On behalf of the REHVA Board and the 19 Member Associations who voted following the request of the Member Associations Plenary Meeting on the 1st of March 2022.
Our thoughts go out to the people of Ukraine. We express our great concern over the loss of life and destruction– and hope that peace will be restored soon. In this context, REHVA expresses its gratitude to the members and supporters that are already supporting Ukrainians and their families.
REHVA's mission is to develop and disseminate economical, energy efficient, safe, and healthy technologies for building services; to serve its members and the field of building services engineering (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) by facilitating knowledge exchange, supporting the development of related EU policies and their implementation at national level. Even in challenging times in our past 60 years, we have constructively found ways of cooperating and strengthening our bonds.
International collaboration has always been at the core of who we are as REHVA community, however, the current war in Ukraine leaves REHVA in a dilemma regarding the membership status of the Russian Member Association, ABOK. While – in sense of fairness - our intention is not to punish colleagues for the decisions of their government if not actively linked to them, this is a dilemma which cannot be solved. REHVA has therefore carefully considered the situation and, with a heavy heart, issued the following proposition to its members:
#1 All ABOK-related information shall be removed immediately from all REHVA means of communication with the above statement instead (including the REHVA website, REHVA Journal, REHVA newsletters etc.).
#2 ABOK’s membership will be suspended until further notice and any further alteration to ABOK’s membership status will be confirmed at the next REHVA General Assembly.