Political Relations Committee

Political Relations Committee – Vice Chair

Following the appointment of Thilo Kootz as Chairman of the IARU Region 1 EMC Committee, the Executive Committee has considered the future leadership of the Region 1 Political Relations Committee (PRC), of which Thilo Kootz is currently also the Chairman.

The EC has determined that until the next Conference, leadership of the PRC should be driven primarily by the Vice-Chair, to allow Thilo to focus on EMC matters, although Thilo would remain as Chairman to provide the necessary guidance. Jacques Verleijen, the current Vice Chair has agreed that he cannot provide the enhanced focus for the PRC whilst at the same time chairing another major committee, the VHF/UHF/Microwave Committee (C5), so has agreed to stand aside as PRC Vice-Chair, to allow a new appointment to be made. Jacques remains a member of the PRC.

I am now pleased to announce that Séamus McCague EI8BP, who is already active in the PRC, is appointed as Vice-Chair of the PRC with immediate effect. Séamus recently retired from the role of IRTS President and this and his past experience in professional life will fit him well for the PRC role.

We wish Séamus well in his new challenge.

Publication of the new RADIO EQUIPMENT DIRECTIVE

Yesterday the new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The RED is the successor of the former R&TTE-Directive, which was in force since 1999.

During the development the Political Relations Committee/EUROCOM had the chance to comment on the law a couple of times and in some points with success. We believe that the new formulation of the law will improve the power of the members states to actually trace and track down equipment put on the European Market, which do not fulfil the essential requirements of the directive. Furthermore the exceptions for amateur radio equipment were clarified as can be reviewed in appendix I of the law. Two major changes, which do not directly affect amateur radio is the fact, that terminal equipment is no longer in the scope and falls under the EMC directive now. Furthermore pure receivers are now in the scope, which may lead higher provisions in electromagnetic immunity.
The RED needs to be transcribed into national law within the next 2 years. We advice member societies to observe this process closely.

The Text of the RED can be downloaded here.

PRC Meeting in Friedrichshafen

The Political Relations Committee of IARU Region 1 will meet in Friedrichshafen during the HAM RADIO. Guest from members societies, who would like to contribute to the political work, are invited to join. Our meeting will be held on Friday, 28.06.2013, from 13:30 to max. 15:00 in Verwaltungsgebäude 5th floor.

Details of how to find the meeting room can be obtained from the DARC or IARU stands in the main hall or from the fairs personnel.


1. Opening and welcome

2. Status of EMC Directive

3. Status of RED Directive (former R&TTE-D)

4. Report on Smart Grid/Smart Metering

5. Report on European Spectrum Policy

6. About the committee

7. Any other business

Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE
PRC Chairman

Draft of R&TTE directive published

Yesterday the European Commission published the new draft for an R&TTE-Directive. You can download it here. An accompanying press release is available here.

If you would like to forward any comments to the Political Relations Committee (PRC) please write to prc_at_iaru-r1.org. We will collect and study all comments and finally draft a comment to forward to the commission.

Amendment to the EMC directive now in writing

As reported before (see article) the draft EMC Directive contained a new dangerous definition of electromagnetic disturbance in its first draft. IARU R1 PRC group had inserted a proposal for an amendment 31 to change the proposed definition of electromagnetic disturbance back to the current definition. The amendment was carried by a large majority.

Now we have written confirmation, because the Minutes of the IMCO committee have been published. Under Agenda Item 39 you can see that amendment No. 31 was accepted. In the list of Amendments you find our proposal text.

The first reading of the EMC Directive in the European Parliament is scheduled for Nov. 2012.