PROFESSIONAL ETHICS and mutual recognition headed the agenda at the European Council of Civil Engineers meeting in Dublin recently.
It was revealed there are wide discrepancies and lack of harmonisation between professional ethical codes used in the 16 ECCE member countries. Germany has several regional codes rather than a single national code, for instance. Japanese codes have become increasingly stringent following the Kobe earthquake. By contrast codes used in Greece are nearly 20 years old. Such wide variation acts as a barrier to engineers working outside their own country.
Disparity between qualifications is a further hurdle. ECCE president Antonio Adao da Fonseca of Portugal is pushing for better integration between member countries and a higher profile role for the council.
There was also discussion on how poorer ECCE members could meet increasingly tough pollution legislation, demands for responsible waste disposal and the cleaning up of water courses.
The next ECCE meeting will be in Cyprus. More details from Diana Maxwell, (0171) 222 7722.