The following extract off the Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees: Decisions on Public Petitions Received: 28th May 2014 is related to the recent debate recent surrounding Architectural Technologists excluded from the register of competent professionals under the new bulding regulations.
Architectural Technologists- Building Control Act 2007 in breach of EU Law
In the following extract from “Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees: “Decisions on Public Petitions Received: 28 May 2014” (click link here), Pádraig MacLochlainn (Donegal North East, Sinn Fein) notes as follows-
“The third petition is P00003/14 from Mr. Christophe Krief concerns a breach of European law on competition, freedom of establishment and free movement of workers. Mr. Krief states the Building Control Act 2007 is questionable, totally discriminatory and in violation of the fundamental principles of European law and the free movement of workers with the EU Community. The current verdict of the European Ombudsman is that the Building Control Act 2007 is in breach of European law.
We have had correspondence on this issue from a number of bodies. The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Phil Hogan, has recently signed into law the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 which came into force in March 2014. This new law stipulates that only three groups of professions will be authorised to design and certify compliance with building regulations. The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, CIAT, has been excluded for no reason. This means that Mr. Krief will not be allowed to continue to work in Ireland. CIAT has prepared a complaint to send to the European Commission.
The committee has deliberated on the correspondence from a number of bodies. As we think the correspondence clarifies the matter, it is proposed to forward it to the petitioner and the petition be closed.”
We wonder what action the Government and Minister will undertake in light of the European Ombudsman decision, and recent representations made by Architectural Technologists in the recent Dail debate? This is all we have on this issue at the moment on this- if anyone has any further information please contact the blog.
(emphasis in bold by blog)
Other posts on this topic:
Architectural Technologists and BC(A)R SI.9: CIAT – click link here
Architectural Technologist – Platitudes, Head Nodding and BC(A)R SI.9. – click link here
O’Cofaigh letter to Mick Wallace TD – click link here
Opinion piece: Architectural Technologist and certification – click link here
Thoughts on a Register for Architectural Technologists – click link here
Audio Clip: Dáil Debate 27th May- Architectural Technologists & SI.9 – click link here
RIAI NEWS ALERT: Architectural Technologist Register – click link here
Message from Mick Wallace TD to Architectural Technologists – click link here
Architectural Technologists’ Petition – click link here
Phil Hogan TD to Minister Gormley on “premature” and “market distortion effects” of register in 2010 – click link here
Architectural Technologist’s personal letter to TD – click link here
An Architectural Technologist Dáil letter – click link here
Architectural Technologists’ Dáil QUESTIONS – click link here
Dáil Debate 27th May on Architectural Technologists: help needed! – click link here