ESTA’s European Crane Operators Licence project continues to make progress with Belgium agreeing to recognise the ECOL licence and Denmark reportedly close to following suit.
Positive talks are also ongoing with Spain, although ECOL supporters warn that an agreement with the authorities there is not currently imminent.
The positive noises from Denmark follow a meeting last month between ECOL Supervisory Board members Klaus Meissner and Ton Klijn and senior officials from the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), the country’s largest business and employers organisation.
The meeting discussed the steps needed in Denmark to conclude a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between the Danish health and safety organisation Arbejdstilsynet (AT) and the ECOL foundation.
It was arranged by the Danish crane association, Dansk Kran Forening, and hosted by ECOL Expert Committee member Kim Hvolbøl from BMS Hvidovre.