13 March 2018

European Robotics Forum 

The European Robotics Forum kicks off today in Tampere, Finland.  This Forum is an annual gathering of European robotics professionals and this year, FIEC will participate in a session on construction robotics.  Sue Arundale, Director of Technical and Environmental Affairs will explain what FIEC is currently doing on the subject and will outline some changes that could help the industry adapt to this new technology.



European Semester Winter Package

In the framework of the “European Semester” the European Commission has published its annual analysis of the economic and social situation in the Member States, including progress in implementing country-specific recommendations.According to the Commission the European economy is expanding robustly and the positive economic outlook is matched by an improved labour market and social situation. This reflects the reforms undertaken by Member States in recent years and provides a window of opportunity to further strengthen the resilience of the EU’s economies and societies.For the first time, the Country Reports put a special emphasis on mainstreaming the priorities of the European Pillar of Social Rights, established in November 2017. A specific focus is put this year, amongst other things, on analysing skills challenges.The 27 Country Reports (for all Member States except Greece, which is under a stability support programme) provide the annual analysis by Commission staff on the economic and social situation in Member States, including progress made in implementing the Country Specific Recommendations over the years.The “Social Scoreboard” monitoring the Member States’ performance in the framework of the EU “Pillar of Social Rights”  can be accessed by clicking on the button below.



EU pilot project to support industrial regions in transition

Early in March, seven regions and Member States of the Union were selected by the European Commission to benefit from aid, as part of a pilot action on industrial transition. They are: Cantabria (Spain), Centre-Val de Loire (France), North East Finland, the Grand-Est (France) and Greater Manchester (United Kingdom), as well as Lithuania and Slovenia. The pilot action, which was announced in July 2017 aims to provide financial aid (€200,000 per region from the European Regional Development Fund) to strengthen cohesion, research and innovation, education and industrial competitiveness.  Back in December, five other regions were also selected: Hauts-de-France (France), Norra Mellansverige (North Central Sweden), Piedmont (Italy), Saxony (Germany) and Wallonia (Belgium).



In the issue of our Newsletter published on 27/2/2018, in the article regarding the “Carto Amiante” project in France we indicated that “…6 different work situations at 283 worksites were analysed “.
The correct text should have indicated “…283 measures have been realised and 6 work situations have been analysed, such as drilling in flooring, drilling in paint or interior plaster, cutting or dismantling an outdoor asbestos cement pipe, etc”.