Conference on European Bauhaus


A two-day conference on the New European Bauhaus will take place on 22 and 23 April, featuring high-level speakers, such as Ursula Von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission.  A draft programme and the registration site is available via the link below.



SUSODCO project – Capacity Building Event  – 15 & 21 April

On 15 and 21 April, the SUSODCO consortium will host a capacity building event, aimed at equipping social dialogue partners with essential communication capacities to support industrial relations in Central and South-Eastern Europe.
This event is targeted at trade unions, employers’ organisations and other social dialogue partners in the construction sector at national, regional and European level.
The SUSODCO project aims to improve the strategic planning and the communication skills of national social dialogues partners in the construction sector in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary and Slovenia.



Towards circular and low-carbon construction

Before the Easter break, FIEC participated in an online event organised by the European Rental Association (ERA) in the context of the EU Industry Week. Representatives from the EU institutions and stakeholders discussed where the sector stands with regard to circularity and low-carbon construction.
As a panelist, Sue Arundale, our Director for Technical and Environmental Affairs, showed how ambitious construction companies already are today and where the obstacles to more sustainable construction lie.
Click on the link below to learn how the sector performs today and where it wants to go.



Self-employed in construction pay a high price for the COVID-19 crisis

According to the new edition of the European Commission’s quarterly review on Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE), published on 26 March, the self-employed have paid a heavy price, often more than employees, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the review, 58% of the self-employed expected the pandemic to have serious financial consequences for them. This average rate was higher than that for the different categories of employees, i.e. 36% for managers, 49% for other white-collar workers and 53% for blue-collar workers.
Also, the self-employed experienced a more pronounced reduction in hours worked than employees.
The authors point out that the sectors most heavily affected by the pandemic are those with a proportionally large share of self-employed workers, such as construction.