TECHNICAL CHAMBER OF GREECE

4, KARAGEORGI SERVIAS STR, 102 48 ATHENS GREECE

TEL. (01) 32 54 590-9, TLX: GR T.E.E. 218374, FAX: (01) 32 21 772


Visits from March 26, 1998

ROLE-OBJECTIVES

The Technical Chamber of Greece established in 1923, is an institution functioning under public law and supervised by the Ministry of Public Works. The Technical Chamber of Greece is by law the Technical Consultant to the State and the corporate body of all qualified engineers in Greece, its main objective is to promote, in general , the technological level in our country. For this purpose the Technical Chamber of Greece:

  • a. the technical force
  • b. the technical, scientific construction and relevant industrial activity.

The technical Chamber of Greece cooperates with Governmental , National and International Organizations and Universities, in all matters related to the engineering profession.


STRUCTURE

The Technical Chamber of Greece located in Athens and its regionally structured. The Technical Chamber of Greece consists of fourteen regional sections which have been founded taking into consideration geographic conditions , administrative division and distribution of the technical force of the country. The regional structure of the Technical Chamber of Greece is supported by 36 Prefectorial Committees, which prefectures where the Technical Chamber of Greece or a regional section does not exist.

The Administration of Technical Chamber is elected by a Universal vote of the regular members for the three years period. It consists of the following bodies:

a. The Assembly of the representatives consisting of 201 delegates.

This is the representative collective body of the Technical Chamber of Greece members.

ASSEMBLY PRESIDIUM 1997-2000

PRESIDENT
  • MARAVEAS D.
A' VISE PRESIDENT
  • OIKONOMOPOULOS V.
B' VISE PRESIDENT
  • TSEGKOS E.
SECRETARY GENERAL
  • IOAKIMIDES ST.
VISE SECRETARY GENERAL
  • PAGKALOS ST.

b. The Executive Committee, consisting of the president and two vice-presidents of the Technical Chamber of Greece, a secretary general, an assistant secretary general and ten members making a total of 15.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PRESIDIUM 1997-2000

PRESIDENT
  • LIASKAS KONSTANTINOS
A' VISE PRESIDENT
  • SAVIDES KONSTANTINOS
B' VISE PRESIDENT
  • KOTZAMPASAKIS ANTONIOS
SECRETARY GENERAL
  • VAGGELATOU OLYMPIA
VISE SECRETARY GENERAL
  • KAPETANAS DIMITRIOS
MEMBERS
  • AGORIS DIMOSTHENIS
  • ALEXOPOULOS KONSTANTINOS
  • DRAGKIOTIS THEODOROS
  • LOUKAS LOUKAS
  • MPANIAS NIKOLAOS
  • PAPAVASILIOU GEORGIOS
  • PAVLOPOULOS DIMITRIOS
  • SERAFIDES THEODOROS
  • SINANIS HRISTOS
  • TSOUDEROS IOANNIS

c. Fourteen Administrative and Executive Committees of the regional Sections.

These are elected bodies, each with seven or more members, they are elected at the same time as the other bodies of the Technical Chamber of Greece and deal principally with local problems.

d. Consultative Bodies

The Technical Chamber of Greece Administration is assisted for accomplishing its tasks by the following consultative bodies.

i. Scientific Sections

These are five member bodies with a consultative function, elected at the same time se the Administration, representing each of the nine basic professional fields in engineering namely:

  1. Civil Engineering
  2. Architecture Engineering
  3. Mechanical Engineering
  4. Electrical Engineering
  5. Rural and Surveying Engineering
  6. Chemical Engineering
  7. Mining and Metallurgical Engineering
  8. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  9. Electronically Engineering

ii. Standing and ad hoc Committees

Several Committees are appointed for studying matters of interest to the Technical Chamber of Greece. There are specialized scientific committees supporting the Scientific section and permanent committees studying professional affairs and major issues of general concern to the Greek society.

The Permanent Committees cover the following areas:

  1. Research and Development
  2. Regional Planning
  3. Education
  4. Environmental Protection
  5. Local Authorities
  6. Employed Engineers
  7. Consulting Engineers
  8. Contractor Engineers
  9. Pension and other funds for Engineers.

There are also ad hoc committees, which the Executive Committee forms, in order to have experts advice on various problems.

iii. Working Groups

A great number of working groups are studying specific subjects supervises by the relevant committees. About 700 engineers and other professionals such as lawyers, economists sociologists, agriculturists are currently participating in these working groups.

The Technical Chamber of Greece haw a body of administrative service, the majority of which is located in its Athens offices and is working to support not only its scientific projects but also its day to day needs as a part of Public Service. In the above services 127 people are employed, scientists or not, who are divided as follows:

Lastly the Legal Service of the Technical Chamber of Greece consists of 9 attorneys of law.

The fixed assets of the Technical Chamber of Greece amount to 15 billion drachmas The annual budget for 1995 was 5 billion, financed by its own resources. It has to be noted that, the Technical Chamber of Greece is not subsidized by the State.

e. Disciplinary Council

In the Technical Chamber of Greec0e are functioning the first degree and supreme disciplinary control on its members.


MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the Technical Chamber of Greece is restricted to engineers with a university level degree. The prerequisite for membership in the Technical Chamber of Greece is to have the work permit as a qualified engineer.

The Technical Chamber of Greece is responsible body, which gives the work permit to all the engineer specialists, graduates from Technical Universities of Greece and equivalent schools in other countries. The permit to practice as an engineer is awarded after successfully participating in special examination. These examinations are held by the Technical Chamber of Greece 3 times a year. The present number of regular membership of the Technical Chamber of Greece totals to about 62.500 engineers divided according to professional specializations as follows:

Civil Engineers 17.885
Architects 13.268
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers 3.328
Mechanical Engineers 7.338
Electrical Engineers 7.738
Rural and Surveying Engineers 4.144
Chemical Engineers 5.880
Mining and Metallurgical Engineers 1.850
Naval Architects 107
Marine Engineers 901
Electronic Engineers 1.246
TOTAL 62.495

 


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The Technical Chamber of Greece is an active member of several international organizations and is represented in numerous international conferences. TCG is a member of:

  1. The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO)
  2. The European Federation of National Association of Engineers (FEANI)
  3. The International Union of Architects (VIA)
  4. The European Group of Surveyors (EGOS)
  5. The International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  6. The World Energy Council
  7. International Council for Building Research Studies and Documentation (CIB)
  8. International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
  9. International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)
  10. Conference Internationale de Grands Reseux Electrique & Heute Tension (CIGRE)
  11. The Steel Construction Institute
  12. The Permanent Conference of the Engineers of the Countries of South-East Europe (COPISEE)
  13. The European Council of Civil Engineers
  14. The Architects Council of Europe (ACE)
  15. The "Commite de Liaison des Geometres experts"
  16. The "Commite de Liaison des Associations d' Ingenieurs Universitaires (CLAIU)".

The Technical Chamber of Greece has official international cooperation and contracts. Its relations with many Mediterranean, Balkan, Arab and other European countries, in particular, are of a high level. Technical Chamber of Greece has signed agreements of cooperation with several organisations.


PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

The Technical Chamber of Greece, as a professional body of qualified engineers studies and promotes issues concerning the Engineering profession in Greece. In Particular:


DATA BANK

The Technical Chamber of Greece creates a Databank for its members. This is s pioneer project for Greece and Scientists. The users of the Databank will have an immediate access to great amount of information and this will result:

This project will also contribute to issues concerning to the transparency and diffusion of information. T.C.G.s' Databank is co-financed by the European Committee, through the Telematique program. It will start operating in April 1995, primarily containing the following information categories:


PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

The Technical Chamber of Greece, has been organizing since 1923 professional seminars, in order to inform its members on issues of technology and science.

Nowadays, within the European Economic Community Educational Programmes, the Technical Chamber of Greece organizes professional training seminars all over Greece for qualifies Engineers. The relevant cost is counted in hundred million drachmas.

Recently, a new foundation has been established by the Technical Chamber of Greece having as its main purpose the training formation and professional education of its members (IEKEM-S.A)


EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES AFFAIRS

The Technical Chamber of Greece has developed during the last two decades (1974-1994) an intense activity towards matters concerning the European Communities. This activity has been focused on:

The Technical Chamber of Greece participated in the Community support Framework 1990-1993 on a panhellenic level with programs for the professional formation of engineers, at a range of 2 billion drachmas. The Technical Chamber of Greece promotes this activity on a national scale, directly to the E.C., of through the European organizations of engineers (FEANI, CAE, CLAIU, ECCE), in which it is a member. Within these organizations, the Technical Chamber of Greece has taken significant initiatives. In collaboration with them and with the European Community, Organizes meetings and conference on technological and constructional subjects. The Technical Chamber of Greece is also intensely interested about the development of the neighboring Balkan and Mediterranean countries. This interest is materialized, beyond other means, by the diffusion of the information about h the Unions activities in these countries to the Greek engineers. The possibilities arising in these countries are better than those of the countries of Africa, Caribbean, Pacific - LOME Convention.


PUBLICATIONS

The Technical Chamber of Greece publishes three professional periodicals, for the purpose of informing engineers and the relevant offices about the Technical Chamber of Greece activities.

In addition to its publications, the Technical Chamber of Greece publishes scientific books and translations of foreign specifications.


DOCUMENTATION & INFORMATION UNIT

The Documentation and Information Unit includes four services. The Library, the Documentation, the Information and the Standarisation Offices, open to the public. It is supported by scientific personnel, engineers and librarians.

The Library contains 50.000 technical books, congress proceedings, seminars, reports and various publications of International Organizations. It contains 1.500 journal titles. An integrated system has been developed for the automation of all the library services. The Unit also has all the Technical Chamber of Greece scientific and technical reports, congress papers etc.

The Documentation Office is an abstracting service. It has created an automated database in engineering subjects which includes about 3.000 records and its continuously updated. Bibliographical research, compilation of Greek and international sources of information research and compilation of data are also carried out at the users request.

The Standardization Office contains a big collection of international standards such as ISO, BS, IEC, ASTM, DIN, AFNOR, ETSE, etc. As well as the Greek standards (ELOT) and the Technical Chamber of Greece guidelines (TOTEE). The Technical Chamber of Greece is responsible for the National Technical Committees for Standardization in Documentation, Terminology, Concrete, Thermal Insulation, Building Materials and Elements in collaboration with the Hellenic Organization for Standardization (ELOT).

The Electronic Information Office is an information retrieval service which provides the access to on - line vendors abroad as well as to the technical database on CD-ROM such as COMPENDEX, Applied science and Technology Index etc.

The Documentation and Information Unit offers special information services to the Technical Chamber of Greece, its Scientific and Regional Sections, its working groups, its members etc. It contributes to the regional Development Programme. Of the Technical Chamber of Greece through the establishment of libraries in its Sections all over the country.

It provides technical information to public and private services thus assisting the Technical Chamber of Greece in its role as consultant to the Government of technical subjects.

The Technical Chamber of Greece exchanges scientific and technical information with libraries , National and International Organizations of Information. It is an association member of the International Federation of Documentation (FID).


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