Abbreviations &Acronyms Glossary

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VA Voest Alpine
(Austrian steelmaker): steels described as "VA" usually mean stainless steels
VACMA veille automatique par contrôle du maintien d'appui = dead man's handle (or switch, pedal etc., depending on design of machine)
VAV = variable air volume (ventilation)
VBO voorbereidend beroepsonderwijs (NL) (suggest) preparatory vocational education
VC voie en couche = gate road (coalm.)
VCA Veiligheids Checklijst Aannemers (NL) Safety Checklist Contractors
VDAB Vlaamse Dienst van Arbeidsvoorziening en Beroepsopleiding = (suggest) Flemish Vocational Training and Job Procurement Service
VDE Verband deutscher Elektrotechniker = Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (source: VDE website)
Vdg Verordnung (AU)
VDI Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (issues Richtlinien = Guidelines)
VECAI Vereniging van exploitanten en machtiginghouders van centrale antenne inrichtingen = (suggest) Association of Cable Operators (NL)
VEU = Vertrag über die Europäische Union = TEU q.v.
VEWIN Vereniging van Exploitanten van Waterleidingsbedrijven in Nederland = (suggest) Association of Netherlands Water Authorities
VGR (System der) Volkswirtschaftlichen Gesamtrechnungen see SNA
Vgr. Vergütungsgrad (D) = pay grade (BAT e.g.)
VHN Vereniging van Houtimpregneerinrichtingen (NL) = (suggest) Association of Wood Impregnation Companies
VHS Volkshochschule (D) = adult education college
VIP "very important person"
VIZO Vlaams Instituut voor het Zelfstandig Ondernemen = (suggest) Flemish Institute for Self-Employment
VLCC very large crude carriers (shipping)
VLIR Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad (B)
VM
voie montante (FR) rise heading (coalm.)
VNI = valeur nette d'inventaire = NAV q.v.
VNO Verbond Nederlandse Ondernemers = (suggest) Federation of Netherlands Industry
VNU Verenigde Nederlandse Uitgeversbedrijven = (suggest) Associated Dutch Publishers
VOG Vereniging van organisaties in de gepremieerde en gesubsidieerde sector (NL) (suggest) Association of Subsidised-Sector Organisations
VP Volkspolizei = People's Police (former GDR)
VPE Verpackungseinheit, see VSE
VPR ? vapour pressure
VRA voluntary restraint agreement (comm.)
VRD voirie et réseaux divers (FR) = (suggest) highways and public utilities
VROM Volkshuisvestiging, Ruimtelijke Ordening en Milieubeheer (NL) = (Minister e.g. of) Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment
VRT voyageur, représentant, placier = travelling salesman, "rep" (comm.)
VS-Anweisung VSA Allgemeine Verwaltungsvorschrift des Bundesministeriums des Innern zum materiellen und organisatorischen Schutz von Verschlusssachen = Federal Ministry of the Interior’s Administrative Regulation on the Safeguarding of Classified Information (DE)
VSA visual storage access (method, documentation)
VSE = Verkaufseinheit (e.g. "1 VSE = 36 VPE à 2 Spulen")
VTMIS vessel traffic management and information system (EU shipping)
VTS i. vehicle traffic system
VTS ii. vessel traffic services (shipping, ports)
VUB Vrije Universiteit Brussel
VUT vervroegde uittreding = early retirement
VW Verkeer en Waterstaat (NL) = Transport, Public Works & Water Management (Minister, Ministry..)
VWO voorbereidend wetenschappelijk onderwijs (NL) = pre-university education
VWS Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport = (Minister/Ministry of) Health, Welfare and Sport (NL)
vztb voor zover te beoordelen
vzw vereniging zonder winstdoeleinden
= not-for-profit association (body, organisation, etc.)


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