Hundreds dropped in to DigiPLACE Conference
More than 600 participants registered for the DigiPLACE closing conference last Thursday. Speakers included Daniel Mes, Advisor to European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Dr. Joao Neves, Secretary of State & Deputy Minister for Economy of Portugal.
FIEC’s First Vice-President Philip Crampton joined a panel to discuss future EU support for the digital transition of the construction industry.
The project has now come to an end, but the conference concluded that there is strong support and enthusiasm from involved stakeholders to continue working together to make a digital platform at EU level a success.
Increasing presence of State-Owned Enterprises shown on interactive map
FIEC, in cooperation with EIC (European International Contractors), EuDA (European Dredging Association) and UNIFE (European Rail Supply Industry), has launched an interactive map of Europe to show the location of construction projects bid for by State-Owned Enterprises from third countries.
For some time, FIEC has highlighted the issue of State-Owned Enterprises from third countries bidding for and winning public contracts, including EU-funded projects.
Now the extent of their growing presence can be easily seen on the map available on the link below.
EURODETACHEMENT project – final conference
On 21 May, the final conference of the Eurodetachement project took place. The aim of this project was to promote and facilitate cooperation between social partners and labour inspection services, over posting of workers.
The conference highlighted that during the 11 years of existence of this initiative many objectives were achieved: awareness on the issue of undeclared work was raised, better understanding of the issues was enabled, informal contacts were intensified, good practice was shared, cooperation was enhanced, etc. However, future challenges still remain, including the preservation of interactions between the concerned stakeholders and the strengthening of informal contacts to increase mutual trust. The need for more robust sanctions was also raised as well as the need for more effective inspections.