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ECEC Newsletter August 2016

Common Training Principles for Engineers – Review of Stakeholder Workshop

On 30 June 2016, the first stakeholder workshop in the framework of developing Common Training Principles for Engineers took place in Vienna. Over 60 participants from European Ministries and Engineering Organisations took part in the event and contributed to the discussions of possible approaches. After Sophie Weisswange from the European Commission demonstrated the importance of Common Training Principles and automatic recognition for engineers in Europe in the opening speech, project manager Cornelia Hammerschlag presented the results of the survey which was conducted in all EEA countries and Switzerland covering the professional groups of Civil and Environmental Engineers, Electrotechnology Engineers, Mechanical and Industrial Engineers, Mining Engineers and Geodetic Surveyors.

At this event, project director Klaus Thürriedl presented the first proposal for a possible approach to Common Training Principles, based on the findings of the preliminary results of the survey. This proposal was subsequent to his presentation discussed in different workshop groups.

Workshop material: http://www.ecec.net/fileadmin/user_upload/materials_ws_30_June_2016.zip

The next steps of the project:

A revised draft proposal – based on the feedback from the workshop – and the draft survey report will be sent out for consultation to all interested stakeholders at the beginning of September 2016.

A final proposal – based on the feedback from the consultation – will be presented at the stakeholder conference in Vienna on 27 October 2016.


Please note that due to an extension of the project the date of the CTP stakeholder conference has been postponed to the 27th of October 2016

Reforming Regulation of the Profession

Single Market Forum

A vast majority of the ECEC Executive Board members represented the ECEC at the European Commission’s Single Market Forum on „Reforming regulation of professions: results of the mutual evaluation and way forward“ which took place on 18th of May 2016. At this event, Commissioner Bienkowska once again expressed the European Commission’s determination to enforce national reforms of professional regulation and stressed the economic impact of such a reform.

Martin Frohn, responsible for professional qualifications and skills in DG Growth, clearly expressed the need for modern proportionate professional regulation. He wants to reach this aim by ideology-free and independent evaluations and in close cooperation with the professions. National studies on the impact of professional regulation/deregulation showed very different results, which were only partly supporting the European Commission’s assumptions. The discussion in which many engineers and other professionals participated made clear that a differentiated approach to the different professional groups will be necessary.

On 6 September 2016, the European Commission organizes the next Single Market Forum at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Brussels. The objective of this event is to take stock of the dialogue on the Services Passport Initiative.



Consultation on National Action Plans

As part of the transparency initiative that is based on the European Qualifications Directive, the European Commission has launched a public consultation on the National Actions Plans on professional regulation. The results of this consultation will have a significant impact on the shape of the EC’s follow-up activities and its further deregulation efforts in regard to national professional regulations.

Over the past two years, EU countries had to screen their regulatory arrangements for professions and ensure that they are 'proportionate' to legitimate public interest objectives, without creating unnecessary burdens. They then had to produce National Action Plans (NAPs) outlining any changes they proposed to.

The consultation is a peer review in which Member states shall criticise each other’s National Action Plans and thus support the European Commission’s deregulation efforts.

The interest of the European Commission particularly is to find out the views

  • on the specific changes proposed by the Member State
  • regarding any other changes that should be made, but which were not proposed by the Member State
  • on if the Member State conducted a sufficiently robust review of their regulations and their effects in order to reach their conclusions when preparing their NAP.

For details, please see: ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm

Please note that the consultation closes on 19 August 2016.


European Semester 2016

On 18 May 2016, the European Commission issued the country-specific recommendations for 2016:


In 12 Member States a reform of services is a focus of the recommendation, especially in regard to the deregulation of regulated professions. The country-specific recommendations are a tailored policy guidance to Member States and one of the key products under the so-called European Semester. This is a time-window in the first half of each year, in which national governments simultaneously report to the Commission on progress with stability/convergence programmes under the Stability and Growth Pact and Europe 2020 national reform programmes.

During this time, the Commission can give policy guidance and make recommendations to the governments before national budgets are finalised. Based on the analysis presented in the country reports and the dialogue held with Member States, the Commission presents country-specific recommendations for the next 12 to 18 months.

ECEC General Assembly Meeting 2016

This year, the ECEC General Assembly Meeting will be held on Saturday, 15 October 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. To facilitate your travel planning, please find here the preliminary schedule of the meetings and events, which will be held in connection with the GAM:

  • Friday, 14th October 2016, 15.00 – 19.00: ECEC Executive Board meeting + common dinner (for ECEC Board members)
  • Saturday, 15th October 2016, 10.00 – 15.00: ECEC GAM (venue to be announced)
  • Saturday, 15th October 2016, approx. 19.00: Common evening programme (to be announced)


For booking your hotel, find here the registration form for Ibis Styles Hotel. Please note, that only bookings made until 31 August 2016 can be guaranteed.

Upcoming events:

  • 14 October 2016, 15.00-19.00: 54th Executive Board meeting, Budapest, Hungary
  • 15 October 2016, 10.00-15.00: 13th General Assembly meeting, Budapest, Hungary
  • 27 October 2016, 10.00-15.00: CTP Stakeholder Conference, Vienna, Austria