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History of the FDI
"FDI SAAR-LOR-LUX": a Tri-National Federation
of European Engineers
Three Associations of Engineers from three neighbouring countries, the "Verein Deutscher Ingenieure Bezirksverein Saar e.V." (VDI BV-Saar) - for Germany, the "Union Régionale des Ingénieurs et Scientifiques de Lorraine" (URIS) for France and the "Association Luxembourgeoise des Ingénieurs" (ALI) for Luxembourg have already a long story of active relationship.
The origin of this relationship goes back to the 1980’s, when a group of engineers from Germany and Luxembourg joined their french colleagues to study the problems raised by the newly built french atomic power plant at Cattenom, close to the German/Luxembourgian border. This showed evidence that many of today’s technical problems do transgress the political boundaries. In the first place, this concerns implications on life conditions, environment etc., and it may have a bearing on the technical development at the conceptual, planning and production stages.
The technical group formed at this time, quickly developed a friendly relationship giving birth to various activities.
This presentation of the FDI SAAR-LOR LUX shows how engineers of neighbouring european countries, which may have been separated in the past by artificial barriers, are now naturally led to cooperate.
The President of FEANI, Sir John Cullen, has stressed the importance for FEANI of communication between European engineers: it thus seems that establishing new links with such groups of engineers as the FDI SAAR-LOR-LUX may be of definite interest.
Author: I. Brikké
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