FM's shift from physical maintenance to people and performance - and the need for better skilled workers - dominate the continent's FM development themes in 2017.
15 May 2017 | Martin Read and Jamie Harris
Facilities management in Hungary is developing - and for Jozsef Czerny, FM's profile is becoming more distinct.
"The discipline of FM is key a function of an organisation - it's not about outsourcing or providing services, it's a key business function."
Interestingly, Hungary's professional body, founded in 2005, is separate from the association representing service providers. This is because the society wants the flexibility to provide its own conferences, teaching and training to its members, says Czerny.
In fact, education is a key issue for Czerny, who is determined to provide FM professionals with the skills needed to work strategically.
"We simulate board meetings at large organisations - my students put forward suggestions to convince the 'board' of an FM strategy," explains Czerny.
"BIFM's qualification system is great, but we are at the beginning of that journey. We need to use something simpler and build up from there."
The market for outsourced services in Hungary is growing, says Czerny. The multi-nationals are present, largely servicing their international clients. The majority of smaller businesses tend to keep their FM in-house, as has historically been the case with public sector services.
But the market is still facing similar issues that other countries face, including the UK. The minimum wage increases each year, and for Czerny this means service providers forced to use workers who may not be motivated enough to learn and to build up their own career.
"The biggest problem here is the short-termism," he argues. "The economic environment is particularly volatile, and there are a number of factors that cause this. But what this means is that companies tend not to invest in people."
"If I consider the situation 10 years ago, there are big changes, a lot of progress. But there is still some way to go."
We're broadcasting live at 12 noon BST on World FM Day, Wednesday 17 May. You'll be able to hear audio interviews with some of the international correspondents mentioned above, as we capture a snapshot of FM across the globe in 2017, as well as live discussion on the issues and themes that have arisen. Tune in here.