AREA-logoBELGIUM: Representatives of Croatia and Estonia have now joined the European contractors group AREA.

CRACA, the Croatian Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Association, and EKL, the Estonian Refrigeration Association, became members at AREA’s General Assembly spring meeting in Stockholm on May 9.

The new additions increase AREA’s membership to 22 associations from 19 countries.

CRACA was created three years ago with the mission of contributing to the improvement of the country’s hvacr sector, where technology and legislation are developing considerably. CRACA working areas include collaboration with public authorities on regulations and standards, lifelong learning, F-gas certification, technical support and international collaboration.

Tonko Curko, president of CRACA, said: “AREA and CRACA share a mission and objectives. AREA is the best forum to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience and also to be at the source of market information.”

The Estonian association EKL has 30 members and is active on standardisation, qualifications and education. It also cooperates closely with the Estonian Ministry of the Environment.

EKL decided to apply for membership after taking part in the AREA autumn meeting last year in Nuremberg.

“Membership in AREA will enhance EKL’s international profile,” commented Imre Soorand, president of EKL.