More Mobility for Engineers
VDI-FEANI EVENING DEBATE
19 March 2014: 17.00 hrs to 20.45 hrs
With the increasing globalization and the further integration of the EU internal market, the demand for mobile qualiﬁed personnel is increasing rapidly. This is particularly the case for engineers who are key contributors to innovation and economic growth. Large corporations and SMEs are operating across borders and engineering service providers are more and more involved in international projects. These factors – together with the imbalances in the availabi¬lity of engineering skills across Europe – amplify the demand for engineers who can be deployed across EU member states.
With the recent amendment of the Professional Qua-liﬁcations Directive (2013/55/EU), the EU has taken a signiﬁcant step towards the reduction of mobility barriers. Nonetheless, more needs to be done to effectively facilitate the cross-border mobility of regulated professions while improving the functioning of the internal market.
VDI – The Association of German Engineers together with FEANI – The European Federation of Professio¬nal Engineers, invites you to discuss how the mobility of qualiﬁed personnel can be enhanced and how this will foster growth and innovation in Europe. The event offers an interchange of ideas on the topic between policy decision makers and representatives from industry, public administration and engineering organizations. For engineers and the companies they work for, the introduction of the engineering card, a professional card which facilitates the recognition of qualiﬁcations substantially, will play a major role.
17.00 hrs Registration
17.30 hrs Opening address
Prof. Dr.-Ing Udo Ungeheuer, President, VDI
17.45 hrs Keynote address :
Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services
18.15 hrs Panel discussion :
Ralph Appel, Executive Director,
VDI Rafael Aller, President, FEANI
Konstantinos Tomaras, European Commission, DG Internal Market, Deputy Head of Unit E4 Free movement of professionals
Bernadette Vergnaud, European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Monica Wertheim, E. ON SE
Moderator: Dirk Bochar, Secretary General, FEANI
19.45 hrs Get-together
VDI – The Association of German Engineers FEANI – The European Federation of professional engineers
Hotel SOFITEL, Brussels – Place Jourdan, 1 19 March 2014: 5.00 p.m. to 8.45 p.m.