ENEP attends debate hosted by European Engineering Federation and VDI Germany on mutual recognition of qualifications with DG Internal Market
At their joint evening debate ‘More Mobility for Engineers – A Contribution to Innovation and Growth in Europe’ on 19 March in Brussels, the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI), discussed how mobility barriers for qualified personnel in Europe can be reduced and how this could benefit technological innovation and growth. Claire Bury, Director of the Directorate E – Services, DG Internal Market and Services, gave a keynote speech outlining the features of the new European Professional Card, a tool being developed to facilitate the free movement of persons within the EU internal market. Following Ms Bury’s address, a panel made up of engineering organisations, policy decision makers and representatives from industry discussed obstacles and opportunities connected to the enhancement of the mobility of qualified personnel. Monica Wertheim, representative of energy company E.ON, highlighted the value of the engineerING card for employers with regard to increasing the transparency and speed of recruitment processes, but stressed the importance of increasing the element of connecting people and enhancing the visibility of professionals through client-focused, demand-driven initiatives such as LinkedIn as the recruitment industry has transformed in the last 10 years. A number of FEANI members called for new initiatives and the approach to sustainable development and environmental skills was seen as an important link in this respect. ENEP will meet FEANI and VDI in the next few weeks to brainstorm potential follow-up opportunities.