On November 23, 2004, the then 7 member countries of « Geometer Europas » decided to sign a multilateral accord. They were later joined by 8 other countries, making it a total of 15 CLGE members which are signatories today.
The signatory associations aim for high qualifications for the admission to the profession of European Surveyor and agree on a procedural modus for ensuring unimpeded migration of members of the profession.
Regulations relating to enter the profession vary from one country to another; however they are very similar and are in terms of their nature essentially of the same kind. Obtaining the necessary qualification involves, apart from an academic course of study for surveyors (preferably Bac + 5U), the following general fields of study:
- Administrative law
- Land law
- Building and planning law.
University education provides a widely available and comparatively equivalent defined knowledge base. Hence it has not been problematic to-date to perform straightforward surveying techniques in a cross-border context (for a non-commissioned surveyor or a surveying technician). This happens very often.
On the other hand, the training required for public tasks relates to practice and legal issues arising in the particular national legal system. Therefore it is very difficult to exercise the public functions of a commissioned surveyor on a cross-border basis. The regulatory situation on the one hand and the de facto impossibility of mastering two legal systems in sufficient professional depth on the other hand have precluded this to-date, not to speak about other formal obstacles.
Nonetheless, the situation in the sector is in a constant state of evolution, the legal systems are being investigated mutually and knowledge is disseminated transnationally across borders, not the least by international associations such as CLGE. In addition, the EU is moving slowly in the direction of a harmonization of laws, which also presupposes mutual understanding as a prerequisite.
As this is of major importance economically, the initiative of the signatory associations also aims to make professional knowledge more transparent in a legal and technical context and to draw up common European positions in this field. The larger the amount of common European knowledge grows, the sooner universities and training institutions will be able to take it into account. This makes it easier for those entering the profession to benefit from the possibility of working in a European country of their choice, with all well-known associated economic advantages. This likewise serves to achieve a gradual harmonization of systems, which will be to the benefit of the European population.
The signatory associations aim for high admission qualifications to the profession of European Publicly Appointed Surveyor and agree on a procedural modus to ensure unimpeded migration of members of the profession: Training as a Graduated Engineer (Bac + 5U) in Surveying or Master is recognized automatically as an educational foundation. In addition, each candidate should acquire necessary country-specific extra qualifications in the area of Administrative law, Land law and Building and planning law. The qualifications for entrance requirements shall then be based on a common, general platform:
Diploma-engineer / European Master (BAC + 5U) +2R/P + E
BAC + 5U: Baccalaureat (secondary school) + 5-years of studies at a university / technical university
P: On-the-job training in law and work practice in the respective country after university studies
R: compulsory monitored experience prior to the state examination (two years)
E: Final Examination