It is always important to appreciate all those people, who have invested a countless amount of time, energy and enthusiasm to contribute to topics that connect engineers all over Europe.
In regard to current European developments – for example in view to professional deregulation – the existence of a strong European representation of the interests of European Chartered Engineers is at higher importance than ever.
At the moment over 300.000 Chartered Engineers in 16 countries directly benefit from the successful work of ECEC. Therefore, the ECEC Executive Board decided that it is more than just and equitable to honour those persons, who made, make and will make outstanding and essential contributions to build up such a strong and effective representation.
The ECEC Executive Board has decided unanimously to award the ECEC medal to the President of the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers and Former MEP, Etelka Barsi-Pataky.
Born in 1941, Mrs. Barsi-Pataky graduated in Civil Engineering from Budapest University of Technology and obtained a MA Certificate in Urban Planning Engineering.
As an effective and successful national politician and Member of the Hungarian Parliament, who has also worked in the practical field as a project engineer for 25 years, organisations all over Europe benefit from her comprehensive experience. Her supportive and active attitude towards the Liberal Profession is and has always been highly valued.
From 2004 until 2009 Mrs. Barsi-Pataky was a Member of the European Parliament, serving as a Member of the EP Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the EP Committee on Transport and Tourism. An achievement of remarkable importance is her valuable work as person in charge for the Galileo Report.
As President of the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers (since 2009) elected for a second term in 2013 and Government Commissioner for the EU Danube Strategy (during the Hungarian presidency of the EU in 2010) she is still strongly involved in engineering activities far beyond the Hungarian Border.