PRESENCE IN OTHER ASSOCIATIONS
EFCA is an independent, non-profit professional association. It includes 29 national associations from 28 European countries and represents around 10,000 companies, with an annual turnover of more than 26 billion euros. The effect of its economic activity is equivalent to 20 times its sales volume. The European engineering and consulting industry employs around one million professionals.
The EFCA’s position papers on issues of interest for the engineering sector, together with European studies and reports conducted directly or through its associations, form a benchmark for the sector and a basis for negotiation and lobbying within the European Union. They also serve as a documented basis for action with Public Administrations at a national level. EFCA’s initiatives have led to increased recognition of the Federation among European institutions.
Furthermore, EFCA works on establishing platforms with the European construction sector, for the creation of common positions to be transferred to the Commission, with the aim of obtaining the best outcome for their proposals.
It is worth noting that, belonging to EFCA, facilitates smooth connections among European associations that represent the same interests, which favours the exchange of information, while also enabling opportunities to be created for carrying out joint activities among associations and favouring direct contacts between engineering companies from different countries. Bearing in mind that collaboration between European companies is a requirement in the Commission’s bids, this issue is vitally important and, although the usefulness of these contacts has significant potential, to date, very limited use has been made of them.
The EFCA Work Groups, on the other hand, are the basis for lobbying. In general terms, they have their parallel in the TECNIBERIA Committees and Work Groups which, insofar as possible, serve to discuss the contents of the issues and address and transfer these to EFCA. They form part of the actual representatives of the Association itself and its member companies.
In this regard, EFCA is the only representative association that promotes the engineering sector before European institutions, since: it influences European legislation with an impact on engineering practices, it promotes fair competition and transparency in procurement regulations and it is serves as a platform/network for member associations and European companies.
Accordingly, its action strategy focuses on: assisting European Institutions as a qualified expert, in supporting member associations to achieve common European objectives, communicating the main European issues concerning European engineering and the member associations and establishing partnerships and collaborations with other
Tecniberia is represented in the EFCA Management Committee by Pablo Bueno Tomás, as Vice-Chairman.
FEPAC is the Pan American Federation of Consulting Companies of the Americas, created in 1971 under the name of FELAC, a Latin American federation that became a Pan American federation in 1993.
Its current full members include the National Associations of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. TECNIBERIA is, as an extra-continental affiliated member, the only non-American national association that is a member of FEPAC.
The Association is represented in the FEPAC Executive Committee, through Luis Villarroya as Vice-Chairman and Pedro Gómez as member of the Directory.
The International Federation of Consulting Engineers represents the international interests of national Associations of engineering companies. The member companies of each Association comply with the FIDIC code of good conduct.
Founded in 1913, it currently represents 75 Associations with a total of one million professionals employed by the member companies. The members of FIDIC are normally national associations from each country. The principles that govern FIDIC are to promote quality, business integrity in accordance with a code of ethics and to promote a commitment to sustainable development.
FIDIC publishes standard Contract Forms for construction, projects and turnkey projects and the Simple Procurement Form. It also organises conferences, seminars and other global events, including the BIMILACI (Biennial Meeting of the International Lending Agencies with the Consulting Industry), which are normally held in Washington.
TECNIBERIA is the exclusive representative for the distribution of publications of standard contracts in Spanish. Full information is available on the FIDIC website about its
activities and publications.
FIDIC represents the engineering sector at a global level and enhances the image of consulting engineers. FIDIC’s activities and its products are developed through committees, work groups and FORUMS.
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