FIEC President intervenes in the European Parliament
- Today companies have difficulties in finding the right workers with the right skills. There is therefore a need to focus on training and education, reskilling and upskilling of workers.
- Digitalisation is not as an objective in itself, but rather a tool to help construction companies in implementing and achieving their objectives in the most optimal and efficient manner. There is therefore a need to accelerate the implementation of digitalisation in construction, ensuring that no one is left behind and therefore putting a particular attention to supporting SMEs.
- There is a need for a coherent, integrated and realistic legislative framework.
Federica Brancaccio elected New President of our Italian Member Federation ANCE
FIEC wishes all the best to Federica Brancaccio and is looking forward to continuing with her the longstanding constructive cooperation with our Italian Member currently represented in the FIEC Steering Committee by ANCE Vice-President Piero Petrucco.
A credit crunch for construction projects ?
The European Parliament presents its draft report on proposal for recast EPBD
On 6th June, the rapporteur in the responsible Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament, Ciaran Cuffe (Greens/EFA/Ireland), submitted his draft report on the proposal for a recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). The draft report goes well beyond the Commission’s proposal in many areas.
It introduces, e.g., additional social safeguards and a proper regulatory, financial and advisory framework to support renovations for low and middle-income households. It also strengthens the ‘district level’ approach, which, according to the report, “will lead to a quicker and cheaper decarbonisation of the building stock”.
Most importantly, the draft report foresees that whole life-cycle emissions of buildings should progressively be considered in line with a EU methodology to be established by the Commission, for which Member States should determine whole life-cycle greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
In addition, the rapporteur proposes a new definition for ‘sufficiency policies’, ‘one-step deep renovations’ or ‘energy plus buildings’. It is also noteworthy that minimum targets for the use of secondary raw materials are introduced for Member States.
EU adopts sixth package of sanctions against Russia
Temporary measures should allow the EU and its partners to secure alternative supplies and also minimise the impact on global oil prices. This is particularly important as several EU industries have been hit hard by soaring energy prices.