What is FEANI?

FEANI is a federation of professional engineers that unites national engineering associations from 34 European Higher Education Area (EHEA) countries. Thus, FEANI represents the interests of over 3,5 million professional engineers in Europe. FEANI is striving for a single voice for the engineering profession in Europe and wants to affirm and develop the professional identity of engineers. Through its activities and services, especially with the attribution of the EUR ING professional title, FEANI aims to facilitate the mutual recognition of engineering qualifications in Europe and to strengthen the position, role and responsibility of engineers in society. The General Secretariat of FEANI, managing the activities of the federation, is located in Brussels since late 1997.

FEANI was founded in 1951, a few years after the end of the second world war, by a group of French and German engineers who thought that through technology, their common field of activity, it would be possible to create links between former adversaries, and so to facilitate the prosperous and peaceful development of European society.  Association from seven European countries immediately joined this initiative. 

Today associations from 34 European countries are represented in FEANI, bringing together more than 350 national engineering associations, all of which are recognised in their countries as the representatives of the engineering profession at the national level. Through these national associations, FEANI represents the interests of approximately 3,5 million professional engineers in Europe.

FEANI is a founding member of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) and collaborates with many other organisations dealing with engineering and technology issues and engineering education.

FEANI is officially recognised by the European Commission as representing the engineering profession in Europe. The federation also has consultative status with UNESCO, UNIDO and the Council of Europe.

FEANI's objectives are:

to affirm the professional identity of the engineers of Europe

to strive for a single voice for the engineering profession of Europe, whilst acknowledging its diversity

The working languages of FEANI are English, French and German

In the years following the end of the Second World War, several international technical associations were established, among them FEANI. In June 1949, 340 engineers met for a congress held in Constance, Germany. The theme of this Congress was: "The role of the engineer in the modern society".

Among the motions which were adopted, one stated that the participants decided "jointly to pursue the task already begun by setting up an international organisation, temporarily limited to Europe, whose goal will be to strengthen the presence of engineers in every national and international movement of economic and social dimension".

This motion bore fruit and an international federation, the "Fédération Internationale d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs", was created in September 1951 in Luxembourg. Associations from seven European countries (Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy and Luxembourg) were the founders. Soon after, associations from other countries joined, and the organisation's name was changed to "Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs" (FEANI, the European Federation of National Engineering Associations) in July 1956 to reflect its European focus.