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MICE trap


After reading of George Michalatos' problems (NCE 9 September), it would be timely to remind readers that Greece is not the only European Union (EU) member state, which does not recognise MICE status.

In Hungary there is Government Decree No.

158/1997 (IX. 26. ); in Romania there is law 10/1995 regarding quality control in construction.

Practically, it is impossible for a foreigner to become certified for site supervision in either of these countries, due to the need to study local laws and take a test in the local language.

Further, I am told that only certified people can make entries into the site diary, which is the legal way of giving site instructions. Thus a foreigner acting as the Engineer under FIDIC is in conflict with the local laws.

However, supervision or design tenders issued by the EC require, implicitly or explicitly, for staff to be certified under the relevant law. Thus, these laws act as a barrier to trade and are against the European Commission's regulations regarding competition and equivalence of qualifications.

I would like to hear from anyone who has detailed knowledge of similar restrictive regulations in EU member states or those included in the various EC grant programmes, such as ISPA, CARDS, or TACIS.

Peter M. Elliott (M), Olteanu@aol. com

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