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Of MICE and man

Letters

Re Greece under fire for failing to recognise MICE status (NCE 30 September).

I have been a full member of TEE (Technical Chamber of Greece), since Nov 1995.

In 1997, I settled in the UK and since then have worked in the rail industry.

The term EUD (European Union Diplomate) is used by the ICE to identify licensed civil engineers of other EU member states who seek MICE accreditation. Although you are a fully licensed civil engineer in another EU country, becoming chartered in the UK requires the following:

Working for a firm that offers ICE training schemes.

Personal effort and time as well as the firm's assistance.

Four chartered sponsors of at least three years standing who are willing to support the applicant and who have known him/her for a number of years.

The applicant will have to compromise with nonchartered/trainee status for the number of years that the UK training lasts, which is also reflected in the salary and designation.

I sympathise with Mr Michalatos for the way he is being treated as I found myself in a similar situation in the UK.

From personal experience and talks with other EU Diplomats, I am convinced that a lot of applicants are not satisfied with the current procedure, and have problems with training firms.

Unfortunately, those grievances never come to light, and even fewer go as far as an employment tribunal, for fear of bad references and because of lack of financial resources.

The present system of professional recognition by the ICE lacks clarity, depends on favouritism and relies on outdated procedures.

Ares Zaimes tritwn@hotmail. com

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