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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.

Les principals federacions d'enginyeria europees van fer la crida a a Conferència del Dia Europeu dels Enginyers a Brussel·les el dijous (20 de novembre).

És la primera vegada que les federacions s'ajunten per fer aquesta crida.

Un dels principals temes de l'esdeveniment, al qual van assistir 150 participants de la indústria, el món acadèmic i les organitzacions professionals, es va centrar en com les polítiques de la UE poden ajudar la professió a satisfer les expectatives de la societat.

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.

El Regne Unit s'enfronta a un dèficit de més de 81,000 persones amb habilitats en enginyeria a la mà d'obra.

A l'acte es va escoltar que l'escassetat reforça la necessitat urgent d'inspirar més joves perquè s'ocupin de la professió.

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La conferència d'un dia, la primera vegada que tantes federacions d'enginyeria s'havien reunit al mateix temps, també va abordar altres qüestions d'actualitat, com ara el reconeixement de les qualificacions professionals dels enginyers i una major mobilitat a tota la UE dins de la pròpia professió.

Malgrat l'augment de la mobilitat laboral, es va dir que alguns enginyers no estan disposats a abandonar el seu propi país per treballar en un altre.

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.”

A la discussió es va dir que s'havien introduït noves normes de la UE sobre reconeixement mutu de qualificacions per ajudar a superar-ho.

Jose Manuel Vieira, president de la Federació Europea d'Associacions Nacionals d'Enginyeria, va avalar les esperances que la directiva de la UE millori les coses.

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.”

També es va demanar als estats membres una ràpida implementació de la nova Directiva de contractació pública de la UE, part d'un paquet de mesures que reformaran la contractació del sector públic a tota la UE i que s'ha d'implementar als estats membres per 17 abril 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.

Això, segons va escoltar la conferència, podria ser contrari als interessos i intencions dels consumidors i comportar una manca de qualitat, així com expectatives no complides en el disseny i costos imprevistos exagerats.

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.”

Un altre missatge clau que va sorgir de l'acte va ser la necessitat de donar a conèixer la professió, sobretot per abordar el problema de la disminució del nombre de joves que s'incorporen a l'enginyeria.

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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