The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) is a not‐for‐profit organisation instituted to ensure competent and ethical practice among geoscientists in Europe while representing the profession across the continent.
EFG aims to be recognised as an independent, trustworthy and reliable international organisation that contributes to the protection of the environment, public safety and the responsible use of natural resources.
To promote excellence in the application of geoscience across Europe, to represent the professional European associations of geoscientists and to create public awareness of geoscience’s importance to society.
Professional geologists contribute to public safety, sustainable development, the responsible use of natural resources, wealth creation and the effective prediction, prevention and mitigation of natural hazards through cooperation with other experts and effective communication with the public.
Each member country is represented at the EFG Council, the body responsible for running the organisation, by a national delegation, normally of two delegates. Each member country has one vote at Council meetings.
- The Council meets once a year in one of the member countries, usually in June. There is also a working Council Meeting in Brussels in November or December.
- The executive authority of the Council is enacted by the Board, which is appointed for a two year term and comprises a President, Vice-President, General Secretary, Treasurer and External Relations Officer.
- The Board meets four to six times per year, mostly electronically, with the day to day business of EFG maintained within the Board by email.
- The Office of the EFG is based in Brussels, where the Executive Director is based. The EFG Office Director is the staff member responsible to the EFG Board for the day-to-day management and operation of the EFG Office.
- The EFG official languages are English, Spanish and French. The legal seat of the EFG is in Brussels.