The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is a federation of national associations of certified radio amateurs, representing over 150 countries and separate territories around the world.

The three IARU Regions are organised to broadly mirror the structure of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and its related regional telecommunications organisations. The Regions comprise:
- IARU Region 1: Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia
- IARU Region 2: The Americas
- IARU Region 3: Asia-Pacific

The IARU represents the interests of the Amateur Radio Service worldwide to relevant international organisations, promoting the interests of amateur radio and seeking to protect and enhance its spectrum privileges.

EURAO and Friedrichshafen

IARU Region 1 is surprised and disappointed at the statement made by EURAO, asserting that IARU has refused to meet with EURAO at the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio event.

IARU has for many months been pressing EURAO to meet on a professional level to discuss and share views on amateur radio strategy. This against a background where CEPT has very little time to devote to amateur radio issues and certainly not to resolving differences of view between EURAO and IARU.

EURAO has shown itself reluctant to respond to this invitation, finally responding at the end of May proposing a meeting at Friedrichshafen and citing budget difficulties in meeting elsewhere.

It is totally impractical for IARU to hold the suggested one day meeting at Friedrichshafen and for EURAO to expect this to happen shows a misunderstanding of the depth of discussion required. Nor does electronic conferencing lend itself to this sort of meeting where establishing personal rapport is a key part of the objective.

With careful choice of meeting location, this can be done within one day, without overnight stays. IARU is deeply involved in the Friedrichshafen programme this year, but remains ready to hold the proposed meeting on another occasion anywhere in Europe.

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