Fight against Undeclared Work : EU campaign in 2020

The EU Platform against Undeclared Work (UDW), in which FIEC participates, is preparing its first ever awareness raising campaign to be launched in 2020. The main objective will be to highlight the benefits of declared work.

The overall campaign objectives are to:

  • inform companies, and particularly SMEs, of the benefits of declaring workers and of their obligations to do so;
  • raise awareness amongst workers about their rights and how they can report UDW;
  • increase the visibility of the Platform’s work and implement the campaign together.

The campaign will include a common EU-wide social media campaign organised by the Commission and a Week of Action running from 16-20 March (provisional dates).

All Platform members and observers will be working together and promotional activities will be concentrated into this specific week.

During the same period and in coordination with this campaign,  FIEC and EFBWW, the EU Social Partners for the construction industry are planning to launch their own campaign, focussing specifically on the construction industry.

More information will be provided soon! 





Sustainable finance: consultation on EU taxonomy

On 4th July, the Technical Expert Group (TEG) on sustainable finance – set up by the European Commission – launched a call for feedback on its report on taxonomy, published on 18th June. This report presents the most comprehensive classification system for sustainable activities to date. It follows the Commission’s Action Plan on financing sustainable growth of March 2018, and in particular its legislative proposal on an EU taxonomy.
With this proposal, currently being discussed by the European Parliament and the Council, the Commission aims to gradually develop a unified EU-wide classification system for environmentally sustainable economic activities.
This is expected to have a major impact on project finance in the future.
During the autumn, the TEG will advise the Commission how to take this feedback forward in developing future EU Taxonomy.
The call for feedback is open to all stakeholders and closes on 13th September 2019.




TEC-1 Chairman retires

Jan Coumans, Chairman of TEC-1 on Standardisation and Regulation, has retired after more than nine years of representing contractors at EU level in the complicated field of harmonised standards.  Jan worked tirelessly for improvements in the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).  He has been replaced by Robin Collard, Lead Digital Construction Developments, from BAM Belgium.  During his final meeting, Jan’s work was acknowledged by the FIEC President, who sent a personal message of tribute and thanks.  (Photo shows Jan Coumans and Robin Collard.)