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SONY DSCEuropean Union policymakers have been urged to support European engineers in addressing a range of critical issues. These include raising public awareness of the profession and the need for “unprecedented” levels of public funding.

Glavni europski inženjerski savezi napravio žalbu na Dan konferencija europskih inženera u Bruxellesu u četvrtak (20 studeni).

To je prvi put da su savezi su došli zajedno kako bi takve žalbe.

Jedna od glavnih tema za ovaj događaj - sudjelovalo 150 sudionika iz industrije, akademske i profesionalne organizacije - usmjeren na to kako je politika EU može pomoći u struku kako bi se zadovoljile očekivanja društva.

But the alliance, representing millions of engineers throughout Europe, also highlighted other “critical” issues, including a serious engineering skills shortages in many European countries, including in Germany which has a reported shortfall of 60,000 engineers.

Velika Britanija se suočava manjak od više od 81,000 osoba s inženjerskih vještina u radnoj snazi.

Događaj je čuo da nedostatak pojačava hitnu potrebu za nadahnućem većeg broja mladih ljudi za započinjanje karijere u toj profesiji.

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Konferencija Jednodnevni, prvi put toliko inženjering savezi su se upoznali u isto vrijeme, također se obratio druga aktualna pitanja, uključujući i priznavanje engineers' stručne kvalifikacije i više EU širom mobilnost unutar same struke.

Unatoč povećanoj mobilnosti radne snage, rečeno je da neki inženjeri nisu voljni napustiti vlastitu zemlju i raditi u drugoj.

Dane Flemming Pedersen, who heads the European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA), reminded the packed audience that engineers design and operate large projects and “make society a better place to live”.

He added: “Therefore, in a globalized world, internationalization and cross-border recognition of engineering qualifications are important and vital to forge a better future for society.  The importance of quality assessment of their initial and continuing education needs to be recognised.”

His comments were endorsed by Greek-based engineering consultant Vassilis Economopoulos, who spoke passionately about the “internationalization” of engineering, adding:”International mobility is now a normal part of an engineer’s career and the profession has developed tools to facilitate this.”

Rasprava je rekao da nova pravila EU-a o međusobnom priznavanju kvalifikacija je uvedena kako bi se to prevlada.

Jose Manuel Vieira, predsjednik Europske federacije nacionalnih tehničkih udruga, podržali nadu da direktiva EU će poboljšati stvari.

He also addressed the profession´s “vocational problem”, adding, “The simple fact of the matter is that, increasingly, young people do not see engineering as a career option.There is across Europe a lack of engineers and this is something we need to address.”

Bilo je i poziva države članice za brzo primjenu novog Pravilnika javne nabave u EU, dio paketa mjera koje će reforme nabava u javnom sektoru u cijeloj EU, a koji se moraju provoditi u zemljama članicama koje 17 travnja 2016.

Martin Frohn, from the European Commission’s Market Directorate, told the debate that the aim of the new EU legislation was to “simplify” procurement procedures and Pedersen “challenged” member states to implement the directive into national law as “quickly as possible”.

Due to the “high complexity” of engineering services and their technologies,it can be difficult for procuring authorities to compare the content of offers, which the alliance says can lead to decisions based on the lowest price only.

To je, kako se čulo na konferenciji, moglo biti u suprotnosti s interesima i namjerama potrošača i dovesti do nedostatka kvalitete kao i neispunjenih očekivanja u dizajnu i pretjeranih nepredviđenih troškova.

The conference was told that everyone is “surrounded” by engineering products and engineers design and operate large projects that “make society a better place to live.

But meeting many of today’s challenges and environmental changes requires “unprecedented” levels of public funding and other speakers, including Austrian  chartered engineer Klaus Thurriedl, from the European Council of Civil Engineers, called for greater investment and resources from policymakers at both at EU and national level in order to help engineers innovate in the future.

He said the EU and policymakers had an important role to play in supporting the profession, adding: “The success of the European economy will depend upon our ability to unlock the potential of the SME-sector and our endeavours to support engineering entrepreneurship in our countries.”

Sljedeća ključna poruka koja je proizašla iz događaja bila je potreba za podizanjem opće svijesti o struci, ne samo za rješavanje problema opadajućeg broja mladih ljudi koji ulaze u inženjerstvo.

Taking part in a roundtable debate which brought the conference to a close, Ulrika Lindstrand, from Sweden, said it was “vitally important” to raise “public knowledge and appreciation” of engineers as well as their education, professional concerns and “capacity to solve the arising problems in a changing world”.

She said: “You get the feeling that we engineers have become almost invisible in society.  The public do not seem aware of the good work the profession does.”

She added: “Public understanding of the engineering profession and its underlying science are important to support the calls for funding, as well as to enhance the prospect for successful adoption of innovative technical solutions.”

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