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What is EGIN

   

EGIN, the European Graphic/Media Industry Network, is the platform of cooperation for education, training, research & development and labour market projects amongst the social partners, schools, reserach and consultancy organisations, training companies and the like from nine countries: Denmark, Germany, Iceland, The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. During its twenty-six years of work, starting 1990, EGIN has been working in accordance with its original goals: "…to function as a network for education and joint development of educational programmes" and "…to function as a centre of contacts, exchange of information, discussions and project creation".

EGIN has also kept its original position as a non-political organisation.

Training and education
Within the framework of different European education and training programmes EGIN has acquiered significant financial support for courses, seminars and larger research and development projects.
The working assignments concerning research and education are mainly in the hands of EGIN members. At the moment they are thirty-three in number and represent to a large extent research institutes, as well as post-secondary and vocational education institutes in 11 European countries. EGIN's efforts in the development of education and training has a significant effect on the graphic-media and creative industry in areas of strategic importance - such as multimedia, modern information/communications technology.

Opportunities for members
Membership in EGIN provides the opportunity for member organisations to participate in some of the many on-going development projects in EGIN. Being a part of the EGIN network also allows for the regular exchange and distribution of information concerning the latest developments in education and training in the European graphic/media and creative sector. This greatly benefits the own organisation and generates continued interaction on the contact and experience level.

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The board of EGIN
After reorganising in 1994, EGIN is managed by a board of directors consisting of one representative each from the employer’s federation and trade union from: Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland. Representatives from: Germany, Iceland, Spain and the United Kingdom function as observer members in the board representing one of the social partners from the respective countries. The European social partners, Intergraf and Uni Europa Graphical also have a seat in the EGIN board as observer member.
The board meets 2-3 times a year. The Executive Committee, consisting of the chairman and secretary of the board and the executive secretary, continually monitors EGIN. The administration of the network is financed to a large degree by member fees. The founding countries pay an annual fee of Euro 7,500, observer members of the Board Euro1,000 and members Euro 775.

The board offers two member seats per country: one for a representative of the employers' organisation(s) and one for a representative of the trade union(s). A country represented by two organisations has full membership of the EGIN board; this representation can be executed either by two persons or by one person appointed by the two organisations. A country may have an observer membership on the EGIN board executed by a representative from only one organisation. Two organisations from the same country can be observer members only for a period of two years.
An organisation (board member) wanting to leave the EGIN board should give notice of this before July the year before leaving the board.

EGIN membership
EGIN membership is reserved for educational, training and research institutes, labour market organisations and publishers that are approved by the EGIN board. The first year as an EGIN member is free of charge. A member who wants to leave EGIN should give notice of this ultimately in July of the year before leaving EGIN. If you would like information about how to become a member, please mail the EGIN Office.

To register as EGIN member, please download the registration form.

EGIN will continuously attempt to engage in cooperation with an increasing number of European countries and member organisations, to identify and initiate projects in step with technological development and to develop the network into a central information platform.

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