FIEC at Recovery Construction Forum & Rebuild Ukraine, Warsaw
FIEC actively took part in the Recovery Construction Forum 2.0 – and exhibition ReBuild Ukraine, held on 14-15 November in Warsaw, with FIEC President Philip Crampton, with FIEC Honorary President and Chair of the joint Task Force “Ukraine”, Kjetil Tonning and with FIEC Director General, Domenico Campogrande.
President Philip Crampton noted that “Ukraine has already begun to rebuild the infrastructure that has been destroyed as a result of the Russian aggression. In the political field, Ukraine is moving towards joining the EU”, and concluded: “The goal we all strive for is to rebuild a better Ukraine, adhering to international standards.”
FIEC & EFBWW sign Memorandum of Understanding on the sustainable reconstruction of Ukraine
Together with their Ukrainian counterparts, FIEC and EFBWW will continue to cooperate and work together for the implementation of the Memorandum.
FIEC invited to public hearing on EU Soil Monitoring Law
The Soil Monitoring Law aims at establishing a harmonised monitoring framework for soils in the EU and at introducing sustainable management practices. The directive also contains principles to mitigate “land take” and foresees measures to remediate contaminated sites.
EU institutions agree on “Critical Raw Materials Act”
On 13 November, EU institutions found a provisional agreement on the EU’s proposal to boost the supply of strategic raw materials and thereby make the EU more competitive, independent and sovereign.
According to the agreement, long-term partnerships with third countries on critical raw materials will be established, including knowledge and technology transfer and training and upskilling for new jobs.
Moreover, the agreement contains circularity targets to foster the extraction of more strategic raw materials from waste products. Administrative burden for companies, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), will be reduced as much as possible. Large companies exposed to shortages in strategic raw materials will have to regularly carry out a risk assessment of their supply chain.
Provisional agreement on revised Environmental Crimes Directive
The revised directive also foresees stricter sanctions for so-called qualified offences, i.e. those causing the destruction of an ecosystem or habitat within a protected site or damage to air, soil or water quality.
Offenders, including companies and their representatives, can be sentenced to imprisonment or face other sanctions such as: fines, obligations to reinstate the damaged environment or compensate for the damage caused, the withdrawal of licenses, bans on access to public funding, or closure.
The European Parliament and Member States both need to vote on the final text before the directive will be published in the EU’s Official Journal and can enter into force.
Coordination of Social Security systems on the EU Council’s table
Even though most of the Member States do not support the new proposals put forward by the Spanish Presidency, a trilogue meeting will take place on 21 November to make progress in the discussions.
SIDE-CIC project: Survey on Social ID Cards in construction
The information obtained from the survey will serve as a foundation for the work to come (desk research and interviews with national Social Partners, relevant authorities and experts).
DESOCO 2: first Project Meeting
The DESOCO 2 project, which is co-financed by the European Commission, aims at deepening the exchanges between sectoral Social Partners in the Central and Eastern European countries on some specific priorities that are included in the Multi-annual Work Programme of the Social Dialogue.
Ukraine Green Recovery Conference in Vilnius from 28 November to 1st December
From 28 November to 1st December 2023, the European Commission will host a four-day conference in Vilnius on the Green Recovery in Ukraine. It aims to take stock of the challenges ahead and to discuss the strategies and concrete solutions for a green recovery of Ukraine.