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Digitising European Industry progress report


The European Commission has published a report on the progress achieved so far, by its Digitising European Industry initiative.  There were five main pillars in this initiative, with construction unfortunately excluded.  FIEC hopes that something will be done for the sector in the near future, but in the meantime, acknowledges that some useful work has been done so far by DG CNECT and there are things that construction can learn from other industries that, perhaps partly because of this initiative, have been able to make better progress towards digitalisation.  FIEC’s Construction 4.0 Working Group is drawing up a Work Programme and collaborative activities with other relevant industry federations will take place early next year.

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Tackling Undeclared Work in the Construction sector : Toolkit


The  EU Platform against Undeclared Work (UdW), in which FIEC participates, has produced a toolkit for tackling undeclared work in the construction sector. This toolkit provides a practical overview of the tools and approaches that Member States have developed. It includes factsheets on  national and/or regional sectoral practices presented during the Platform Seminar onTackling undeclared work in the construction industry(Brussels, 3rd May 2017), together with other relevant measures identified in the existing literature on tackling UdW in the construction sector.
 
Existing practices are considered against the policy framework presented in both the background paper and learning resource paper from the Platform Seminar onDeveloping a holistic approach towards undeclared workand in the learning resource paper from the above mentioned Platform Seminar. However, there is recognition that “one size does not fit all” and that the type and balance of policy measures required in the construction sector may differ from those required in other sectors.

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CEF “blending call”: €1 billion for 39 “clean” transport projects

On 30th November, the European Commission published the results of the 2017 “blending call” from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).  The proposed projects aim to upgrade the rail network, develop alternative fuels infrastructure and clean waterway transport in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
The 39 selected projects of the call have an investment volume of €4.5 billion, with co-funding of about €1 billion. Project promoters were attracted by the proposed mix of EU grants with financing from other public and private investors achieved within this first-ever blending call. 
Selected projects include, for instance, the upgrade of the Divača-Koper rail line in Slovenia, the construction of 340 charging stations for electric cars in 13 EU countries and the upgrading of the Albert Canal, Belgium’s main inland waterway.
A second round of the call is open until 12th April 2018.

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