Southeast European Professionals Gather for Region’s First Symposium
The First Regional Symposium on Lifts and Escalators, SEELIFT 2019, organized by the Macedonian Lift Association (MLA) in cooperation with the Bulgarian Lift Association (BLA) and the Croatian Lift Association (HUDIZ), under the framework of the informal SEELift Network, took place at Hotel Metropol in Ohrid, North Macedonia, on June 10-12, 2019. The three-day event was marked by various activities that included 16 presentations of papers (by leading industry experts, professors and CEOs from the Southeast European [SEE] region), discussions, an exhibition of products and presentation of services to help support the industry.
The symposium welcomed more than 65 attendees, including experts from the lift and escalator industry, university academics, representatives of various associations and government institutions, and owners of companies from nine countries. The attendees and speakers arrived from a range of countries: North Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Turkey, Italy, and Spain.
The regional lift associations recognized the need for a symposium that would encourage cooperation and support of companies across the region. This cooperation includes the sharing of knowledge, experience and information, and presents the opportunity for unified growth in the business climate of the region’s industries.
Goran Sekovski, president of the Macedonian Lift Association and CEO of the Institute of Technical Inspection and Safety Engineering (ITI) of Skopje, North Macedonia, offered attendees a warm welcome, and applauded their decision to partake in the symposium. “We are honored to have you here and in this number,” he said, opening the event during which a broad range of industry topics was presented by a roster of notable speakers. A major theme threaded throughout the papers was safety, both for the riding public and for the people who maintain lifts.
The three-day event also included breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and the participants toured many of the historic sites of Ohrid, a popular North Macedonian resort city on the shore of Lake Ohrid.
The final day of the symposium saw participants prepare a common statement, addressed to the governmental bodies of Southeast Europe, in which the urgent need for better national regulations, as well as and their strict and efficient implementation, were emphasized. Members of the SEELift Network agreed to meet in Zagreb, Croatia, in September to plan the next symposium.