Appeal by the construction industry for a rapid and sustainable recovery

In view of the European Summit, the EU sectoral social partners of the construction industry, FIEC and EFBWW, together with 5 other main EU organisations launched an appeal for a rapid and sustainable recovery.Stimulating construction activities needs to be at the heart of economic recovery plans both at EU and national levels, because without the construction sector the European Union cannot respond to its main challenges in terms of competitiveness, youth unemployment, digital economy, energy efficiency and energy poverty, circular economy, affordable housing, climate change, clean mobility and connected infrastructure.

The signatories urge the Heads of State and Government and the Member States to rapidly approve the proposed Recovery Plan and robustly implement all its various components.

They also ask that the adequate policy framework, instruments and procedures be put in place, in order to ensure that Member States can make the best possible use of the funding available and that such funding effectively reaches the real economy in the shortest possible time frame.


Public consultation on Renovation Wave

The European Commission has opened a public consultation on the Renovation Wave, specifically on boosting the rate of renovation of existing buildings and the barriers that prevent more building owners from investing in this important activity.  Part of the European Green Deal, the Renovation Wave is critical to decarbonisation of the economy on the one hand and a major contributor to the Recovery Plan following the Covid-19 crisis on the other.  The survey contains questions related to financing of renovation, access to information, the role of public authorities etc.  The deadline for submissions is 9 July and the survey can be accessed on the link below.

Let’s join us! FIEC, EBC and EFBWW, the EU partners in the Construction Blueprint project, call all interested stakeholders to join the Construction Blueprint Sectoral Skills Alliance on LinkedIn! On this platform, we will discuss the current and future trends of digital and green skills in the construction industry!

Eurofound publishes report on state of social dialogue in EU

On 9th June, Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, published a report on the involvement of national (cross-sectoral) social partners in policymaking in 2019.According to the study, social dialogue is effective in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden. Social dialogue can be improved in Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Finally, social dialogue “appears to have stagnated” in Greece, Hungary and Romania.