General Meeting & Annual Conference 2014

Helsinki

Date: 17-06-14

On 17 & 18 June 2014, the EReg General Meeting & Annual Conference 2014 took place in Helsinki, Finland. The Finnish Transport Safety Agency hosted the Annual Meeting.

During the General Meeting we looked back at the EReg activities in the year 2013-2014 and discussed the finances of EReg. After the coffee break all EReg members were invited to participate in a voting procedure to elect the new EReg Chairman. The EReg members unanimously voted in favour of Mr Camille Gonderinger, director of the Société Nationale de Circulation Automobile (SNCA), as the new chairman of EReg. Mr Hans van der Bruggen EReg Chairman from 2007-2014 was nominated ‘Honorary Chairman of EReg’. The EReg association is very grateful for all the energy and efforts Mr Hans van der Bruggen has invested in the EReg association over the years.

On the first day the EReg annual Conference 2014 was opened by Mr Johan Hakkenberg, CEO of RDW in the Netherlands who will retire September this year. In his keynote speech Mr Johan Hakkenberg paid attention to the urgency, developments, results and challenges of international cooperation of registration authorities, especially in the context of growing interest of the European Commission in activities of the registration authorities.
After that three important European developments were discussed in more detail:

  1. the state of affairs of the re-registration directive and its consequences (Mr Detlef Marek), 
  2. Developments in COC Data Exchange (Mr Camille Gonderinger) and 
  3. Information concerning the feasibility study on the Vehicle Information Platform (VIP) which is part of the Roadworthiness Packages (Mr Herman Grooters).

At the end of the day the main conclusions and recommendations in the final report of EReg Topic Group XIII  on “Vehicle Mileage Registration” was presented by Mr Michel Peelman.

On the second day Open Data, Privacy and Data Protection were discussed in more detail. Mr Martin Alvarez-Espinar, Chairman of the European Public Information Sector (ePSI) Platform Advisory Board discussed policy and developments on Open Data. Mr Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) gave more insight in how to deal with new insights and policy about data protection and data security and Mr Alexander von Campenhausen, European Commission DG Internal Market, SOLVIT, discussed the responsibilities, organization, procedures and recent vehicle domain related cases of SOLVIT.

After the coffee break the results of two EReg questionnaires on

  1. Digital products and services to citizens and private and public bodies and companies and 
  2. Working in (private) partnerships to provide services and products (outsourcing to third parties)

were presented by respectively Mr Hugh Evans and Ms Hanna Hakanen.

Mr Kimo Pylväs gave more insight in the changes in issuing driving licenses. In preparation of the working visit to the European ITS Conference in Helsinki in the afternoon, Mr Sampo Hietanen, ITS director in Finland gave a final presentation on ITS and its relevance for registration authorities.

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