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Fears for education as EU bids to silence architecture's voice

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Euro chiefs want to ride roughshod over professional education by abolishing the EU's dedicated architectural committee. The European Commission proposes to merge its five existing education committees, which also include those for medicine and vets, into one super group.

The move, an attempt to cut red tape, could cause chaos in architectural education, warned Sue Ware, Architects Registration Board member and a teacher at the Bartlett School of Architecture. She said: 'Each committee has its own advisory structure, which is a unique voice. How will this one committee operate and will we have enough representation? How we can influence the agenda, can we appeal, and where do we go if we feel ignored?'

Alain Sagne, secretary-general of the Architects Council of Europe, said he was also unhappy about one single committee for all the professions.

The proposed directive, being debated next month, could come into force by the end of 2003.

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