FIEC President to speak at ECTP conference
FIEC President Jean-Louis Marchand will address the final plenary session during the annual conference of the European Construction Technology Platform on Friday 18 November. He will talk about some of the challenges faced by construction companies in the session that will focus on future research, development and innovation priorities for the built environment.
Concerns about the EU Services Card
On 14/11 the EU sectoral Social Partners for the construction industry met with the European Commission (DG GROW), in order to exchange views about the envisaged “EU Services Card” (initially known as “Services Passport”). A legislative proposal should be adopted by the Commission before the end of 2016 and many of the concerns raised last June in a joint letter to President Juncker and Vice-Presidents Dombrovskis and Katainen still remain unanswered.
Construction and Demolition Waste Protocol published
The European Commission has finally published its Construction and Demolition Waste Protocol (CDW Protocol), which is one of the actions under the Construction 2020 strategy. FIEC was involved in the development of this document, participating for more than a year in two Task Forces, along with other industry stakeholders. The protocol contains voluntary guidelines and aims to increase confidence in CDW management processes and in the quality of recycled materials.
FIEC warns against Basel IV draft proposals
In a letter sent last week to President Juncker, FIEC President Jean-Louis Marchand urged the European Commission to protect long-term financing of infrastructure and real estate projects by banks, from the current draft proposals on the prudential rules of the Basel Committee (so-called “Basel IV”). If applied as such, the new recommendations would kill 50% of the projects in the pipeline, and the rest would be financed at much higher rates. “This goes against the Investment Plan for Europe’s principle of private long-term investment”, stressed Marchand in the letter.