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The EOQ (at that time called European Organization for Quality Control - EOQC) was established in 1956. 

The founding organizations came from five western European Countries: France, Italy, Western Germany, The Netherlands and United Kingdom. 

As a first major step in broadening the delivery of a quality agenda the EOQ spread its roots into other western European countries, before establishing links with Central and Eastern Europe. 

Later EOQ has widened its activities to include the countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean region.

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Countries
NameCountryTerm
Torolf Paulshus
Norway2020 – 2023
Torolf Paulshus
Norway2017 – 2020
George Georgiades
Cyprus2014 – 2017
Niyazi Akdas
Turkey2011 – 2014
Viktor Seitschek
Austria2008 – 2011
Yuri Gousakov
Russia2006 – 2008
Wolfgang Kaerkes
Germany2004 – 2006
Frank Steer
UK2002 – 2004
Ricardo Dell’Anna
Italy2000 – 2002
Sean Conlan
Ireland1998 – 2000
Otto Neumayer
Austria1996 – 1998
Ulf Anderson
Sweden1994 – 1996
Tito Conti
Italy1992 – 1994
Horst Fuhr
Germany1990 – 1992
John Goldsmith
UK1988 – 1990
Dieter Seghezzi
Switzerland1986 – 1988
Sütö Kalman
Hungary1984 – 1986
Ove Hartz
Denmark1982 – 1984
Bill Thoday UK
UK1981 – 1982
Alexander Glichev
USSR1978 – 1980
V. Cantarelli
Italy1975 – 1977
Enrico Blanco
Spain1973 – 1975
Georges Borel
France1971 – 1973
Oseberg
Norway1969 – 1971
Johnson
Sweden1967 – 1969
Umberto Turello
Italy1965 – 1967
Jan van Ettinger
Netherlands1963 – 1965
J. Mothes
France1961 – 1963
F. Nixon
UK1959 – 1961
Walter Masing
Germany1957 – 1959

Presidents of EOQ

Congresses

Our congress, yearly organised since 1956 by a National Representative in his/her country, is a showroom for the EOQ and its worldwide network. It offers quality organizations a platform and a unique opportunity to learn and network.

EOQ congresses since 2010:

EditionPlaceDateOrganized byMotto
2010-54th
Izmir, TurkeyOctober 26-27, 2010EOQ and TSEA Heritage for the Future: Quality
2011 55th
Budapest, HungaryJune 20-22, 2011EOQ and HNC-EOQNavigating Global Quality in a New Era
2012-56th
Frankfurt, GermanyJune 14-15, 2012EOQ and DGQ Made for Quality - Made for success
2013-57th
Tallinn, EstoniaJune 18-19, 2013EOQ and EAQQuality Renaissance - Co-creating a Viable Future
2014-58th
Gothenburg, SwedenJune 11-12, 2014EOQ and EOQ and SFKManaging Challenges in Quality Leadership
2015-59th
Athens/GreeceJune 11-12, 2015EOQ and HMAIs Quality a Philosophy or is it a Mindset?
2016-60th
Helsinki/FinlandJune 1-2, 2016EOQ and FQAQuality enables Growth and Competitiveness
2017-61st
Bled/SloveniaOctober 11-12, 2017EOQ and SZKOSuccess in the Digital Era -Quality as a Key Driver
2018-62nd
Paris/ FranceJune 21-22, 2018EOQ and AFQPFeel the new Quality Way!
2019-63th
Lisbon/ PortoOctober 23-24, 2019EOQ and APQRediscovering Quality
2023 64th
Porto/ PortugalNovember 9-10, 2023EOQ and APQQuality for the future
2024-65th
Reims/ FranceNovember 14-15, 2024EOQ and AFQPQuality as a catalyst for an olympic performance

Georges Borel Award Winners

The EOQ Georges Borel Award rewards individuals for their global impact in the field of quality.
With the Georges Borel Award, the European Quality Movement and EOQ in particular wants to :

  • Appreciate outstanding individuals who devote their time and energy to sharing their convictions and knowledge for the benefit of European society.
  • Recognise and thank those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the EOQ mission: “To improve European society by promoting quality in the broadest sense”.
YearGeorges Borel awardAwarded toPlace
2024
Presidential Georges Borel Award for European AchievementsZoran LekicOnline General Assembly meetong of June 10th 2024
2021
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for European achievementsKonrad ScheiberOnline Ceremony on 15th September 2021
2021
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for European achievementsUdo HansenOnline Ceremony on 15th September 2021
2019
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for European achievementsAntónio de Almeida JúniorLisbon/Portugal on 24th October 2019
2017
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for governmental achievementsTatjana Mizori ZupanBled/Slovenia on October 10th 2017
2017
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievementsNikolay KhersonskiyBled/Slovenia on October 10th 2017
2016
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for governmental achievementsCharles CorrieHelsinki/Finland on May 31st 2016
2016
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievementsDr. Noriaki KanoHelsinki/Finland on May 31st 2016
2016
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for European achievementsViktor SeitschekHelsinki/Finland on May 31st 2016
2015
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for governmental achievementsDr. Thomas FacklamAthens/Greece on June 10th, 2015
2015
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievementsDr. George AnastasopoulosAthens/Greece on June 10th, 2015
2015
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for European achievementsTiia TammaruAthens/Greece on June 10th, 2015
2014
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievementsThomas SzaboLeuven/Belgium on December 5th, 2014
2013
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievementsGregory H. WatsonTallinn/Estonia in June 2013
2012
EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for governmental achievementsJacques McMillanFrankfurt/Germany on June 14th, 2012
History Before 2012:
European Medal:
International Medal:Media Medal:
2006 Niyazi Akdas
2006 Paul Borawski 
2004 Geert Bruyneel
2005 Shoji Shiba2006 Elisabeth Ballery
2002 Walter Masing and Jean François Zobrist
2003 Bob King2003 John Humphrys

European Quality Leaders

The European Quality Leader (EQL) Award recognises Quality Leaders who have enabled their organization to achieve significant success through his or her leadership and through quality processes implemented directly through her or his team

EQL Award of YearEQL Awarding CeremonyEQL Award Winners
2024
2024
Mrs. Alexandra Bech Gjørv, CEO of SINTEF
2022-23
2023
Mr. Dag Kroslid from Norway, CEO of NorDan Gruppen AS
2021
2022
Mr. Fernando Alberto Mesquita de Melo from Portugal, CEO of Amorim Cork Flooring
2020
2021
Mr. Carlos Ribas from Portugal, Technical Plant Manager and Bosch Representative in PortugaL
2020
2021
Mr. Ajay Naik from Sweden, Managing Director & Country Manager of SKF Sverige AB.
2019
2020
Mr. Eric Wolff from France, Quality Director at L’Oréal.
2018
2019
Marc Bazinet.Management System, Risks and Internal Control Director at EDF - Commerce Division/France
2017
2018
Dr. daniela Muller/Global program manager for standardizaton and optimization/Honeywall Autria Gesmbh/Austria
Robin Roest/Managing director of the division repair services/CED European Claim Experts/Netherlands
2016
2017
Gerd Hartinger/CEO CEO of the Geriatric Health Centres/Graz/Austria
2015
2016
José Luis Velasco Escudero/LOEWE/Spain Dr. Gerald Sendlhofer / University Hospital Graz / Australia Torgeir Halvorsen / Jaeger Automobil AS / Norway Patrick Mongilon / AQM Conseil / France
2014
2015
Dr. Uwe Schweigert/Robert Bosch Eisenach/Germany
2013
2014
Pieter de Kroon/Netherlands
2012
2013
Constantinos Evripides, GENESIS Pharma/Greece
2011
2012
Antonio J.Cobo Ruiz, General Motors/Spain David J.Kelly, AFQM/Austria
2010
2011
Jean-Paul Teyssen, Carglass/Belgium
2009
2010
Prof. Milan Hutyra, Technical University of Ostrava/Czech Republic

Honorary Members

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European Quality Week

Since 1995 EOQ announces the European Quality Week theme with a Quality slogan. 
All EOQ members promote this theme with an impressive variety of events during the annual European Quality Week, which takes place in the 2nd week of November.
Traditionally, World Quality Day is on the Thursday of that week.
 
With this project EOQ wants to make the public aware of the advantages and importance of quality management. 
In particular, it is a promotion and demonstration of competitiveness throughout Europe.

YearNovember DaysQuality slogan
2024
11 - 17
European Quality : Building a Brighter, Better Tomorrow.
2023
6-12
Quality for the Future
2022
7-13
New Europe – New Quality
2021
8-14
Passing the Next Frontier with Quality
2020
9-15
Quality as Competitive Advantage in an Uncertain Environment
2019
11-17
Make Quality Great Again!
2018
5-11
Quality is Success!
2017
6-12
Quality Transforms!
2016
7-13
Quality for Results
2015
9-15
Quality – Emotion – Inspiration
2014
10-16
Winning through Quality
2013
11-17
Made in Quality – Made for Success
2012
5-11
Key Factor – Quality
2011
7-13
Quality for best impact
2010
8-14
Quality: a success factor
2009
9-15
Quality makes the difference!
2008
10-16
Quality is back – Back to Quality. No Quality. No Business
2007
5-11
Innovation and Care
2006
6-12
Best experiences for a better life
2005
7-12
Innovation and transformation – The way to sustainability
2004
8-13
Quality through diversity
2003
10-15
Make It Happen
2002
11-16
Driving the change
2001
5-10
Sustainable Quality for the new century
2000
6-11
Building the twenty first century
1999
8-13
Best practices for success
1998
9-14
Sharing responsibilities, sharing benefits
1997
10-15
At the service of society
1996
11-16
Winning together