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Big success for Euroskills 2016 : medals, medals, medals !

From December 1-3 Europe’s largest skills competition, Euroskills 2016, took place in Gothenburg (Sweden). 500 young skilled workers from 28 countries took part in the competitions and more than 74.000 visitors attended the event to support them. A big success ! Out of the 28 competing countries Austria collected most medals, followed by Finland and France. Several FIEC member federations were involved in the construction-related competitions. Check the complete list of medals for the construction skills  competition (plumbing, bricklaying, floor laying, roofing, etc.) by clicking on “Read more”.
 

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« EU services card » – will the social partners’ position be taken seriously?

Very soon, the European Commission is expected to adopt a legislative proposal creating a “European Services Card” for businesses wanting to provide services in another Member State of the European Union. This proposal is expected to be composed of a draft Regulation, which introduces the EU services card, and of a draft Directive, which defines its legal and operational framework.
The big question mark at this stage is whether the European Commission will finally take into account the repeated warnings and formal written requests from the European Social Partners of the construction sector, FIEC and EFBWW.
Indeed, FIEC and EFBWW questioned at many occasions the added-value of this initiative and pointed out potential counterproductive risks,  but never received convincing answers from the European Commission. The results of a public consultation with less than 200 responses, of which 10 from “construction services providers”, must not be taken more seriously than the formal positions of the official sectoral Social Partners.  
As soon as it is released, FIEC will analyse the proposal in details and envisage further joint actions with the EFBWW.
 

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FIEC/ EIC participate in EIB Workshop on International Anti-Corruption Day (9/12)

Speakers and participants agreed that progress and success can only be achieved with the commitment of all stakeholders, both public and private. Good examples mentioned for such cooperation from the very earliest preparations of a construction project are the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) and the new international standard ISO 37001 on anti-bribery management systems.
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he importance of both these initiatives is that they are not focused on punishing the supply side, but on improving procurement processes. 
FIEC/ EIC have been actively involved in both of these and continue promoting them, because they are good tools to achieve better output for taxpayers and leave less room for corruption. This should facilitate a level playing field for law-abiding construction companies.

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