History

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 European countries.

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

Presidents of EOQ

2020 – 2023 Torolf Paulshus Norway
2017 – 2020 Torolf Paulshus Norway
2014 – 2017 George Georgiades Cyprus
2011 – 2014 Niyazi Akdas Turkey
2008 – 2011 Viktor Seitschek Austria
2006 – 2008 Yuri Gousakov Russia
2004 – 2006 Wolfgang Kaerkes Germany
2002 – 2004 Frank Steer UK
2000 – 2002 Ricardo Dell’Anna Italy
1998 – 2000 Sean Conlan Ireland
1996 – 1998 Otto Neumayer Austria
1994 – 1996 Ulf Anderson Sweden
1992 – 1994 Tito Conti Italy
1990 – 1992 Horst Fuhr Germany
1988 – 1990 John Goldsmith UK
1986 – 1988 Dieter Seghezzi Switzerland
1984 – 1986 Sütö Kalman Hungary
1982 – 1984 Ove Hartz Denmark
1981 – 1982 Bill Thoday UK UK
1978 – 1980 Alexander Glichev USSR
1975 – 1977 V. Cantarelli Italy
1973 – 1975 Enrico Blanco Spain
1971 – 1973 Georges Borel France
1969 – 1971 Oseberg Norway
1967 – 1969 Johnson Sweden
1965 – 1967 Umberto Turello Italy
1963 – 1965 Jan van Ettinger Netherlands
1961 – 1963 J. Mothes France
1959 – 1961 F. Nixon UK
1957 – 1959 Walter Masing Germany

Congresses

2019 63rd EOQ Quality Congress in Lisbon/Portugal

EOQ and its National Representative organization from Portugal, AQP, have organized the 63rd EOQ Quality Congress in Lisbon, Portugal on October 23-24, 2019 under the motto “Rediscovering Quality”.

2018 - 62nd EOQ Quality Congress in Paris/France

EOQ and its National Representative organization from France, AFQP, have organized the 62nd EOQ Quality Congress in Paris, France on June 21-22, 2018 under the motto “Feel the new Quality way!

2017 - 61st EOQ Quality Congress in Bled/Slovenia

EOQ and its National Representative organization from Slovenia, SZKO, have organized the 61st EOQ Quality Congress in Bled, Slovenia on October 11-12, 2017 under the motto “Success in the Digital Era – Quality as a Key Driver”.

2016 - 60th EOQ Quality Congress in Helsinki/Finland

EOQ and its National Representative organization from Finland, FQA, have organized the 60th EOQ Quality Congress in Helsinki, Finland on June 1-2, 2016 under the motto “Quality enables Growth and Competitiveness”.

2015 - 59th EOQ Quality Congress in Athens/Greece

EOQ and its National Representative organization from Greece, HMA, have organized the 59th EOQ Quality Congress in Athens, Greece on June 11-12, 2015 under the motto “Is Quality a Philosophy or is it a Mindset?”.

2014 - 58th EOQ Quality Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden

EOQ and its National Representative organization from Sweden, SFK, have organized the 58th EOQ Quality Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 11-12, 2014 under the motto “Managing Challenges in Quality Leadership”.

2013 - 57th EOQ Quality Congress in Tallinn, Estonia

EOQ and its National Representative organization from Estonia, EAQ, have organized the 57th EOQ Quality Congress in Tallinn, Estonia on June 18-19, 2013 under the motto “Quality Renaissance – Co-creating a Viable Future”.

2012 - 56th EOQ Quality Congress in Frankfurt, Germany

EOQ and its National Representative organization from Germany, DGQ, have organized the 56th EOQ Quality Congress in Frankfurt, Germany in June 14-15, 2012 under the motto “Made for Quality – Made for success”.

2011 - 55th EOQ Quality Congress in Budapest, Hungary

EOQ and its National Representative organization from Hungary, HNC-EOQ, have organized the 55th EOQ Quality Congress in Budapest, Hungary in June 20-22, 2011 under the motto “Navigating Global Quality in a New Era”.

2010 - 54th EOQ Quality Congress in Izmir, Turkey

EOQ and TSE (Turkish Standards Organization) have organized the 54th EOQ Quality Congress on 26-27 October 2010 in the beautiful city of Izmir/Turkey, under the congress motto “A Heritage for the Future: Quality”.

George Borrel Award Winners

The EOQ Georges Borel Award recognises individuals who have brought an outstanding contribution to the EOQ mission, which is: “Improve European society through the promotion of Quality in its broadest sense”.

History Since 2012:

Year George Borel award Awarded to Place
2019 EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for European achievements António de Almeida Júnior Lisbon/Portugal on 24th October 2019
2017 EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for governmental achievements Tatjana Mizori Zupan Bled/Slovenia on October 10th 2017
2017 EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievements Nikolay Khersonskiy Bled/Slovenia on October 10th 2017
2016 EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for governmental achievements Charles Corrie Helsinki/Finland on May 31st 2016
2016 EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievements Dr. Noriaki Kano Helsinki/Finland on May 31st 2016
2016 EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for European achievements Viktor Seitschek Helsinki/Finland on May 31st 2016
2015 EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for governmental achievements Dr. Thomas Facklam Athens/Greece on June 10th, 2015
2015 EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievements Dr. George Anastasopoulos Athens/Greece on June 10th, 2015
2015 EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for European achievements Tiia Tammaru Athens/Greece on June 10th, 2015
2014 EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievements Thomas Szabo Leuven/Belgium on December 5th, 2014
2013 EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievements Gregory H. Watson Tallinn/Estonia in June 2013
2012 EOQ presidential Georges Borel Award for governmental achievements Jacques McMillan Frankfurt/Germany on June 14th, 2012

History Before 2012:

European Medal:

2002 Walter Masing and Jean François Zobrist
2004 Geert Bruyneel
2006 Niyazi Akdas

International Medal:

2003 Bob King
2005 Shoji Shiba
2006 Paul Borawski

Media Medal:

2003 John Humphrys
2006 Elisabeth Ballery

European Quality Leaders

EQL Award of Year EQL Awarding Ceremony EQL Award Winners
2018 2019 Marc Bazinet/Management System, Risks and Internal Control Director at EDF – Commerce Division/France
2017 2018 Dr. Daniela Müller/Global program manager for standardizationand optimization/Honeywell Austria 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/Austria
Torgeir Halvorsen /Jaeger Automobil AS/Norway
Patrick Mongillon /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
2008 2009 Jos Corstjens, Tbp/Belgium
2007 2008 Steve Burnell, Augusta Westland/UK
2006 2007 Ben Barbé, Janssen Pharmaceuticals/Belgium
2005 2006 Malcolm Bird OBE, Estelle Clark, Marijke Korteweg/UK
2004 2005 George A. Sarris, Managing Director Entreprises Shipping & Trading S.A./Greece
2003 2004 Paul Efmorfidis, General Manager of COCO-MAT/Greece
2002 2003 Nicolas Vitantzakis, General Director of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (O.T.E. S.A.)/Greece

European Quality Week

Year November Days EOQ Slogan
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
1995   The way towards excellence