Who is VEUKO
The Kachelofen (original tiled stove)
An European product of quality
The VEUKO is an European platform for information and consulting of the European Associations of the stove-fitter’s trade and has following important objectives:
Periodic information and editing of publications concerning actual events relating to organisation, promotion and profession.
Coordination of exchange of knowledge relating to technology and profession
Corporate development of future questions
Representation of specific concerns in Brussels
Care of helpful relations
First steps to an international exchange of information between the associations and guilds are taken in the year 1966. On 17th January 1966 there was a first meeting of the associations of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The next important steps were the following ones:
formation of the meeting of 3 countries by Germany, Austria and Switzerland
meeting of 4 countries by the joining of South Tyrol
first bylaws of the union
publication of the first press communiqué
Admission of Luxembourg and so an advancement to a meeting of 5 countries
Admission of Hungary
Foundation of VEUKO as a registered European association
Admission of Slovakia and Czech Republic
The key activities and consulting in VEUKO act upon the wishes of the members, e.g. to compare the educational systems of the members and working out recommendations. These combined efforts should be promoted and financial supported by the European Union.
Key topics for intensive consulting are costing of stove-fitters, development of procedures especially for stove-fitters, the significance of pellets for the tile stove sector, presentation of latest developments, computer aided designing of tiled stoves and heating appliances and a proposal for an European Standard for one off tile stoves.
To ensure the tile stove sector in the long run, an European image campaign pro tile stove was considered. Starting from Switzerland, where such a project is already carried out, a pan-European campaign could be developed. This campaign pro tile stove should last over several years and should be supported by a European VEUKO-initiated competition for stove-fitters.
“VEUKO is on the right way to be a professional representation of our stove fitter’s trade in Europe” a member said proudly at the end of the annual congress. This will be clearly apparent in the future, because of a new modern logo and a new homepage.
Against the background of the festivities of the EU-enlargement Slovakia and the Czech Republic were affiliated into the VEUKO on 1st May 2004 – a historic date for Europe. So the VEUKO counts already 8 members and more manifest their wish of joining.
Once a year a congress takes place, which is intermittently carried out by the member countries. The target of the annual congress of the united European associations of the stove-fitter’s trade is an exchange of information between the associations on a high professional level.
Among free coverage about the most important questions of the last year key topics were discussed, supported by technical presentations, at this congress.
Meeting of the delegates
The VEUKO established itself more and more as a platform, where a balance of interests between guilds and associations of the member countries takes place and where combined requests are discussed and represented against other trades and in Brussels.
At the meeting of the delegates, which takes place following to the annual congress, the accordant decisions and additions of new members are made.
Members of VEUKO (Standing January 2006)
Der Zentralverband Sanitär Heizung Klima mit der Bundesfachgruppe Ofen- und Luftheizungsbau
Fédération des Patrons Ramoneurs et Ramoneurs-Fumistes du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
Österreichischer Kachelofenverband gemeinsam mit der Bundesinnung der Hafner, Platten- und Fliesenleger und Keramiker
Die Berufsgemeinschaft der Hafner Südtirols, Associazione Costruttori in Maiolika
Kachelofenverband der Slowakei
Kachelofenverband der Tschechischen Republik
Stiftung „Für den Beruf der ungarischen Kachelofenbauer“