Central European Union of Technical Museums has existed for over 20 years. It was founded in 1991 before the foundation meeting in Budapest. This idea was initially raised at the symposium “Breakthrough - new ways of museum policy in Central Europe” in 1990, held at the initiative of the Federal Minister Dr. Busek.
Prof. Dr. Ferenc Szabadváry, who was the Head of the Hungarian delegation, reported:
“Federal Ministry of Research and Science in Austria, which is in charge of public fund-raising, hosted a number of museum directors from the countries of the former monarchy to attend the conference. Between the opening and final meeting work took place in eight sections, namely: technology, art, national galleries, the art industry, theater history, ethnography, avant-garde, national library “... „After the opening meeting, museums´ representatives continued their work in museums in the afternoon and next morning at the Technical Museum in Vienna. They continued talks about finance and conducted an extended debate on the future roles of technical museums and the issues of technical development or technology and society ',' Presentation of the history of technology or technology now, environmental protection', etc.
An important result may be considered a decision of a technical nature that museums should establish an international organization with the participation of Central Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Poland, which would later be joined by Romania, Bulgaria and Italy, which did not seem justified then.
Mr. Knoll of the Technical Museum in Vienna, and Mrs. Eva Vamos, who had to make a proposal the following spring, were in charge of formulating the statutes. They should facilitate the work of the organization.
Around the 17th May the representatives of institutions should have arranged a meeting to discuss the idea and the approval moreover selected the organization's management.
A preparatory meeting was held in the Hungarian Museum of Technology in Budapest then.
The founding meeting of members was on 14th meeting October in1991 in the Hungarian Museum of Technology as well. The Board of Directors was elected on this occasion consisting of the following colleagues:
President: Ing. Vlastimil Vykydal - Brno, Czech Republic
General Secretary: Mgr. Klára Havlíčková - Brno, Czech Republic
Cashier: Mr. Helmut Lackner - Vienna, Austria
Honorar member: Dr. Eva Vámos - Budapest, Hungary
Members: Mrs. Ewa Wyka - Cracow, Poland; Mr. Ornest Jahr - Ljublana, Slovenia;
Mr. Davor Fulanovic - Zagreb, Croatia