FIEC gets a seat in the newly created EU “Industrial Forum”

The European Commission (DG GROW) decided to set up a new Expert Group named “Industrial Forum” in the framework of the “New Industrial Strategy for Europe”, with the aim of, amongst others things:
  • advising the Commission on the implementation of the industrial strategy and issuing regular reports on the implementation progress
  • contributing to the Commission’s analysis of the main industrial ecosystems (one of them being “construction”) and monitoring their state of play.

Out of almost 150 applications received the Commission selected 55 members representing a wide selection of various industrial ecosystems, academia, civil society and others, for a mandate until end 2024.

FIEC is proud to have been selected among these 55 members and our Director General, Domenico Campogrande will be our representative.This is a clear recognition of the importance of the construction industry in the EU priorities and of the representativeness of FIEC, both in terms of countries as well as of companies, from small family businesses to large international groups, covering all types of construction activities..



Holistic, deep and digital renovation is right approach


FIEC publishes its position on the Renovation Wave today, with a detailed document that responds to the many aspects covered in the Communication, published last October.  In short, FIEC supports the overall approach, but remains cautious about some measures, including the proposed revision of the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD 2018/844).  Stressing the need for industry involvement in the setting of Mandatory Minimum Energy Performance Standards and material recovery targets, FIEC calls for material and technology neutrality to be maintained.  It also calls on the public sector to take the lead, by launching its own renovation effort, identifying public buildings for immediate improvements.  Further information can be found on the link below.



EU guidance on adapting workplaces and protecting workers during COVID-19

In a world of work severely affected by the current pandemic, employers and workers have to implement new procedures and practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace

Occupational safety and health (OSH) offers practical support for adapting work to the new circumstances, and contributes to suppressing transmission of COVID-19. To help in this process, EU-OSHA has just released a revision of the OSH EU guidance that was published last year.

The document includes examples of measures, which can help employers achieve an appropriate safe and healthy work environment when undertaking or resuming activities.