The EFG is a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to represent the professions of geology in Europe, especially to the European Union (EU) and its various bodies.
EFG contributes to protection of the environment, public safety and responsible exploitation of natural resources by:
- Promoting excellence in the application of geoscience.
- Supporting research and teaching that underpins it.
- Raising public awareness of the importance of geoscience to society.
Public safety, sustainable development, responsible use of natural resources, wealth creation and effective prediction, prevention and mitigation of natural hazards are best served by educated and appropriately trained professional geologists working transparently with other professionals and communicating effectively with the public.
To those ends, EFG encourages professional development by promoting training and Continuing Professional Development and offering validation (certification) through its internationally recognised title of European Geologist (EurGeol).
EFG adheres to the principles of professional responsibility and public service and certifies the competence, integrity and ethical conduct of professional geologists. Professional geologists, from the EFG national association members, contribute their expertise in education, research and applied practice in industry and for governments in a wide range of activities that are vital to society and to protection of the public. The EFG delivers its objectives through activity relating to:
- EU policies & environmental protection.
- Education & outreach.
- Free movement & professional titles.
- Professionalism & ethics.
- Supporting EFG Members.
- Promote best practice standards and mobility by the award of the professional title of European Geologist (EurGeol) to geologists who have reached a high level of training and experience.
- Present dossiers and opinions to the European Commission on relevant geological issues.
- Official Partners of Sustainable Energy Europe.
- In conjunction with kindred international associations develop, publish and promulgate best practice codes and guideline.
- The co-organization of international conferences on Professional Geology.
- Affiliate member of the International Union of Geosciences and of the Pan-European Reserves and Resources Reporting Committee.
- Application of a binding Code of Ethics.
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 Paris.