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Resignation row hits EurIng register

THE SECRETARY general of the pan-European engineers' institution the Federation Europeen d'Associations Nationales d'Ingenieurs has resigned.

Secretary general Sirka Poyry resigned following disagreements with other senior FEANI executives. Negotiations between Poyry and the secretariat over the terms of her departure are ongoing.

FEANI, which works to assist mutual recognition of qualifications, professional harmonisation and promotion of the profession in its 27 member countries, has an annual turnover of £250,000. It is in charge of regulating and administering the EurIng professional title.

Director of affiliated UK body the Engineering Council International Committee Andrew Ramsay said FEANI ran into trouble when its secretariat moved from Paris to Brussels. This prompted the unexpected resignation of the serving general secretary in 1997, who wanted to remain in Paris. Poyry took over at short notice.

But Poyry said the move also created administrative problems. FEANI had been based in Paris for 46 years and found the transition to Belgian culture difficult, she said.

For example, the move from French to Belgian accounting systems had resulted in closer than normal scrutiny of FEANI's accounts, she explained. She insisted nothing untoward had been found and that accounts showed 1998 was a profitable year.

Poyry added that FEANI had not responded well to her ambitious and direct management style.

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