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ECEC Newsletter December 2016

Common Training Principles for Engineers – ECEC Project Finalized

On the 27th of October 2016, the final Stakeholder Conference on Common Training Principles for Engineers took place in Vienna. More than 60 experts from European ministries or Engineering organizations took part in this event, where the main controversies in regard to the revised draft proposal were discussed.  The core topics addressed in different discussion groups were the possibility of compensation of academic education, potential challenges in non-regulated countries in regard to the requirement of a home-country certification and the possibility to base a two-level recognition system on a common scope of authorization. Previous to this event, the CTP Draft Proposal as well as the Survey Report was sent out to the national competent authorities of the engineering profession and over a hundred of national and European Engineering organizations. Subsequently, the project team received a high amount of feedback.

After the conference the final validation process for the survey results took place and is now finished. The final survey report together with the final project report and the ECEC recommendations on further steps was submitted to the European Commission on 21 December 2016.

During this final validation phase the opinions collected in the 2nd stakeholder conference on 27 October 2016 were analyzed by the project expert team. It became quite clear that due to many controversies the process had slithered in a dead-lock situation. In order to find a way out and put the process back on track and at the same time not to overrule the different positions, concerns and approaches in regard to CTP for engineers the project team has decided to recommend a two-piece approach. A short- term approach for a smaller number of countries prepared to participate in a pilot project - based on the (academic) requirements on which a majority of countries has already agreed during the project and very closely oriented on the system of automatic recognition currently in effect for the architects profession -  is the main focus of the recommendations.

Additionally the project team recommends establishing a working group on the definition of the most basic terms and procedures that could lead to an agreement of a broader number of countries. The European Commission is not bound to any results of the survey so it remains to be seen how it will proceed. The ECEC has offered its full support for any further procedures towards CTP for Engineers.

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Infringement Procedures against national professional regulation for Engineers

On 17 November 2016 the European Commission has announced to take further steps with regard to Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania and Spain on the grounds that their national rules include excessive and unjustified obstacles to the provision of services across the internal market. Among the attacked regulations are the German minimum and maximum tariffs for architects and engineers (HOAI), seat requirements for architects and engineers in Austria and shareholding requirements for engineering professions in Cyprus.

ECEC General Assembly in Budapest

On Saturday, 15th of October, the 13th General Assembly Meeting of the European Council of Engineers‘ Chambers took place at the Hilton Hotel in Budapest, Hungary, hosted by the President of the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers, DI Etelka Barsi-Pataky. Numerous international engineering organizations were represented: Marwan Abdelhamid (WFEO Past President), Adil Al-Hadithi (FAE Secretary General) Nicola Monda (EAMC Secretary General) and Alfonso Gonzalez (WCCE President). Eng. Fernando de Almeida Santos (Vice-President Ordem dos Engenheiros Portugal) and Igor Meshcherin (President NCE Russia) participated as observers interested in ECEC membership.

Two organizations that have applied for (associated) membership before the 13th ECEC GAM were approved by the General Assembly at this event. The Croatian Chamber of Electrical Engineers (HKIE) will join the ECEC as associated member and the Union Profesional de Colegios de Ingenieros (UPCI) from Spain will replace the current Spanish member as a full member from next year on.

A main topic at this event was the project of Common Training Principles for Engineers, conducted by the ECEC on behalf of the European Commission. Project director and ECEC Secretary General, Klaus Thürriedl presented the developments of the project and invited all delegations again to bring in the countries‘ individual opinions and experiences.

ECEC Medal Award to Orešković

During  the 13th ECEC General Assembly in Budapest, the ECEC medal for extraordinary achievements in regard to the values of ECEC was awarded for the third time. On  15th of October 2016, the ECEC Medal Award of Honour was presented to ECEC Past President Dr. Mirko Orešković.

The decision of the ECEC Board members was based on the fact that Mirko Orešković is and has always been very active in various engineering organisations in Croatia and in Europe where he invested great efforts for better social recognition of the professional position and the value of engineering activities. He was one of the strong supporters of the idea of establishing the European Engineers Chamber, which was finally realised through the establishment of the ECEC.

In his award speech he looked back at the development of ECEC and concluded that the “ECEC is today a EU partner in the field of investigating best ways for the development of conditions for improving economic, cultural and professional results in Europe based on a society of knowledge”. Furthermore, Dr. Orešković talked about current developments and reminded everyone of ECEC’s duty to proceed with its efforts in regard to fighting for a framework that does not value engineering services on price only but on quality and costs: “There is lots of work to be done in developing proper and efficient tools for providing such a competition which will lead to the best results for the Client, Society and Engineer”. At the same time, he stresses the importance of fair cooperation between international and national companies.

Finally, he emphasized that it is the duty not only of ECEC, but also of the national chambers and all engineers around Europe to relay on themselves in striving for better evaluation of engineering services, for more fairness in competition and for more appreciation of others’ contributions. Please find his full speech here.