CEN and CENELEC

November Annual Meeting

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DATE

24 - 25 November 2021
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LOCATION

Sant'Elia Palace, Palermo, Italy / online
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HOSTS

Ente Italiano di Normazione (UNI) & Comitato Elettrotecnico Italiano (CEI)
WELCOME FROM THE HOSTS
UNI and CEI

Dear friends,

we are just happy to welcome you to Palermo!

We really hoped this could be the proper occasion to gather all of us, finally in presence.

The current situation, however, allows to provide for a hybrid solution only, but this is anyway a good start:  after such a long time, we can sit together, side by side, and exchange views alive, while waiting, pretty soon, for a meeting attended physically by all delegates and by any representative from CEN and CENELEC Members.

We are sorry that all of us cannot be physically present in Palermo, but we are sure that the sense of community is well felt anyway.

You cannot enjoy Palermo in Summer, as it was first planned, but this city is beautiful and fascinating all the year long: Palermo offers art and culture, tradition, a great landscape and a unique cooking!

Sicily is a cross road of cultures in Europe, from the Greeks to the Normans, from the Byzantines to the Swabians.

We hope all those attending the event in Palermo will enjoy and appreciate this island, having the chance of “testing and tasting” all this!

We will do our best, however, to involve as well and to the same extent those who are forced to participate in our AG meeting virtually and to take part in our discussions from home.

As you know, CEN and CENELEC are a big family and all their members are expected to experience and to live the same opportunities.

Welcome again to all of you to this important event!

WELCOME FROM THE PRESIDENTS
CEN and CENELEC

Dear Delegates,

We are very pleased to welcome you to the CEN and CENELEC Annual Meeting - November 2021. After a virtual gathering last year, this year we are happy to be meeting again in person in gorgeous Palermo. Even if, for now, just a limited number of us will be able to travel to Sicily, the fact that we can start meeting again in person gives some reasons to be optimistic about. We would also like to warmly thank UNI and CEI, our Italian members, for hosting this yearly gathering in a hybrid format – an impressive feat in the uncertain situation of the past months.

Indeed, the past year and a half have been a challenge for many of us, as Covid has revolutionised many traditional approaches and ways of working and has called us to adapt to the new normal: as CEN and CENELEC’s Presidents, we have been very proud to see our community raising up the challenge. This Annual Meeting in Palermo will give us the opportunity to take stock of what has been done and draft the way forward.

Three, intense days of meetings are at the beating heart of CEN and CENELEC’s work: CEN General Assembly and the CENELEC General Assembly are strictly statutory. The common session of the CEN and CENELEC General Assemblies will offer the opportunity to report on and discuss key strategic, policy and technical matters related to European standardization in an interactive way.

In particular, during the three days of our gathering we will address and decide on some important developments for our organisations, such as the initial projects to be deployed in 2022 to support our CEN-CENELEC Strategy 2030, the BSI Membership, and election of new Board members and a new CENELEC Vice-President Policy.

Finally, allow us a few closing words: as our last General Assembly as Presidents of CEN and CENELEC, it will be our honour to pass the baton to our successors, Mr Stefano Calzolari and Mr Wolfgang Niedziella, who we are sure will lead the organisations to new heights in the upcoming years.

We look forward to seeing you all again, in Palermo or all around Europe!

Agenda
18:00
19:00

Guided walking tour to the Welcome cocktail

Location: 

Politema Theatre

Join us for a walking tour from the Politema Theatre to the venue of the Welcome cocktail, Artale Tumminnello Palace, to see some beautiful sights around Palermo. 

19:00
22:00

Welcome cocktail

Location:

Palazzo Artale Tumminello

How to get there:

Join the guided tour that will end at the venue (more info here).

Walk from the recommended hotels (Hotel Politema, Hotel Wagner, Grand Hotel et des Palmes), that are all located at walking distance. 

Transport will also be provided from the recommended hotels at 18:30 and will return at 22:00.

07:30
07:45

Transfer to Sant'Elia Palace

Transfer to the meeting venue from the recommended hotels (Hotel Politema, Hotel Wagner, Grand Hotel et des Palmes).

All AG sessions will take place at this venue.

08:30
12:00

CEN and CENELEC Common Session of the AG

12:00
13:00

Lunch

Location: 

Rosaelia, located on the ground floor of Sant'Elia Palace

13:00
14:45

CEN/AG Session

15:00
16:45

CENELEC/AG Session

20:00
23:00

Gala dinner

Location:

Villa Tasca

How to get there: 

Transfer to the venue from the recommended hotels (Hotel Politema, Hotel Wagner, Grand Hotel et des Palmes) at 19:30

Plan your trip
Travel Tips

The Italian Government decided to prolong the state of emergency in our country until 31 December 2021 and, therefore, to request the use of the Green Pass compulsorily, in addition, of course, to the use of masks indoor and the one-meter distancing, to access:

Starting from 6 August (Official Journal 23/7/21 n. 175):

  • Any kind of indoor services (restaurants cafés etc.) except for hotels;
  • Public events, sport competitions or shows;
  • Museums, cultural places and exhibitions;
  • Swimming pools, gym centres or wellness centres, if indoor, included those in hotels;
  • Conferences, meetings and similar events.

Starting from 1 September 2021:

  • Medium-and long distance transport (trains, ships, planes, buses...);
  • Rental buses with driver.

The prescriptions needed to get the Green Pass are the same already in force all over the European Union and applied in the Schengen area, therefore please have yours with you at all times.

For any further and more detailed information, please find enclosed the link to our Ministry of Health, provided in the English version, which contains any prescription in force against Covid-19:

Palermo is the chief town of Sicily, a wonderful city placed right in the centre of the Mediterranean sea. Its origins dated back even to the paleolithic age, and this is proved by the numerous rock carvings and archeological areas which may be visited.

Palermo, however, is rich in much more: churches, monuments, theatres, historical residences, palaces and markets, as well as a wonderful seaside and the famous Mondello beach.

For more detailed information about the city, as well as, for all that you may need for your staying, we invite you to check Palermo's official tourism portal. It is available in English, French, German and Spanish.

The stopover can be done at the Falcone Borsellino Airport (Punta Raisi), from which the city can easily be reached thanks to the various connection services carried out by bus, train, taxi and car.

There will be a free shuttle service provided from the airport to the recommended hotels for meeting participants. The shuttle will be available during the following time slots: 

22nd November 

11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 18:00 

23rd November 

10:00, 12:00, 13:00 

You will find signs for the CEN-CENELEC shuttle at the arrivals hall.

The bus transport service is offered by the Prestìa e Comandè company, reaching Palermo Central Station at the cost of 6 euros one way, 10 euros return, buying online or from retailers. If purchased on board the price is 6.30€ one way and 11€ return.

If you want to take the train, the "Trinacria Express" service (metropolitan train service in Palermo) connects the city of Palermo directly to the airport terminal, and vice versa, in about 45 minutes, and the ticket costs 5.90 euros.

Outside the airport there are also various stopping points for taxis, which make the route at a cost not over 45 euros (the price may vary depending on the area of the city one wishes to reach).

For any information concerning currency and exchange, emergency numbers, consulates or embassies, please check Palermo's official tourism portal.

A useful way to visit the city, especially for those with limited time available, is the tour bus:

City Sightseeing bus, with two lines that cross the city (departure from the Politeama theatre); the ticket is valid for 24 hours and costs 20 euros. Two special lines have recently been added for Monreale and Mondello.

Tourist trains on wheels which, crossing the historical city centre, will show you the most important buildings, churches, squares, historical and archaeological monuments, with assistance from an on-board hostess. The itinerary takes about 40 minutes and costs 8 euros. For further information, visit their official website

Those who wish to visit the city in an unusual and traditional manner can use the characteristic horse-drawn carriages or make use of the service offered by Ape Calesse buggies which, thanks to the small vehicle size, can easily access the historical centre, offering you unique experiences.

Through the Association GTA (Associated Tourist Guides) and AGT - Palermo Tourist Guide Association it will be possible to book a guide to make a guided thematic and personalized tour of the city.

Finally, for those who want to discover the treasures of our city by bike, Sicicla, a tour operator specialized in cycle-tourism, offers half or full day bike tours in the chosen language and with the support of an expert tour leader and / or an authorized tourist guide.

 

The climate in Palermo is Mediterranean: mild and sometimes rainy in winter and hot and sunny in summer.

The average temperature ranges from 11,5 °C in February to 26,5 °C in August.

Palermo – Average Temperatures

Month

Min (°C)

Max (°C)

Media (°C)

January

9

15

11,8

February

8

14

11,5

March

10

16

13

April

11

19

15

May

15

23

19,3

June

19

27

23,2

Luglio

22

30

25,8

August

23

30

26,6

September

20

28

23,8

October

17

24

20,1

November

13

19

16

December

10

16

12,8

Year

14,8

21,8

18,25

 

Winter time is quite mild and never too cold. Sometimes it may be windy and rainy, but average temperatures are always around 10 °C.

Travel Tips

The Italian Government decided to prolong the state of emergency in our country until 31 December 2021 and, therefore, to request the use of the Green Pass compulsorily, in addition, of course, to the use of masks indoor and the one-meter distancing, to access:

Starting from 6 August (Official Journal 23/7/21 n. 175):

  • Any kind of indoor services (restaurants cafés etc.) except for hotels;
  • Public events, sport competitions or shows;
  • Museums, cultural places and exhibitions;
  • Swimming pools, gym centres or wellness centres, if indoor, included those in hotels;
  • Conferences, meetings and similar events.

Starting from 1 September 2021:

  • Medium-and long distance transport (trains, ships, planes, buses...);
  • Rental buses with driver.

The prescriptions needed to get the Green Pass are the same already in force all over the European Union and applied in the Schengen area, therefore please have yours with you at all times.

For any further and more detailed information, please find enclosed the link to our Ministry of Health, provided in the English version, which contains any prescription in force against Covid-19:

Palermo is the chief town of Sicily, a wonderful city placed right in the centre of the Mediterranean sea. Its origins dated back even to the paleolithic age, and this is proved by the numerous rock carvings and archeological areas which may be visited.

Palermo, however, is rich in much more: churches, monuments, theatres, historical residences, palaces and markets, as well as a wonderful seaside and the famous Mondello beach.

For more detailed information about the city, as well as, for all that you may need for your staying, we invite you to check Palermo's official tourism portal. It is available in English, French, German and Spanish.

The stopover can be done at the Falcone Borsellino Airport (Punta Raisi), from which the city can easily be reached thanks to the various connection services carried out by bus, train, taxi and car.

There will be a free shuttle service provided from the airport to the recommended hotels for meeting participants. The shuttle will be available during the following time slots: 

22nd November 

11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 18:00 

23rd November 

10:00, 12:00, 13:00 

You will find signs for the CEN-CENELEC shuttle at the arrivals hall.

The bus transport service is offered by the Prestìa e Comandè company, reaching Palermo Central Station at the cost of 6 euros one way, 10 euros return, buying online or from retailers. If purchased on board the price is 6.30€ one way and 11€ return.

If you want to take the train, the "Trinacria Express" service (metropolitan train service in Palermo) connects the city of Palermo directly to the airport terminal, and vice versa, in about 45 minutes, and the ticket costs 5.90 euros.

Outside the airport there are also various stopping points for taxis, which make the route at a cost not over 45 euros (the price may vary depending on the area of the city one wishes to reach).

For any information concerning currency and exchange, emergency numbers, consulates or embassies, please check Palermo's official tourism portal.

A useful way to visit the city, especially for those with limited time available, is the tour bus:

City Sightseeing bus, with two lines that cross the city (departure from the Politeama theatre); the ticket is valid for 24 hours and costs 20 euros. Two special lines have recently been added for Monreale and Mondello.

Tourist trains on wheels which, crossing the historical city centre, will show you the most important buildings, churches, squares, historical and archaeological monuments, with assistance from an on-board hostess. The itinerary takes about 40 minutes and costs 8 euros. For further information, visit their official website

Those who wish to visit the city in an unusual and traditional manner can use the characteristic horse-drawn carriages or make use of the service offered by Ape Calesse buggies which, thanks to the small vehicle size, can easily access the historical centre, offering you unique experiences.

Through the Association GTA (Associated Tourist Guides) and AGT - Palermo Tourist Guide Association it will be possible to book a guide to make a guided thematic and personalized tour of the city.

Finally, for those who want to discover the treasures of our city by bike, Sicicla, a tour operator specialized in cycle-tourism, offers half or full day bike tours in the chosen language and with the support of an expert tour leader and / or an authorized tourist guide.

 

The climate in Palermo is Mediterranean: mild and sometimes rainy in winter and hot and sunny in summer.

The average temperature ranges from 11,5 °C in February to 26,5 °C in August.

Palermo – Average Temperatures

Month

Min (°C)

Max (°C)

Media (°C)

January

9

15

11,8

February

8

14

11,5

March

10

16

13

April

11

19

15

May

15

23

19,3

June

19

27

23,2

Luglio

22

30

25,8

August

23

30

26,6

September

20

28

23,8

October

17

24

20,1

November

13

19

16

December

10

16

12,8

Year

14,8

21,8

18,25

 

Winter time is quite mild and never too cold. Sometimes it may be windy and rainy, but average temperatures are always around 10 °C.

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