Save the Date – Webinar on Future of Mobility on 14 October

The emergence of new mobility patterns and models (autonomous, connected, sustainable, soft and urban mobility…) represents a major challenge but also significant opportunities for the road infrastructure sector.
Within this framework, in March 2019 the ERF (European Union Road Federation), the French Road Federation (Routes de France), the French Federation for Public Works (FNTP) and the Confederation of International Contractors’ Associations (CICA) initiated an international benchmarking study to assess the impact of the new mobility revolution and suggest how road infrastructure should address it.
Final outputs of the study will be unveiled and debated during the conference, hosted by MEP Dominique Riquet. The event will bring together stakeholders from different sectors to break down existing silos and promote a constructive dialogue for the benefit of all road users, and thus shape the future of road infrastructure.
A draft agenda is available, and registration will be open soon.

 

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European Conference on Undeclared Work in the Construction Industry

On 24 September, FIEC and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) will hold an online conference on Undeclared Work in the Construction Industry.
The Conference is part of the European week of action to raise awareness and promote the benefits of declared work: #EU4FairWork.
According to the latest Eurobarometer survey (2019), 21% of all undeclared jobs were to be found in the construction sector.
Undeclared work in the construction industry remains a major challenge for the whole sector, as it affects good and safe working conditions for workers, fair competition between construction companies and the long-term financial sustainability of national social security and tax systems.
The Conference will be the starting point for a long-term commitment to tackle Undeclared Work in the construction industry.
You are invited to take a look at the agenda and to register for the conference via the ‘Read More’ button.
Besides senior FIEC and EFBWW representatives, the event will be joined by Lucia Nicholsonová, Chair of the EMPL Committee of the European Parliament and Jordi Curell, Director of Labour Mobility at the European Commission (DG EMPL) and Interim Executive Director of the European Labour Authority (ELA).

 

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#SOTEU – EU Commission President recognises important role of construction industry

On 16th September, EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen delivered her first «State of the Union» speech in front of the European Parliament.
Not surprisingly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, she emphasised the EU recovery plan «NextGenerationEU» and the digital and green transitions.
She specifically mentioned the construction sector as having a key role to play in the context of climate change, key words being «circular economy» and «energy efficiency of buildings».
With this backdrop, the much anticipated «Renovation Wave» is expected to be published by mid-October.

 

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Sustainable Products Initiative consultation

The European Commission has launched a consultation on the Sustainable Products Policy Legislative Initiative, which was announced in the Circular Economy Action Plan in March this year. Aimed at reducing waste and in particular eliminating built-in obsolescence, the initiative is important to the construction sector and is likely to have an impact.  Firstly, the Ecodesign Directive is likely to be extended in scope and secondly, all of this is taking place at a time when the Construction Products Regulation (305/2011) is under review.  Therefore FIEC will need to follow this closely. For the construction sector, the initiative is likely to target steel, cement and chemicals. Amongst other measures being considered are: establishing overarching product sustainability principles, mandatory sustainability labelling and measures to ban the destruction of unsold durable goods. The consultation on the Road Map is open until 2 November.  Further information can be found on the link below.

 

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