Digital transformation of built environment on ECCREDI agenda

The European Council for Construction Research Development and Innovation (ECCREDI) will hold its bi-annual meeting on 9 November in Brussels.  External speakers include Lutz Köppen from DG GROW, who will talk about BIM in the context of public procurement and Antony Burd from the British Standards Institute (BSI), who will explain how standardisation is supporting digitalisation in construction.  ECCREDI is a member organisation, but welcomes other construction industry federations and companies to the open part if its meetings, to hear the presentations.  If you are interested, you can contact the ECCREDI secretariat: info@eccredi.org.  FIEC now holds the presidency of ECCREDI and looks forward to welcomeing you in Brussels on 9 November.



Crime prevention for smart, safe cities – workshop

A workshop “Crime prevention – Natural and technical prevention for smart and safe cities”  will be held in Prague on 22 November 2017. It will focus on crime prevention in the different design phases from urban design to the technological equipment of buildings. Organisations representing stakeholders, which are involved in or affected by these design phases in the building sector (from urban design to technological equipment) are invited to participate in the workshop. As well as hosting presentations, the workshop will consider opportunities to promote design for crime prevention. There will also be a proposal for a concept for standardisation (e.g. EN 14383).



Posting of workers: Council reaches a general approach

One week after the European Parliament the Council of Ministers reached a general approach on the revision of the “Posting” Directive. The agreement within the Council concerns, amongst other things :

  • The application of “remuneration” (i.e. all the elements of minimum rates of pay developed by the EU Court of Justice), in accordance with the “host” country law and practices, instead of “minimum rates of pay”;
  • For posting longer than 12 months all the applicable terms and conditions of employment of the “host” country also apply to the concerned posted workers; the period can be extended up to 18 months on the basis of a motivated notification;
  • Equal treatement of temporary agency workers and local workers;
  • 3 years transposition period plus 1 more year before the application of the directive;
  • The EU Platforms against undeclared work will be used to fight fraud and abuse and to improve the exchange of information and administrative cooperation between the Member States.

With this agreement the Council can now start the negotiations with the European Parliament.