65th General Assembly of the European Council of Civil Engineers
On June 1 and 2 the 65th General Assembly of the European Council of Civil Engineers was held in Antalya, Turkey, hosted by the Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers. During this Assembly, WCCE President Alfonso Gonzalez was unable to attend the ECCE meeting and was represented our Executive Board member, Professor Tügrul Tankut.
This meeting has endorsed the first activities of the new Board elected last October in Athens. This meeting was chaired on interim basis by the Polish engineer Wlodimiercz Sczymczak, due to current responsibilities assumed by President Massimo Mariani in the Italy's Government Committee for Reconstruction of the seismic episodes ocurred by the end of 2016. This meeting has also consolidated initiatives undertaken by the 2014 - 2016 Executive Board as well as new initiatives to make the profession visible naming 2018 European year of Civil Engineering, in which several anniversaries of our professional chambers will take place such as the celebration of the bicentennial of the Institution of Civil Engineers in October with WFEO's and FECIC's 50th anniversary.
The most important agreements of the meeting were as follows:
- Discussion of the draft manifesto "Towards an efficient water management in Europe"
- Agree to develop of a decision common position on the risks for European civil engineering amendments to the European Commission proposals on deregulation of the sector.
- Report on the Third European Day of Engineering in Vienna on October 5th, organized jointly with the European Council of Chambers of Engineering - ECEC and the European Federation of National Engineering Associations.
- Support for the creation of an Education Center for Seismic Protection in Tbilisi, Georgia.
- Support UNESCO-ICOMOS-WCCE joint project to develop guidelines for the protection and seismic reinforcement of the built cultural heritage.
The assembly hosted as guests representatives Mr. Nicola Monda in his dual position as member of the Executive of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations - WFEO and Secretary General of the Mediterranean Forum of Engineering - EAMC.
Homage to Kestustis Kurlis
Last but not least, during this meeting, ECCE paid tribute to the figure of our Latvian colleague Kestustis Kurlis, appointed delegate of the Latvian Society of Engineers for several years, who passed away early in the year. May he well rest in peace.