The case of George Michalatos is unique, as is his treatment by the Greek authorities, (NCE 9 September) particularly the TEE (the Greek Technical Chamber). This story is worthy of publication.
I am not a lawyer and so cannot judge the legality of the procedure. However, I am totally in agreement with Oivind Grimsmo of the ICE, when saying that the 'Greek Technical Chamber shows little flexibility'.
ECCE does not support it at all, because ECCE is starting to build up a common European platform by following the EUdirective COM (2002)119 and in connection with that, a European register of civil engineers should be established.
Even such an ECCE-register, and much less the Washington Accord, could award any national or international license to anyone. A register or common platform can only help to make it easier to work, to settle down and/or deliver services in a host member country.
The Washington Accord is not a licensing body - it is in fact a board that mutually accredits and acknowledges the respective education programmes of its respective member countries.
I would appreciate having this clarification printed.
Prof. Dr. Carsten Ahrens, vice-president, European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE), chairman of Task Force Professional Recognition, ahrens@bauing. fh-oldenburg.