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ECEC Newsletter October 2017

3rd European Engineers Day in Vienna on 5 October 2017

For the third time the “European Engineers’ Day” was co-organised by the European Council of Engineering Chambers (ECEC), the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI) and the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE) together with the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE). This time it took place on 5 October 2017 in Vienna and led to a high-level discussion about possible ways and potential obstacles to securing the availability of excellent engineering solutions in Europe as overcoming the challenges of today’s societal developments will, to a considerable degree, depend on the availability of engineering excellence. As EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc stated in her video message: “There is indeed a need for engineering excellence in Europe, as transport clearly shows. For building transport infrastructure, nothing less than engineering excellence is sufficient.”
More information, presentations and photos

CEPLIS EP Breakfast in Brussels on 5 September 2017

A breakfast was hosted by CEPLIS on 5 September 2017 in the European Parliament on the topic of“Proportionality Test and other issues of the Services Package regarding the Liberal Professions”.  In addition to the participating Member of the EP Andreas Schwab, Othmar Karas, Maria Grapini, Michael Theurer, Reinhard Butikofer and Kay Swinburne, about 70 participants from professional organisations EU-wide were present. Andreas Schwab, IMCO coordinator (EPP) and Rapporteur on the proposal for a Directive on a Proportionality test stressed that professional regulation is not a key issue for cross-border service delivery and that the Directive on Proportionality needs to be proportionate itself, and allow Member States some margin of discretion. Klaus Thürriedl represented the ECEC and raised the question if – regarding the political developments – the EU still needs/wants independent engineering services in the future. For more details please see CEPLIS Telegram 2017/15.

ECEC Founding as AISBL

On 14th of July, the ECEC Executive Board went to Eupen (BE), to sign the notary’s act for the founding of the ECEC as AISBL (association internationale sans but lucratif – international non-profit association according to Belgian law). The General Assembly Meeting in Budapest on 15 October 2016 had unanimously authorized the Executive Board to go forward with all necessary steps to found an ECEC AISBL.  Apart from a number of formal aspects and requirements based on the Belgian law nothing is going to change. The remain unchanged in substance. Further details will be discussed at the GAM in Skopje on 21 October 2017.

EP Workshop on Professional Regulation

On 11 July 2017 the MEP Nicola Danti, rapporteur for the “EC reform recommendations for regulation in professional services” (part of the EC services package) has organised and chaired a workshop on reforming professional services. Speaker Rudolf Kolbe, CEPLIS President and representative of ECEC in CEPLIS stressed that while aiming at proportionate and smart regulation it must remain possible to protect public interest objectives based on the special role of liberal professions - such as chartered engineers - in regard to public trust and responsibility, safety and consumer protection. More information / presentation

58th and 59th ECEC Executive Board Meetings

On 10 June 2017 the ECEC Executive Board took place in Nicosia: The ECEC proposals for amendments of the legislative proposals of the EC services package (proportionality test, notification, services e-card) were finalized (and sent to the competent European Parliament rapporteurs on 13 June 2017.) Further preparations for the  3rd European Engineers Day were agreed and details of the founding of the ECEC as AISBL were fixed (founding  on 14th of July Belgium).  On 2 September 2017 the Executive Board met again in Ljubljana for final preparations for the ECEC General Assembly Meeting in Skopje on 20 October 2017.

News from the member organisations

Slovak Chamber of Civil Engineers

On 18th of May, the Slovak Chamber of Engineers celebrated its 25th anniversary of re- establishment. For this occasion, the SKSI organized an Engineering Day under the topic Quality of Construction Works. ECEC EB members were represented at the even and SG Klaus Thürriedl received a Honorary Membership.

Technical Chamber of Cyprus

ECEC Auditor Stelios Achniotis was re-elected as ETEK President for the third time. The ECEC congratulates him and looks forward to further successful cooperation.

Polish Chamber of Civil Engineers

On 23rd of June, the ECEC was presented in the annual Meeting of the Polish Chamber of Civil Engineers by Klaus Thürriedl who held a speech on professional de-regulation in the EU.

EU News

EC Services Package – The Danti report

MEP Nicola Danti,  rapporteur for the “EC reform recommendations for regulation in professional services” has – after his workshop on reforming professional services on 11 July – presented a draft own-initiative report that introduced a motion for a European Parliament Resolution including many very important aspects for the professions: Among other things it stresses the fundamental role of professions in the EU economy and the importance of the quality of professional services and the importance to preserve the European economic, social and cultural model. It also stresses the importance that the analysis of the impact of the regulations in Member States should be subject not only to quantitative but also to qualitative assessment encompassing the general interest objectives and the quality of the services. The  submitted amendments to the report are discussed in the IMCO Committee (11 October)

EB Information on procedure and texts: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?lang=&reference=2017/2073(INI)

EC Services Package – The proportionality test

On Council level a General Approach was adopted in May 2017. Regarding the ECEC position this text shows improvements compared to the original commission proposal. The draft report of EP rapporteur Schwab is cleary more acceptable in regard to the ECEC position and includes a clarification that member states have a margin of discretion in regard to national professional regulation and therefore also in the interpretation of public interest. The report also gives support to the Chamber system in regard to the question if the existence is “proportionate”. The  submitted amendments to the report are discussed in the IMCO Committee (11 October)

EP Information on procedure and texts

Council General Appraoch

EC Services Package – The services e-card

The legislative proposals about the services e-card led to a lot of misunderstandings and also to a lot of opposition. So the further procedure in this matter is still quite open. The Council Presidency presented a non-paper on the main aspects of the e-card propsal that still has to be examinded and the EP rapporteurs’ draft reports are expected for November 2017. EP Information on procedure and texts:

Upcoming Events


On 21st of October the ECEC GAM will take Place in Skopje, FYR of Macedonia. The Macedonian Chamber of certified architects and engineers is kindly hosting this years´ General Assembly Meeting at the Marriott Hotel in the City center of Skopje. Friday, 20 October 2017:
16.00 – 19.00 – ECEC Executive Board Meeting Saturday, 21 October 2016:
10.00 – 16.00 – 14th ECEC General Assembly Meeting 20.00: Official GAM Dinner / Award of ECEC medal Location: Marriott Hotel, Plostad Makedonija 7, 1000 Skopje, FYROM www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/skpmc-skopje-marriott-hotel/

EC Single Market Forum on 9 November 2017 in Brussels Professional services: How does regulation matter?

This EC conference will focus on the lessons learned from the mutual evaluation of regulated professions (2014-2016). It will also examine the objectives of, and recent findings resulting from, the Services Package adopted in January 2017. International experts and academic researchers will present their latest findings, including new analysis on the effect of regulation on the quality of services, followed by reports on recent regulatory developments and on-going reforms taking place in selected EU countries. Conference registration is open until 30 October 2017.
The conference will also be webstreamed.
Further information:  http://ec.europa.eu/growth/content/professional-services-how-does-regulation-matter_en