Belgian authorities have agreed to recognise the European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL), developed by the European association of abnormal road transport and mobile cranes (ESTA).


ESTA said that Denmark is also reportedly close to following suit. “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,” said the association.

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.

Positive talks are also ongoing with Spain, although ECOL supporters warn that an agreement with the authorities there is not currently imminent.