chairman's opening remarks D. Antille
2. Approval of the Agenda H. Meyer
3. Compliance with Competition Regulations H. Meyer
4. Minutes of the 37th AGM in Brussels H. Meyer
5. Report of the Executive Committee D. Antille
6. Report of the Secretary General H. Meyer
7. Coffee Break 30 minutes approx. 10h30 – 11h00
8. IME Letter from the new President Debra S. Satkowiak
9. Reports of the FEEM Working Groups
n Blasting Practise Working Group H. Meyer
n Transport Working Group H. Meyer
n H&S Working Group H. Meyer
10. 2013/14 Financial Report H. Meyer
11. 2013 Statistics H. Meyer
12. Election to the Executive Committee H. Meyer
13. Change in FEEM Presidency H. Meyer
14. Any other business H. Meyer
15. Date and place of the next meeting H. Meyer
16. Closure of the meeting B. Pougny
FEDERATION OF EUROPEAN EXPLOSIVES MANUFACTURERS
38th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
22 May 2014
Mr. D. Antille, President SSE Group, Switzerland
Mr. B. Pougny, Vice-President EPC Groupe, France
Mr. G. Facchinetti, Past President Pravisani, Italy
Mr. Jeff Court Orica EMET, Norway
Mr. O. Greben Austin Detonators, Czech
Mr. V. Huelamo Maxam Group, Spain
Mr. U. Sjöblom Forcit, Finland
Hans H. Meyer FEEM, Belgium
INDIVIDUAL COMPANY MEMBERS
1. Mr. D. Degove Davey Bickford FRANCE
2. Mr. J. Dulian Nitroerg SA POLAND
3. Mrs. J. Glogowska
4. Mr. Slawomir Kwiatkowski
5. Mr. C. Modoux Poudrerie d’Aubonne SWITZERLAND
6. Mr. G. Facchinetti Pravisani SPA ITALY
7. Mr. A. Bailer Sprewa GERMANY
8. Mrs. L. Holubova Explosia CZECH REPUBLIC
9. Mr. A. Pabst DynaEnergetics GERMANY
10. Mr. F. Persson Eurenco SWEDEN
11. Mrs. A. Vincent
12. Mr. H. Svensson
13. Mr. Hervé de Saint-Pierre Titanobel France
14. Mr. J.-P. Reynaud
MULTINATIONAL COMPANY MEMBERS
GROUP OY FORCIT
15. Mr. U. Sjoblom Oy Forcit AB FINLAND
16. Mr. D. Antille SSE SWITZERLAND
17. Mr. M. Delaloye
18. Mr. Gilles de Preux
GROUP AUSTIN POWDER
19. Mr. O. Greben Austin Detonators CZECH REPUBLIC
20. Mr. W. Schuster Austin Europe AUSTRIA
21. Mr. J. Rathbun Austin International USA
GROUP EXPLOSIFS ET PRODUITS CHIMIQUES -E.P.C.
22. Mr. O. Obst EPC Groupe FRANCE
23. Mr. B. Pougny
24. Mr. V. Huelamo Maxam SPAIN
GROUP ORICA EUROPE
25. Mr. J. Court Orica Europe Norway
26. Mr. I. Cameron EASSP UK
27. Mr. Boet Coetzee SAFEX SA
28. Mr. H.H. Meyer FEEM GERMANY
4 MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES
1. AUSTIN POWDER
2. EPC GROUPE
3. MAXAM GROUP
4. ORICA EMEA
15 INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES
5. DAVEY BICKFORD, France
6. DYNAENERGETICS, Germany
7. EURENCO, Sweden
8. EXPLOSIA, Czech Republic
9. KEMPHOS OY, Finland
10. KIMIT AB, Sweden
11. MSW Chemie, Germany
12. NITROERG SA , Poland
13. OY FORCIT, Finland
14. POUDRERIE D’AUBONNE, Switzerland
15. PRAVISANI SPA, Italy
16. SOCIETE SUISSE DES EXPLOSIFS, Switzerland
17. SPREWA, Germany
19. WEATHERFORD, Romania
20. 1 Affiliate Organisation
a. EASSP (European Association for Study of Safety Problems in the Production and Use of Propellant Powders)
21. 2 Associate Organisations:
a. IME (Institute of Makers of Explosives)
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held in Warsaw on 22 May 2014
Item 1 on the Agenda
CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS
FEEM’s President Mr. Daniel Antille opened the proceedings of the 38th Annual General Meeting by welcoming the members of the Federation and in particular Mr. Ian Cameron, Secretary General of EASSP.
Item 2 on the Agenda
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
The Draft Agenda for this Meeting had been circulated in due course and no written or verbal comments had been received. At the request of the Chairman the Agenda was unanimously accepted.
Item 3 on the Agenda
COMPLIANCE WITH EUROPEAN COMPETITION LAWS
The Secretary General reminded the meeting of the Compliance Policy which FEEM has decided to adhere to at all of its meetings. As an Association, FEEM operates in compliance with European competition laws. Respect for these laws is a core value applying to all FEEM activities not only during meetings but also to social gatherings before and after meetings. By signing the participation form, the participants declare their adherence to the Competition Compliance Programme and agreed to comply with the Competition Regulations. All delegates received the Competition Compliance Checklist prior to the meeting.
Item 4 on the Agenda
MINUTES OF THE 36TH AGM HELD IN BRUSSELS ON 5 JUNE 2013
The minutes have been circulated by electronic mail and in paper format and no written comments have been received. At the request of the Chairman the minutes were accepted unanimously.
Item 5 on the Agenda
REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The president Mr. Daniel Antille gave a report about the activities of the Executive Committee in 2013.
Item 6 on the Agenda
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL
The report of the Secretary General was included in the Working Papers as a hand-out which was circulated and it was given with the help of a power-point presentation. The main topics for 2013 were:
1. Short up-date on Track & Trace
a. Readability of markings on products and packagings (1st experiences)
i. There have been several tests during 2013 concerning the readability of markings of items (cartridges, detonators and detonating cords) and packagings; as well as the XML formats for the transfer of data within the supply chains. The first trials after April 2013 were of mixed quality. A rather high percentage of tests showed good results but there were also a number of errors due to bad printing or by using wrong formats. Trials later in the year showed that manufacturers had learned to improve the quality of printing, labelling and mailing information using the correct format. Photos of examples demonstrated typical mistakes!
b. Action Plan of the European End-user organisations
i. UEPG, other end-user organisations, the Commission and FEEM have formed a task-force group to assist end-users with the implementation of phase 2 of the Track & Trace legislation.
c. Finalization of the FEEM European Standard Code
i. After several meetings of the Security Working Group FEEM finally agreed on the modifications and approved the final version at our March 2013 meeting in Brussels. In April FEEM distributed the document to its members & end-user organisations (e.g. UEPG, EASSP, Euromines, EURACOAL, EFEE, and Eurocement) and to the EU Commission, Notified Bodies and Competent Authorities. The text with its appendices was edited on FEEM’s home-page and it was also officially published on the COMMISSION’S HOME-PAGE in JUNE 2013. This has got official and regulatory character now and will enable LAW ENFORCING BODIES and PUBLIC AUTHORITIES to work according to FEEM standards.
d. Global track & trace code
i. The UN Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods) have met in Geneva on 23 June – 02 July 2013 for their forty-fifth session. Under Item XX of the agenda they proposed a “HARMONIZED INTERNATIONAL STANDARD FOR EXPLOSIVES TRACEABILITY MARKINGS“: “The sub-committee is requested to add a new paragraph 1.4.4, Provisions for Unique Identification of Class 1 Explosives (when required by National Authority), to Chapter 1.4, Security Provisions, of the Model Regulations.” The paragraph 1.4.4 is identical to the European Track & Trace regulations and matches the FEEM’s coding structure.
2. New Directives pending
a. Review of Dir. 93/15
i. A new Directive has been drafted this year, regulating the harmonization of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market and supervision of explosives for civil uses. This Directive incorporates a number of other Directives and Regulations such as 93/15 & 2008/43, 2004/57, 765/2008, 768/2008, 96/82, 2013/29, 91/477 and others, dealing with explosives and pyrotechnical articles. This is the new “Bible” for the Explosives Industry! The draft will be presented by the Commission to the EU Parliament during the course of this year and will most probably enter into force at the beginning of 2014.
b. CBRNE Personnel Security Vetting
i. Within the 48 measures to enhance the security of explosives in Europe was the intention to consider possible measures at the EU level to adopt a harmonized pre-Employment Background Check (EBC) to be used in all Member States.
c. UPDATE ON SCEPYLT (Paperless European Transfer Process), THE PAN-EUROPEAN INFORMATION SYSTEM ON EXPLOSIVES CONTROL TO PREVENT AND FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM, AND ITS FUTURE
i. The Spanish SCEPYLT coordinator recalled some of the obstacles to implementation of the system in the period up to the end of 2013, when the DG Home grant expired. Only eight Member States had made financial contributions to the project (13,847 EUR each), which had a final budget of around € 980,000 in 2013 (80% funded by DG Home). Since then the system continued to be used; 12 Member States were connected, with just 5 using it (Spain, France, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands), 3 others (Germany, Poland and UK) using it on a test basis and Italy to start testing soon. In 2013 about 75 approvals had been granted for transports with about 50 pending.
d. Implementation of commission directive 2008/43/EC setting up a system for the identification and traceability of explosives for civil uses
i. STATUS OF PREPARATIONS BY INDUSTRY, INCLUDING GUIDANCE: FEEM reported to the Commission, that from 5 April 2013 all explosives manufactured by FEEM member companies are being marked in accordance with the Directive. FEEM is assisting end-user organisations like UEPG in their efforts to ensure that customers are aware of the system and its requirements. All member companies are using FEEM's European Code Structure, the guidance on which was updated in April 2013 (EU Doc 5.a.1) to cover not only the mandatory information requirements, but also recommendations to distributors and re-packagers to voluntarily use THREE LETTER CODES to identify them. FEEM also offered to develop a password-protected software application (APP) that would enable competent national authorities to identify the manufacturing site for each explosive, providing information about the EU manufacturer or importer, their address and contact details, etc.
7. There was a Coffee Break from 10h30 to 11h00.
Item 8 on the Agenda
INSTITUTE OF MAKERS OF EXPLOSIVES (IME) REPORT
Chris Ronay, President of IME has retired from IME. Chris became the president of the IME on October 1, 1994. He came to the Institute following a career of 23 years as a Special Agent of the FBI.
Chris sent these words to FEEM: “In many ways this will be a melancholy affair. IME has been such a great part of my life for nearly 20 years that I’m not sure how to deal with leaving it all behind. It seems like a replay of my first retirement from the FBI, leaving friends and colleagues from many sectors. During my time with IME, no other organization has held the influence and importance for me as FEEM. Most remarkably you Hans, John Dolan and Frank Murray have embodied the Federation and become so close to IME. For this and your friendship I am most grateful and thank you. May we always stay in touch!”
His successor as president is Debra Satkowiak. Until recently, Debra had been the Chief of the Firearms and Explosives Industry Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”).Ms. Satkowiak served for 23 years in a variety of positions at ATF, culminating in her appointment to the Firearms and Explosives Industry Division in 2010. Over those 23 years, Deb’s experience encompassed field inspections, advanced training, development of explosives policy and regulations, media and legislative affairs, and executive leadership. Her background, which includes extensive interaction with blasters and other direct users of commercial explosives, distributors, manufacturers, consultants, and company executives, has provided her with a sound background in the technical aspects of the explosives. Unfortunately Debra was not able to attend this FEEM AGM in Warsaw. She writes that she is disappointed, but a combination of her new arrival to the job and preparing for IME’s Spring Meeting beginning of June is preventing her from travelling to Europe. However, she sent a message and her greetings to this FEEM AGM.
Item 9 on the Agenda
Reports of the FEEM Working Groups
4 FEEM Working Groups have been active in 2013:
o Health and Safety
o Blasting practices
o Track & Trace Ad-Hoc working group
The reports of the Working Groups are included in Annual Report which was given to each participant at the beginning of the meeting and there were given with the help of a power-point presentation.
Item 10 & 11 on the Agenda
FINANCIAL REPORT 2013, BUDGET 2014 and Statistics 2013
1. Financial Report 2013 and Budget 2014
The statement of the 2013 financial situation and the forecast for 2014 were circulated with the meeting papers. The books and accounts have been kept and approved by our Chartered Accounts I.I.P. in Brussels and are in meticulous condition. The meeting accepted the 2013 accounts unanimously. Due to a robust financial situation and balanced budget the Executive Committee decided at their meeting on 21 May 2013 in Warsaw to maintain the 2014 membership fees at the old level in spite of increased general costs.
2. Statistics 2013
The 2013 statistics were presented to the delegates and are included in the Annual Report which was given to each participant at the beginning of the meeting.
Item 12 on the Agenda
ELECTION & RE-ELECTION TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1. According to the “2 year rule” and according to Article 7.2 of FEEM’s Constitution the following Executives Committee Members have stepped down at this meeting and had to stand for re-election:
n Gianni Facchinetti
n Ulf Sjöblom
n Vicente Huelamo
They had indicated that they would stand for another period of office. They were unanimously elected to the Executive Committee by the Assembly for a term of 2 years.