FIEC President elected to board of buildingSMART International

Kjetil Tonning, FIEC President and Area Manager Heavy Construction, Veidekke Entreprenør AS, has been appointed as a Director of buildingSMART International.  The “international home of open BIM” develops standardised processes, workflows and procedures for BIM.  When he was Vice President of the Technical Commission (TEC) Tonning chaired FIEC’s Working Group on BIM and later its Working Group on Construction 4.0.  


“Eurovignette” – FIEC welcomes ambitious reinforcement of earmarking principle by European Parliament

On 24th May, the TRAN Committee of the European Parliament adopted the report on the revision of the “Eurovignette” Directive – more recently known as the “Eurocharging” Directive. 
“We are happy to see that the TRAN Committee voted in favour of a reinforcement of the earmarking principle in article 9”, said FIEC President Kjetil Tonning. “This is a crucial aspect of the whole Directive, which so far, had been neglected.”
Indeed, at present, the Parliament’s report promotes the maintenance and construction of the EU’s core assets in a much more ambitious way.
“Now, we strongly encourage Member States in the Council to support the same logic when adopting their own position,” called Tonning. “Without mandatory earmarking of the revenues generated from infrastructure and external costs charges for the maintenance and development of sustainable transport infrastructure, this new version of the “Eurocharging” Directive will – again – miss its target!” he concluded.



EU Semester 2018 Spring Package: Commission issues recommendations for Member States

On 23 May, the European Commission presented the 2018 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), setting out its economic policy guidance for Member States for the next 12 to 18 months.
Europe’s economy is growing at its fastest pace in a decade, with record employment, recovering investment and improved public finances. Within this framework the recommendations focus on strengthening the foundations for sustainable and inclusive growth in the long term.
This year, the recommendations pay special attention to social challenges, guided by the EU Pillar of Social Rights proclaimed in November 2017. There is a particular focus on ensuring the provision of adequate skills, the effectiveness and adequacy of social safety nets and improving social dialogue.
All the CSRs can be accessed by clicking on the button below.