In the year 1985 the Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Spain and the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK together with the Greek Chamber of Engineers and the Ordem dos Engenheiros de Portugal created the European Council of Civil Engineers, (ECCE) being the first president Sir John Derrington, UK and the Colegio in charge of the secretariat. The following president was professor José Medem, Spain and the ICE took over the secretariat.
After 20 years of existence ECCE has developed considerably and has now 22 member organisations 18 of which are EU member countries.
It should be highlighted that despite the existence of several engineering organisations in Europe such as FEANI, CLAIU, EFCA, SEFI etc, the creation and performance of ECCE has never created conflicts with the aforementioned institutions, on the contrary it has complemented and strengthened ECCE’s activities.
ECCE is well connected within the European Union and maintains close relations with other national, regional and international organisations related to civil engineering, with some of which ECCE has established bilateral cooperation agreements.
The creation of WCCE
The idea of creating an organization at world level exclusively dealing with civil engineering issues was born from an initiative by the Spanish Delegation and proposed to and accepted by the general assembly of ECCE in Athens in autumn 2002. The acronym WCCE (World Council of Civil Engineers) was chosen, following the idea of ECCE.
A working group was set up, chaired by José Medem and composed of members from the UK, Portugal, Germany, Greece and Ireland. A document on the creation of WCCE was produced as well as a set of draft statutes. Furthermore the Colegio undertook to financially sponsor all administrative costs during the initial start up period of WCCE until the formal foundation.
On the 13th November 2005, during a meeting organized by ECCE in Istanbul, the organisations present -12 ECCE members and 3 organisations from the Americas- agreed to the creation of WCCE . (Minutes)
Four Working Groups were created( budget, members, communication and statutes). The findings of these 4 working groups together with the conclusions from the Coordination Committee, the previous working group under ECCE also chaired by José Medem, would finalize the foundational documents that were sent to all the civil engineering organisations, both those that participated in Istanbul and those that may have interest in participating, prior to the formal foundation of the World Council of Civil Engineers in Mexico on July 22nd 2006.
Formal foundation of WCCE
The first meeting of WCCE, after the creation in Istanbul on 13th November 2005, was celebrated in México City on 15th July 2006, coinciding with the celebration of the World Congress of Urban Development, organized by the Federación de Colegios de Ingenieros Civiles de la República Mexicana (FECIC), one of the founding members of WCCE.
To that event, apart from the 15 organizations present in Istanbul, all national, regional and international civil engineering organisations who wish to join as a member were invited to be present.
During the meeting, attended by the founding members, the statutes were revised and some changes introduced, budget and member fees were discussed, the election of the president and the executive committee took place well as the designation of the Executive Director. (Minutes) (Press release)
1985 Agreement in Madrid between Spanish Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos and British Institution of Civil Engineers to creat ECCE, ahead of its time in European integration, It started with 4 founding members and right now it has 22
Sept. 2002 Proposal by Spanish delegation of ECCE in Athens to create a WCCE, with the support of ECCE.
Sept. 2003 – Nov. 2005 Working Committee chaired by Spain, with members from Portugal, Germany, UK; Greece and Ireland preparing the draft documents for WCCE
13 Nov. 2005 Creation of WCCE in Istanbul with presence of 13 Civil Engineering Organisations, 10 from Europe and 3 from America.
15 July 2006 Foundation Ceremony of WCCE in Mexico, organised by FECIC.
26 May 2007 2nd General Assembly held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, organized by ZIE.
4 December 2008 3rd General Assembly held in Brassilia, Brazil, organized by CONFEA.
22 June 2009 First International Activity organized by WCCE, I Earthquake & Tsunami International Conference on held in Istanbul, Turkey, organized by TCCE.
26 June 2009 4th General Assembly held in Istanbul, Turkey, organized by TCCE.
26 June 2009 5th General Assembly held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, organized by CPIC.
July 2009 18 National Members, 2 International Members, 100 Individual members