Lighten the load! – FIEC official partner in the next Healthy Workplaces campaign

The EU-OSHA will launch its new Healthy Workplaces campaign in October 2020. The pre-campaign website is already available. This time, the theme of the campaign will be on work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
Again, FIEC has been recognised as official partner of this new campaign by the EU-OSHA!
Muskulo-Skeletal Disorders (MSDs) caused at work are of direct concern for our industry and can lead to a wide range of health problems, which in the end can impact the overall well-being of construction workers. For these reasons, Health and Safety at the workplace remains a top priority for FIEC, with the aim of further developing a good culture of prevention amongst companies and to ensure that rules and legislation remain manageable for businesses of all sizes, in particular SMEs.


Conference on Construction Products Regulation

Yesterday, the European Commission hosted an important conference for technical stakeholders on the future of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR 305/2011). Amongst the speakers were Eric Winnepenninckx and Lars Meyer, members of FIEC’s Technical sub-commission TEC-1 (Regulation and Standardisation), who between them gave three presentations and answered questions from the audience of more than 500 people. At the end of the day, MEP Christian Doleschal, Rapporteur of the European Parliament’s committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), emphasised the need for a Common Technical Language, better understanding of CE Marking under the CPR, IT-based methods for providing information about construction products, the need to reduce repetition and avoid conflict with other EU legislation and finally, the need for stakeholders to be included in standardisation and the process of revising the CPR. These are all things that FIEC strongly supports.


European Parliament starts TEN-T Revision

The European Parliament’s Transport Committee is currently drafting a report addressing the forthcoming revision of the Transeuropean Transport Network (TEN-T) Regulation. In its session on 3 September, MEPs emphasised the need for a rapid completion of the network stressing that the European Recovery Plan should support investment in the TEN-T. Moreover, MEPs highlighted the need for maintaining good quality when it comes to road and railway infrastructure. Related to that, a European plan to supervise the network should be established.

Joint discussion paper on the future of the Construction Products Regulation

To coincide with the conference that took place yesterday (see separate article above), FIEC, Construction Products Europe, European Builders Confederation (EBC) and Small Business Standards (SBS) published a joint discussion paper on the future of the Regulation (CPR 305/2011).  The paper can be found on the link below.