State aid to support decarbonisation of building stock

New EU State aid guidelines, applicable as from January 2022, create a framework to help Member States provide the necessary support to reach the European Green Deal objectives. The revised guidelines will also involve an alignment with recent regulatory changes in the energy and environmental areas. They include a section with rules to promote investments aimed at improving the energy and environmental performance of buildings. In case of renovation of existing buildings, State aid must induce a reduction in primary energy demand of at least 20% or, where the improvements are part of a staged renovation, a reduction of at least 30%. In the case of new buildings, state aid must result in energy performance improvements leading to a reduction in primary energy demand of at least 10% compared to the threshold set for nearly-zero energy buildings. Individual measures improving the energy performance of buildings can be also supported. There are large similarities between the guidelines and the EU Taxonomy criteria for buildings..



FIEC to speak at EU Industry Days 2022

On 8 February, FIEC will participate in the event dedicated to the “construction ecosystem” in the framework of the #EUIndustryDays 2022. On this occasion, FIEC will present the “Pact for Skills in Construction”, elaborated with the European Federation of Building and Wood Workers (EFBWW), in cooperation with the European Builders Confederation (EBC).

This Pact, promoted by the European Commission, in the framework of the “EU Skills Agenda”, will call for concrete commitments by construction and education stakeholders at all levels, with the aim of providing quality vocational education and training to the benefit of the European construction sector workforce.

The EU Industry Days is Europe’s flagship annual event, highlighting ongoing industrial policy discussions. It is the main platform to discuss industry challenges, develop opportunities and policy responses.



Looking for digital champions among construction sector SMEs

On behalf of the European Commission, ECORYS is undertaking a study aiming at developing supporting actions for the digitalisation of construction SMEs.

The dual purpose of this initiative is to assess the interest among SMEs in construction to benefit from planned support actions as well as to collect best practices and lessons learnt in the field of digitalisation, including details on the experienced benefits of digitalisation, and barriers to implementation.

The main objective is to support SMEs in their digital transition, leading to increased productivity, efficiency and competitiveness. The project encompasses two main actions: (1) the development of a tailored digital maturity scan and an interactive handbook for the construction sector, and (2) providing in-depth trainings to companies, to further deepen the knowledge provided in the handbook.

We kindly invite interested SMEs to contribute to this initiative by filling-in the short survey that you can find by clicking on the button here below. By doing so SMEs will have the opportunity to learn from their peers, share their own lessons learnt, benefit from free promotion, and be the first to be informed about planned support actions.



FIEC moves to new offices

At FIEC, the new year 2022 started with a series of new opportunities, highlights and also opens its doors to some ‘changes’. We are now ready to move into our new offices located at the heart of the EU institutions district.
Save our new address: 20 Avenue des Arts (7th floor) – 1000 Brussels, where we will be excited to share the fully renovated spaces made available in the HUBB (House of Belgian Builders) i.e., the new headquarters of our Belgian member, the Confédération Construction.

A special welcome of our guests and visitors is in our wishes as soon as the sanitary measures will allow it. Our meeting rooms are equipped with the latest technologies and devices, ideal for hybrid meetings. The break-out areas on the 8th floor offer a wow-wow view of the capital on three sides.

Our phone numbers are the same and it will be easier to reach us, whether by car, bike or public transport (at 3 steps from metro station Arts-Loi and very close to Brussels ring).