24 March: Construction 2050 Alliance event on Raw Materials
Last call for registration

A few days still left to register for the online event hosted by the Construction 2050 Alliance – with a special focus on ‘’Sustainable access to primary and secondary raw materials’’ – at the following link:

Click below to download the programme:

Further details and updates are available on the #EUConstruction2050 Website:

Construction Blueprint – Join the Sectoral Skills Alliance!


The “Blueprint for a sectoral cooperation on skills” is a project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme aiming to develop a sectoral strategic approach with the objective of strengthening the cooperation on skills in the construction industry and thereby ensuring a better matching between the skills needs of companies and those provided by the training schemes.
The essential condition to get a sound implementation of the Skills Blueprint is to have a strong Sector Skills Alliance (SSA) between all the concerned stakeholders. It is an opportunity to connect stakeholders within and outside the project partnership to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences. One of its key priorities is to set up a professional network with common interests and a shared goal, namely to improve the skills and competences in the construction industry.

If you are interested to join the Blueprint SSA, please read more about it here!

FIEC to speak at PES conference 2022

On 7-8 April, the PES network – which gathers the European public employment services – will hold its Annual Conference. This year’s event will address labour and skills shortages with a view to prepare for Europe’s future labour market.
The debate will explore the drivers behind labour and skills shortages and what PES and partners can do to help. Key topics will include the ‘twin transitions’ of green and digital transformation, as well as how to promote more social and fair employment.FIEC Vice-President, Joël Schons, in charge of Social Affairs, will intervene in the session on “Building resilience – addressing labour market shortages in specific economic sectors“.



Provisional agreement to improve reciprocal access to public procurement

The European Parliament and the Council have reached an agreement on the International Procurement Instrument (IPI) that will give the EU greater leverage to get access to public procurement markets outside the EU. This agreement followed the final trialogue in Brussels on March 14th.The EU public procurement market is one of the most accessible in the world. Notwithstanding, many of the EU’s major trading partners apply restrictive and discriminatory practices in their markets that adversely affect EU businesses. The IPI aims at tackling this problem by empowering the EU to initiate investigations in cases of alleged restrictions for EU companies in third country procurement markets.

Among the measures the Commission could take is the application of restrictions to the EU’s own procurement markets in the form of adjustments in the way tenders from the country concerned are assessed, or by excluding certain tenders from the country concerned. Nevertheless, these measures would be of last resort. The Commission wouls first need to initiate an investigation while also inviting the country concerned for consultations on the opening of its procurement market.



Bridges to connect people: a vital network!

Transport infrastructure is vital for mobility in our daily life. Networks developed around land, rail, or river infrastructures represent our social, economic, and strategic links. Our infrastructure must be adapted to the national and local environmental resilience to overcome a series of natural obstacles such as mountains, valleys, and waterways.
The EU has a dense network of bridges and tunnels. However, a large part of this existing infrastructure is now ageing and coming under increasing pressure due to a rise in traffic flows. To add to this issue, the lack of proper level of investment in maintenance has led to the deterioration of transport infrastructure as demonstrated by the collapse or frequent closure of bridges.With that in mind, a conference will take place in Brussels on Friday 3rd June 2022, in cooperation with FIEC, on the issue of “Bridge Maintenance and Safety in Europe  A lever to ecological transition”. The event will gather national experts and representatives from the European institutions.

For more details and to register, please get in contact with Karine Lhuillier:

You will find the preliminary programme on FIEC Website.


On 24 and 25 March, the European Alliance for Apprenticeships will organise a joint hybrid event titled ‘The voice of apprentices in the European Year of Youth 2022’. It will focus on the role of apprentices and their representation across the EU. Participants will hear about the European Apprentices Network and its contribution to the 2022 European Year of Youth, how to make apprenticeships more attractive for young people and much more.