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European Recognition

Professional engineers and engineering technicians who are registered with the Engineering Council can be recognised across the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) under Directive 2005/36: Recognition of Professional Qualifications (as amended by Directive 2013/55).

The amending Directive 2013/55 was adopted by the European Parliament and Council on 20 November 2013. The consolidated version of the Directive is the key reference document.

The Engineering Council is the United Kingdom National Member of the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI). The Engineering Council can submit accredited engineering education programmes to the  European Engineering Education Database (EEED, previously the FEANI INDEX) and receive applications from individuals seeking European Engineer registration.

The Engineering Council is an authorised agency of the European Network for the Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE) , which confirms that our accreditation standards are aligned to the EUR-ACE® Framework. Engineering Council accredited programmes are eligible for award of the EUR-ACE® label, which is increasingly recognised within and beyond Europe.

Directive on recognition of Professional Titles

This European Directive requires Member States to recognise the equivalence of professional qualifications gained in other states

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Working in the UK

Under Directive 2005/36, EU and EEA citizens recognised as an engineer or technician in their home state may apply to a UK professional engineering institutions for membership and registration with the Engineering Council

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Working in the European Union

UK citizens who are registered with the Engineering Council are entitled to work and be recognised as a professional engineer or technician in another EU or EEA Member State

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The European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI) brings together representative bodies from over 30 European countries. The Engineering Council is the British national member of FEANI

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Engineering Card

The Engineering Card was launched by FEANI to promote mobility of professional engineers through a portable document validating their professional qualifications

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The Bologna Declaration

The Bologna Declaration was initially signed by the Higher Education Ministers of 29 European countries in June 1999

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