Word from the President
Auf Wiedersehen Peter,
At the turn of the millennium,
ENS was in a critical financial and administrative situation.
The Secretariat, then situated in Berne, was without a Secretary
General and the finances were at zero. The situation required
drastic measures for ENS to survive. Those measures involved
sharing the secretariat with
Foratom, in Brussels, and with a common ENS Secretary
General and Foratom director general. The person who was appointed
to run both jobs and to save ENS from bankruptcy and certain death
was Dr. Peter Haug. During the past five years, Peter has succeeded
in overcoming all the obstacles and helped the Society survive
periods of crisis. He was able to put ENS back on the European
Today, ENS once again has an excellent Secretariat,
and its financial situation is acceptable and improving. Of course,
he was not alone in achieving this. He was able to count upon
the help of three former ENS presidents: Agneta Rising, Andrej
Stritar and Bertrand Barré. He also surrounded himself
with very dynamic and efficient staff members. But it was Peter
who was, undoubtedly, the driving force behind the ENS renaissance.
Today, Peter leaves Brussels to enjoy his well-deserved
retirement. On behalf of all 24.000 (or is it 25.000?) ENS members,
thank you Peter, most sincerely, for all you have done for the
Society and Auf Wiedersehen!
Santiago San Antonio has
joined ENS, as the new Secretary General and Foratom, as
the Director General. He succeeds Peter Haug at the head
of both organisations. He has a great deal of experiencing
working in senior positions with both organisations and
has a great deal of experience in nuclear matters in
general. Santiago has worked for Tecnatom since
34 years and during his career to date has been active with WANO,
NEI, Nucnet, the Spanish Nuclear Industry Forum and the Spanish
Nuclear Society. Those among you who do not yet know Santiago
will discover a very experienced nuclear engineer, scientist.
He is also a manager with great charisma who will leave his indelible
mark on ENS in the years to come. We all look forward to working
with him. Bienvenido Santiago!