of other Cedia important activities
Agro-Technology Transfer by European Agronomists.
At the beginning
of the nineties a period of high unemployment took place. It also
hit agronomists. In some Southern European countries, more then
20% of our colleagues were without a job.
In order to
remedy to this difficult situation, CEDIA developed a training program
in collaboration with a financial package from the European Commission.
More then 170.000 Euros of funding was awarded.
of ATTEA was to give the opportunity to young graduates leaving
college the possibility of visiting another European country for
a period of six months to one year, in order to gain experience
in a temporary position, and at the same time, to transfer the technology
of their country and /or faculty to the body where they were employed.
for this rendered service and work was paid partly by the employer
and partly by the EU subsidy.
of Wageningen organised the daily management of the programme.
very well to the European philosophy, i.e.:
- To create
- To promote
the mobility of the employees in Europe
- To exchange
technology between European countries.
it’s launching the project was received with a lot of enthusiasm,
ATTEA did not achieve the success expected. The reason was simple:
the unemployment crisis for the agronomists did not last very long.
Within a few years the situation switched from a surplus of job
seekers to a deficit of graduates. Indeed in several countries,
the vacancies for jobs opportunities far exceed the number of available
ATTEA was absolutely a worthwhile project.
as the capital of Europe and Agriculture being the principal common
policy, it was clear that a big number of people who were involved
or interested in agriculture resided in Belgium.
from this presence by organising several “Green lunches”.
incorporated short conferences organised with a light lunch in order
to inform Cedia members and other interested persons on “hot”
topics relating to agriculture, agricultural policy etc. Speakers
included Commissioners, Senior Functionaries, Member States Permanent
representatives and Member’s of Parliament.
the Animal Welfare, the Consequences for the European agriculture
of the introduction of the Euro, were among the subjects, which
Due to changes
in organisation both in the European Institutions and to the Committee
of European Agronomists/Cedia, the organisation of these meetings
was unfortunately discontinued.
However a new
and more convenient approach, which was more suited to present circumstances
of Cedia, where most delegates are now coming from outside of Belgium,
was adopted in recent years. Annual
seminars have been organised and held in the Institute for Ireland
in Europe in Leuven. This is an old monetary which has been adopted
to facilitate such events to include accommodation and meeting facilities.
The Director and staff of the Institute play a key role in organising
the events. High profile speakers are invited to attend from the
European Institutions and other Brussels based organisations as
required. Not alone have major topic of concern to members and member
countries been discussed, it has also provided members with excellent
Representation and Newsletters
of information between member associations is a primordial task
for CEDIA; to know how our colleagues live and work in other countries
is a sure way of enriching our associations and ourselves.
Cedia over the
years has carried out numerous studies. These were aimed at a better
understanding of the structures and services provided by member
associations, Curriculum’s, studies and training of graduates
in different member countries; the professional occupations of members
as well as a comparison of remuneration and career prospects of
graduates and many more other items.
many cases the information supplied did not allow for a direct comparison
as between the situations as they exist among member countries.
It was clear that not all the data was available, or in the same
format in the different countries; nevertheless the collected information
was a precious source of information for all of us. The current
board have recently nominated a working group to carry out a new
study of member associations and to provide a new information update
on data which is now outdated.
is regarded as an important function of Cedia. The President and
the general secretary, accompanied by board members as appropriate,
participate in an ongoing programme of engagements. These vary from
meetings with members and officials of European Union institutions
to members of National Governments, International organisations,
Cedia member Country Associations etc. The interests of Cedia are
promoted and views expressed to include presentations to relevant
For almost 20
years CEDIA has being circulating a Newsletter.
In the beginning, this quarterly document was mailed by post; nowadays
we only use electronic mail as well as posting it on the Internet.
In recent years its publication was not as regular as we would have
wished however the present board have agreed that it should again
be published quarterly. In recent years this website was developed.
This site is linked to the websites of all member
associations, providing an integrated and coordinated view of
Cedia and its member associations.