Javier Tourón
  • Javier Tourón

Presidential acceptance speech setting ECHA’s goals in 2000:

The first one will be the development of a set of regulations for the ECHA diploma that will help to foster even further development that will benefit the community of teachers and practitioners as well as the ECHA itself. These regulations will be delineated by the General committee and submitted to all the ECHA members for their consideration and suggestions. After that the new rules will be voted in the General Assembly of members and will enter into force.

My second concern will be increasing the presence of the ECHA in Europe and the world. At least it’s virtual presence. This means finishing the project of the construction of the ECHA Homepage. We already have a draft. I will request your co-operation to contribute to it with the valuable information you have in your own countries.

The third goal is related to the increase of our communication. To my understanding it cannot be reduced to the biannual conferences and little more. It will be possible to organize a kind of forum or discussion list through the Internet. And we have to do it.

The last goal but not the least is to find ways to increase our Council in a significant way. In a continent of more than 300 million people the figures of the ECHA membership seems ridiculously low and we have to do something about this.

But none of the above stated goals can be reached without your help. It is my wish that these goals are not my goals but our goals. I will finish using a sailing metaphor. Let’s imagine that the ECHA is a tall ship. You make me the helmsman for this period, but as a passionate sailor of many years I know very well that this ship will be unable to sail upwind without an enthusiastic and well trained crew. You are that crew and I rely totally on you. But we do not set sail from the yard; this is not a new tall ship. This is a veteran vessel that has coped very well in the past with calm waters and stormy ones too, thanks to the seamanship of other helmsmen. I will try to learn from the past and read the charts very carefully to avoid shallow waters.