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Lost independence

LETTERS

In November 1992 I was proud to be a member of an ICE lecture team, led by David Green, visiting Romania to speak on the subject of civil engineering in the market economy.

One of the presentations explained the role and function of ICE. This was of particular interest to our Romanian audiences: they found it very difficult to envisage the concept of a major institution, of unchallenged integrity, responsible for regulating and promoting the engineering profession, which was not staffed by government nominated officials and whose financing was independent of government monies.

With the advent of the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) it would seem that the Communists were the ones who had got it right after all.

Perhaps we should now invite persons with the relevant experience from Romania or elsewhere in the former Communist world to advise us how the ETB should be run.

Selwyn Charles-Jones (M), Lansdowne, Newlands, Kings Sutton, Banbury, Oxon OX17 3QH

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