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ECEC Newsletter May 2016

Common Training Principles for Engineers

The European Commission (Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry; Entrepreneurship and SMEs) has contracted the ECEC to develop proposals for Common Training Principles for Engineers covering all EEA countries. Duration of the Project is six months starting with April 2016.

The ECEC tender which was submitted to the European Commission in November 2015 was supported by ECCE (European Council of Civil Engineers), EFCA (European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Organisations), CLGE (European Council of Geodetic Surveyors) and CEPLIS (European Council of Liberal Professions) as partner organisations. In April 2016 a cooperation agreement was made with FEANI (European Federation of National Engineering Associations) as well. This broad cooperation of stakeholders gives the project a broad common basis.

The objective of the project is to allow actors in the field of professional qualifications (e.g. professional organisations and / or competent authorities from members States for given professions) to present proposals for Common Training Principles for the engineering profession in view of having those further developed into a Common Training Framework or a Common Training Test.

The proposals will be developed on the basis of a mapping done in the Member States as well as after broad consultation with relevant stakeholders. The focus will be on the five professional groups of Civil and Environmental Engineers, Mechanical and Industrial Engineers, Electrotechnology Engineers, Mining Engineers and Geodetic Surveyors.

For further information and regular project updates please see here: ECEC Website

AVISO - Please note the following dates:

  • 30 June 2016 in ViennaStakeholder Workshop: Discussion of approaches for Common Training Principles for Engineer based on the outcomes of the surveys
  • 27 September in Vienna – Stakeholder Conference: Presentation of proposals for Common Training Principles for Engineers

Interview with President Remec in Spanish Ingeniería Industrial magazine

In February, the Spanish magazine ‘Ingeniería Industrial’ published by the Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Industriales de Andalucía published an article on the European Council of Engineers Chambers. President Remec presented the European Council of Engineers Chambers and its approaches to the current challenges of the engineering profession in Europe and worldwide.

He pointed out the danger of price dumping in difficult economic environments and explained the efforts, the ECEC has put und still puts in promoting fair procurement procedures based on quality instead of price only. In the interview, Remec emphasized the importance of joining forces with other professions against the de-regulation efforts of the European Commission, as this is a threat to professional quality and therefore to quality and safety of infrastructure.

‘Ingeniería Industrial’ is published every four months and gets distributed in more than 3.000 Spanish engineering institutions, 2.000 businesses, 300 official bodies, 90 professional associations and 34 universities. The digital version has more than 10.000 readers per month (www.revistaingenieriaindustrial.com)

New member of the ECEC Executive Board

On January 2016, the first meeting of the new Executive Board took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. President Remec welcomed the newly elected Vice-President Zygmunt Meyer (CV), who succeeds Hans-Ullrich Kammeyer as Vice President in the ECEC Executive Board.

For the details of the meeting please go to the ECEC members’ area www.ecec.net/log-in / Executive Board / 2016.

The Role of Engineers in the Reindustrialization of Europe

On 19 February 2015, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) decided to prepare an own-initiative opinion on „the Role of Engineers in the Reindustrialization of Europe“. CEPLIS President Rudi Kolbe has participated in this work as a member of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI); the final opinion was adopted by the EESC on 9 December 2015: www.eesc.europa.eu

Since September 2015 Rudi Kolbe, who also presents the ECEC in CEPLIS is a full member and representative for liberal professions in the European Economic and Social Committee.

CPD Webinar: The legal acts on digital signature in ECEC member countries and the experiences of the profession

On 28 January 2016 the third Webinar on the topic „Legal acts on digital signature in ECEC member countries and the experiences of the profession“ took place. This time, it was transferred not just from one, but from several different countries. The idea of this Webinar was to collect different European experiences with legal acts on digital signatures, therefore, five representatives of European countries gave a country-specific insight into this topic: Herbert Döller forAustria, Martina Righetti for Italy, Dimce Atanasovski for Macedonia, Biljana Scepanovic for Montenegro and Dragoslav Sumarac for Serbia.

The Serbian Chamber recorded the lectures and kindly provides them under the following link: Video

Reforming regulation of professions: results of mutual evaluation and way forward

On 18 May 2016, the European Commission’s Single Market Forum “Reforming regulation of professions: results of the mutual evaluation and way forward” will take place in Brussels. The focus of the event will be on the work EU countries have done in the last two years to review their national regulation and on their proposals in terms of regulatory reform.  All stakeholders, including national authorities and professional organisations will have the opportunity to discuss their national action plans which the member states were required to develop in the framework of the transparency initiative of the Professional Qualifications directive as well as further follow-up measures. Details on the event: https://smf-reformingregulation.teamwork.fr/en/programme

The ECEC will be represented by several members of the ECEC Executive Board, among them President and Secretary General.

ECEC Working Group Tariffs

On 22 February 2016, the Working Group on Tariffs met at the Austrian Federal Chamber of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants in Vienna. With the aim to approach Single Market Commissioner Bienkowska a new ECEC paper will be drafted. It shall comprise elements of the already existing ECEC argumentations and shall focus on security and consumer protection (and the basic requirements in order to guarantee them) and on the social costs of insufficient quality. At the same time it shall give a short overview about the differences and common basics in existing and functioning European professional engineering systems. Nevertheless it was decided to postpone the work in order to focus all resources on the implementation on the Contract with the European Commission on Common Training Principles for Engineers priority which is the main priority or work at the moment. Additionally the results of the CTP survey might help to support and better define the argumentation of the ECEC.

ECEC Website Update

In order to distribute information more efficiently and increase transparency of the ECEC Working Groups, a new area within the member’s area at the ECEC Website has been set up. Please log in with your ECEC account and find all important dates, documents, etc. online here: www.ecec.net/members/working-groups/ .

Single Market Strategy

From left to right: Thürriedl, König (BMWI Germany), Remec, Giesemann (Office MEP Schwab), Noebel

On 27 January 2016, President Remec, Secretary-General Thürriedl and Treasurer Noebel participated in the hearing "Single Market Strategy: How to boost the growth engine" organised by the EPP Group at the European Parliament in Brussels. The European Commission presented its Single Market Strategy in October 2015. The EPP Group then stated that it expects the strategy to revive the Single Market: in the EU, economic growth was just 1.4% last year, while unemployment for the last three years has been higher than 10%. An investment gap of €400 billion compared to levels before the crisis is being reported.

On 21 April 2016 the European Parliament's Internal Market Committee adopted the report prepared by Rapporteur Lara Comi. Enforcing mobility among entrepreneurs as well as the abolishment of unjustified barriers to the Single Market are once more stressed as main priorities.

Upcoming events:

  • 18 May 2016: EC Single Market Forum “Reforming regulation of professions: results of the mutual evaluation and way forward”, Brussels, Belgium
  • 19 May 2016: Partner meeting Common Training Principles for Engineers, Brussels, Belgium
  • 19 May 2016: 52nd Executive Board meeting, Brussels, Belgium
  • 30 June 2016: Workshop Common Training Principles for Engineers, Vienna, Austria
  • 27 August 2016: 53rd Executive Board meeting, Vienna, Austria
  • 20 September 2016: Conference Common Training Principles for Engineers, Vienna, Austria
  • 14 October 2016: 54th Executive Board meeting, Budapest, Hungary
  • 15 October 2016: 13th General Assembly meeting, Budapest, Hungary