Moldova joins the IEC
Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-02-21 – The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is pleased to announce the IEC Council has approved the application for IEC Associate Membership from the Republic of Moldova. With the addition of Moldova the IEC Family now comprises 82 members and 81 affiliate countries.
The Republic of Moldova is a landlocked state in Eastern Europe located between Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east and south, and lies between two rivers, the Dniester and the Prut. Moldova has a population of 4,3 million with 650 000 inhabitants in the capital, Chişinău. Statistics show estimated annual electricity generation of 3,412 billion kWh and consumption of 4,463 billion kWh. The country imports all of its supplies of petroleum, coal and natural gas. Its main industries are sugar, vegetable oil, food processing, agricultural machinery, foundry equipment, white goods, shoes and textiles.
Moldova was one of the first countries to join the Affiliate Country Programme for developing countries when it was launched in 2001. In July 2010 it was granted Affiliate Plus status, having adopted more than 90 IEC International Standards as national standards and having established MEC (the Moldovan Electrotechnical Committee) which represents the country’s main electrotechnical stakeholders: industry, regulatory authorities, academic institutions and the national standards body.
The President of MEC, Mr Vitalie Dragancea, is also General Director of INSM (National Institute for Standardization and Metrology) while Ms Tatiana Rusu, Secretary of MEC, is a senior specialist in international relations at INSM.
As an Associate Member, the Republic of Moldova will be able to attend any technical and some management meetings (such as those of Council and the Standardization Management Board) that take place during the annual IEC General Meeting.
Associate Members have access rights and can comment on all IEC technical documents, except FDISs (Final Draft International Standards). They may also request to become Participating members (P-members) on a maximum of four technical committees or subcommittees with the obligation to vote on the work produced by those committees.
MEC has expressed interest in being a P-Member in TC 13: Electrical energy measurement, tariff and load control, TC 34: Lamps and related equipment and TC 88: Wind turbines.