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1st European Conference

"The role and the subject of
University Graduate Engineer
in the public Sector"

DIVANI CARAVEL, 9-11 June 2005

 

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1st EUROPEAN CONGRESS
ROUND TABLE - CONCLUSIONS in 20 points



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1st   EUROPEAN   CONGRESS
 

ROUND TABLE - CONCLUSIONS in 20 points

 

            The ROUND TABLE that took place on Saturday, June 11th, along with the participation of the three-member Presiding board of the P.O. EMDYDAS, the foreigner delegations and a large crowd of colleagues, was realised with great success. In the closure, the President Mr. Thanassis Boumis summarised the Conclusions of the 1st European Congress that lasted three days, and these are the following:

1.             The congress helped decisively the unit and in-depth coherence of the Qualified Engineers of the 15 countries of the EU and Cyprus, taking into consideration the European status.

2.             The four (4) pylons of the initial planning: Tertiary Technical EDUCATION – Production of TECHNICAL WORKS – Public Administration, TECHNICAL SERVICES, the role and the work of Qualified ENGINEERS – the responsibilities of the COUNTRY, were covered by the topics discussed, the quality of the presentations and their authors.

3.             The colleagues participated massively everyday, morning and afternoon, exceeding 800 people, because the congress noted all the vital problems with Reliability, Dignity and Sensitivity.

-    It is not accidental that the two representatives of the Government, Mr. Themistoklis Xanthopoulos, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Urban Planing and Public Works and Mr. Petros Tatoulis, Deputy Minister of Culture, agreed with the views that were expressed in the Congress and characterised it HISTORICAL! !

4.             16 representatives, executives of Public Administration and Local Self-government Qualified Engineers of unified five-year circle of Studies, from the most massive Unions of England, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Sweden and Finland, participated in the Congress.

5.             The Dean of the National Technical University of Athens Mr. Andreas Andreopoulos, the President of the Technical Chamber of Greece, Mr. Yannis Alavanos, the President of TSMEDE who is also the President of the Bank of Attica, Mr. Koublis, representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Finances (Special Secretary Mr. Asimakopoulos), of the Ministry of Internal Public Administration and Decentralisation, of Political parties (PASOK Mr. Spiliopoulos, SYNASPISMOS Mrs. Xirotiri and KKE), of ENAE and KEDKE, of PEDMEDE, of SATE, of STEAT and of PEDMIEDE, of the Association of Designers and FEANI, of the Pan-Hellenic Scientific Institutions of Qualified Mechanical-Electrical Engineers, of Architects, of Rural and Surveying Engineers, of Chemical Engineers and of corresponding working Associations from the National Electrical Company (DEI) and the Greek Organisation of Railway (OSE) also participated in the Congress, as far as Greece is concerned.

6.             The Congress made a great impact, and it was decided to join all the above mentioned institutions with common objectives by locating through the documented positions-views of the presented papers the NEW ROLE of the QUALIFIED ENGINEERS, PARTICULARLY THOSE of the PUBLIC SECTOR AS WELL AS of the TECHNICAL SERVICES.

There has been the ascertainment that in our country works of Infrastructure and Development on the one hand continue and on the other Qualified Engineers constitute the Forefront not only of the Technical Services, but also of the whole Public Administration, called henceforth to play the role of the Engineer – Manager in mixed services too.

7.             Common ascertainment was the DEVELOPMENT in:

-       the NEW TECHNOLOGIES

-       the Information Society

-       Management

8.             The required qualifications and skills were determined so to be able to respond to the new requirements of the right operation in the Public Sector and Self-Government.

9.             Greece is the very last country - with great difference too - among the countries of the EU as far as staffing the Public Technical Services with Qualified Engineers is concerned. There should be immediate employment of 2.000 engineers, starting from the region and the Organisations of Local Authorities of 1st and 2nd degree. The percentage of employees that works in the government owned institutions in the other categories in our country, is found in the average of the 25 countries in the EU.

10.        In the overwhelming majority of the country-members of the EU the permanency of the Public Servants remains in force but there have been important changes that move towards the direction of elasticity in the working relations.

11.        There have also been changes in the way of operation in the government owned institutions. In almost all of them, for the sake of increase in effectiveness, aiming at the fastest and most comfortable service of the public, modern systems of Administration through Objectives ,  have been applied, in each unit that reach individuation. Based on the objectives there is a regular assessment. Furthermore and especially in the North, the Public Services are particularly conditioned by a decentralised arrangement.

12.        For the new forms of the Collaborations of Public and Private Sector (SDIT) in works and services, common conclusion was the view that these new forms should be carefully modulated, particularly in the initial applications and Pilot ones. In the production of Technical Works, new forms of Administration, staff, controlling but also anti-bureaucratic ones should be applied.

13.        The environmental dimension and protection should enter into the works.

14.        Institutional section measures of preventive policy should be taken immediately in order to face the phenomena of corruption and black market, which are not presented in countries such as those of the North in the EU.

15.        Greece is also the last country, among the countries of the EU, as far as the     wages of Qualified Engineers are concerned. This continuing levelling over the last twenty years should be stopped. The first step is the increase with the legislative regulation of the 7‰ to 550€ and the incorporation of the distinguishable benefits and the corresponding 2%, in the Basic Salary of Qualified Engineers.

- The Interministerial Sector should be immediately promoted and then the basic requirement for its operation, the Sector-based Wage scale - Grading System.

- The average in the EU of the 15 has an internal gap (initial – final salary) 1: 2 and an exterior one (Obligatory Education -YE : University Education -PE) in the beginning, also 1: 2.

- According to the suggested amount of 1.200 € by the Supreme Administration of Greek Civil Servants Trade Union (ADEDY), as initial for the ones of Obligatory Education (YE), the amounts that result from the conclusions of the Congress for the Qualified Engineer are: 2.400 € inaugural monthly salary and 4.800 € the final one.

16.        Collective Negotiations , should immediately proceed in our country, as it is so in the rest of the countries in the EU, taking into consideration the particularly positive results of countries such as Sweden in this sector.

17.        For the crises and the development, there have been productive conclusions with regard to the meritocratic criteria, their hierarchy, the gravity factors and the relative processes.

18.        In the retirement issues, beyond other things, the experience of Italy and Belgium was conveyed, where 5 years of study are added in as pensionable.

19.        Two axes dominated in the issues of Education :  

a. The redefinition of new data and the particular attention that should be given in the basic unified five-year education of Technical Universities, in combination with the production of Technical Works.

b. The direct issuing of MASTER’s diploma to the Qualified Engineers of unified five-year circle of Studies, as it has happened in other countries of the EU.

20.        20) For the Country, it was unanimously reported that the time of responsibility has come. It should immediately materialise a specific 5-year Program of Reformations, in the sector of Public Administration and specifically in the Technical Services. The process is simple: DIALOGUE with the responsible institutions, spirit of CONSENT and RIGHT decision-making.

- 20 years of LEVELLING IS ENOUGH.

·          It has been decided to publish the Proceedings of the Congress as well as the continuation - broadening of contacts with the foreigner delegations, in order to create the suitable body for the essential contacts and the organisation of the 2nd Congress, for which interest has already been expressed informally by the representatives from France, Belgium and Cyprus.

·          The Presiding board concluded the Round Table by thanking for one more time the greatest factor for the success of the 1st European Congress, who is each and every COLLEAGUE   who participated in it.

 

 

Athens,    11 June   2005

 

 

The Presiding board of P.O.  EMDYDAS

 

 

Th. Boumis                          K. Sassalos                          M. Margaritopoulos

 

 

 

President                        Secretary General                       Vice-President