FIG President Stig Enemark attends
39th Conference of the French Chartered Surveyors and
1st Conference of European Surveyors

Strasbourg, France, 17-19 September 2008

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Pierre Bibollet, President of the French Ordre des Geométrès-Experts and FIG President Stig Enemark.

FIG President Stig Enemark attended the 39th Conference of the French Chartered Surveyors and 1st Conference of European Surveyors, Strasbourg, France, 17-19 September 2008.

The conference was organised by Ordre des Geométrès-Experts (the French Association of Chartered Surveyors) in cooperation with the two European surveyors' organizations the CLGE (Council of European Geodetic Surveyors) and GE (Geométrès Europas). The main aim of this European Conference was to raise awareness of the surveying profession and increase its exposure among various European institutions and EU consumers generally both in France and across Europe.

The opening session included key note addresses from Adrien Zeller, President of the Alsace Regional Council, Pierre Bibollet, President of the French Ordre des Geométrès-Experts, Alain Gaudet, President of Geométrès Europas, Henning Elmstrom, President of Council of European Geodetic Surveyors, Francois Mazuyer, Vice President of Ordre des Geométrès-Experts and general rapporteur of the conference, and the FIG President Stig Enemark, who concluded, that "FIG sees the European region as a very strong partner in building and enhancing the global standing of the surveying profession."

The conference included about 20 presentations organized around three main themes with about six presentations: (i) The Surveyor and Advances in Technology: making sustainable development part of the equation; (ii) The law, the Surveyor and Property: what areas of expertise for what guarantees? and (iii) The Surveyors and the Consumer: matching services to requirements. The third theme included presentations of Jean Bergevin from the European Commission, Bozana Lipej from Slovenia, and Rob Mahoney from United Kingdom.

The conference was very well attended by more than 1,000 participants with more than 100 from outside France and with a strong representation from Francophone Africa. President Enemark also attended a meeting of the Francophone Group of Surveyors with representation from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Canada, France, Madagascar, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Morocco, Congo Dem. Repub., Lithuania, and Mali.

Most presentations were in French with a few in English and German. Simultaneous translation was provided at all sessions. The conference profile can be found at http://www.geometre-strasbourg2008.eu/. Conference proceedings are available at: http://www.geometre-expert.fr/www/cmsMng.do?ID_RUBRIC=281&ID_PAGE=11989, and at the CLGE website: http://www.clge.eu/

The conference concluded by adopting a document of recommendations that was signed by the three presidents of OGE, CLGE, and GE. The recommendations are focused on the role and professional status of the European surveyor.

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