EP approves the revised Posting Directive


On 29/5/2018 during its plenary session in Strasbourg the European Parliament approved the political agreement reached during the “trilogue” negotiations with the Council on the revision of the “Posting of workers” Directive. In order to be formally adopted the modified Directive now needs the formal approval by the Council, which is just a formality as the COREPER already approved the agreement.
The formal vote in the Council will take place in June and the Member States will then have 2 years to implement the new provisions.

Will the new Directive effectively introduce substantive improvement, as many are claiming ?

Probably not in the construction industry (which represents 43% of postings) :

  • controls for the application of the principle of “equal pay for equal work in the same place” will need significant political will and resources
  • the maximum duration of 12+6 months will only concern a small share of construction worksites (the vast majority of which lasts for 3-4 months on average)
  • the provisions related to travel and lodging allowances mainly transpose into the directive the existing rulings of the European Court of Justice
  • the differences in social security contributions have not been addressed, as they are covered by other EU legislations. 



FIEC Press Conference 20 June 

Construction industry outlook: “skyscraping” or “rubble”?


FIEC cordially invites journalists and communication officers to its Press Conference on Wednesday, 20thJune 2018 in Brussels.
On the basis of the latest overview of construction activity in the EU (FIEC Statistical Report), the Press Conference will address some key challenges for the long term sustainability of the sector, namely:

  • Construction 4.0: How is digitalisation shaping the sector?
  • Posting of workers: What effective impact will the new modified Directive have on mobility?
  • China Challenge: Is it just about fair competition?
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact FIEC.
Registration is required, so please contact FIEC, by phone (0032 2 514 55 35) or by email (info@fiec.eu


Industry manifesto on digitalisation

Several European associations representing different professions in the construction value chain have pledged to collaborate to transform the industry. In a joint manifesto “Smarter Construction, Stronger Economy, Inclusive Society”  the co-signatories stress the need for co-operation between the main industry players and other relevant sectors, in particular the IT industry. The manifesto also asks EU policy makers to take the political lead and provide an appropriate regulatory framework on data policy and financial framework for the skills, research and development and IT infrastructure that are all necessary to make the widespread implementation of digital construction a reality.




1st European conference
‘BIM and energy performance of buildings’



A conference will be held on Monday 25 June, on the theme of BIM and the energy performance of buildings. The event is being organised by INIVE EEIG on behalf of the QUALICHeCK platform.  More than 140 attendees have already confirmed their participation and there are only a few seats left.  More information can be found below.