DigiPLACE project kicks off

The partners of the DigiPLACE project met in Brussels for the kick-off meeting last week. The project aims to create a reference architecture framework for a digital industrial platform for the construction industry, the purpose of which is to link existing national BIM platforms and applications that are used in digital construction.  The project has been funded by the European Commission (DG Connect) and will last for 18 months.  FIEC will co-ordinate the Advisory Board.  More information about the project can be found below.




New colleague at FIEC!

A new colleague has joined the FIEC team!Karl Thies is our Junior Policy Officer for the Economic and Legal Affairs Commission.

His university education was rich and varied:

  • 2019: Masters in European Studies at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
  • 2017: 1st  year of the Masters programme Franco-German Political Science at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany
  • 2015: Studies at the Political Studies Institute in Rennes, France, for the BA Franco-German Political Science programme (Scholarship of the Franco German University)
  • 2016: Bachelor of Arts in Franco-German Political Science at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany

He speaks German, French and English.

We are looking forward to working with Karl and we wish him all the best!


Production in construction down by 0.3% in EU28

In June 2019, compared with May 2019, seasonally adjusted figures for production in the construction sector remained unchanged in the euro area (EA19) and decreased by 0.3% in the EU28, according to EUROSTAT estimates.
In June 2019, compared with June 2018, production in construction increased by 1.0% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU28.
In the euro area in June 2019, compared with June 2018, building construction increased by 1.5% and civil engineering by 0.8%. In the EU28, civil engineering rose by 1.4% and building construction by 0.5%.
Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were observed in Romania (+23.3%), Hungary (+20.2%) and Slovenia (+5.5%). Decreases were recorded in Slovakia (-2.1%), the United Kingdom (-2.0%), Sweden (-0.9%) and Belgium (-0.3%).


#EU2019FI – FIEC Manifesto discussion in Helsinki

The Directors General of FIEC, Domenico Campogrande, and of its Finnish member CFCI, Aleksi Randell, presented FIEC’s Manifesto for the EU term 2019-2024 to the Minister of Environment of Finland, Krista Mikkonen.  The country currently holds the EU Presidency. They underlined the key role that the construction industry plays in building the sustainable Europe of tomorrow and the need to keep it at the core of the agenda of the new Commission.