Germany faces another bridge collapse

Because of strucrueal problems a bridge over half-a-century old on the A45 in Germany (near Lüdenscheid) will have to be demolished. As a result, traffic on this route, which connects northern and southern Germany, will be interrupted for at least five years. Tim-Oliver Müller, Chief Executive of the Hauptverband Der Deutschen Bauindustrie (HDB), considers this to be another example of a nationwide traffic disaster in Germany.

HDB is calling for a task force of politicians, clients and practitioners to jointly anticipate the imminent collapse of bridges. Indeed, more than 10 percent of the total bridge area in Germany received the grade of “insufficient” or “inadequate” according a 2020 report by the Federal Ministry of Transport.



Webinar on successful cooperation between labour inspectorates and social partners

On 2nd February 2022, the EU Platform tackling undeclared work (now part of the European Labour Authority) will discuss approaches for successful cooperation between labour inspectorates and social partners to promote fair competition and declared work; ways to overcome limited capacity and resources; and concrete measures to develop and implement jointly.

The Platform will present the outcomes of works which have been undertaken on this issue in 2021 and participants will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and further discuss the learning points.



European Commission advises Member States on learning for sustainability

On 14 January, the European Commission published new recommendations to support Member States when it comes to education and training schemes for environmental sustainability. Life-long learning with regard to sustainability, climate change and environment is an essential part of the EU Green Deal and key to make the green transition a reality. However, the European Commission’s impact being limited in this policy area, it is upon Member States and their authorities to take concrete action, including in construction to support the way to a carbon neutral built environment.



Save the date!! A new Webinar on 2nd February

On 2nd February 2022, (from 10h00 to 12h00), the European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP) is hosting an online dissemination Webinar titled “Skills of posted workers in the construction sector and opportunities from the validation of competences and vocational training”, which will gather the sector key stakeholders, employment policies experts and representatives of the EU institutions.
FIEC Director General, Domenico Campogrande, is taking part in the speakers’ panel.

This webinar is part of a project entitled “Youth Employment Skillset (YES) in Posting” and coordinated by the AEIP.

The Consortium’s members of the project will also seize the opportunity to present latest achievements and policy outputs at EU and national level, including policy recommendations and a EU Background Paper on Posting and Skills.
To find out more about the Youth Employment Skillset in Posting (YES) project, visit the website