Commissioner Mariya Gabriel addresses FIEC General Assembly

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, responsible for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, opened FIEC’s General Assembly meeting on 20th November with a keynote speech.The portfolios under her responsibility are crucial for the construction industry, in particular in the light of the EU Green Deal and the digital transition.

Commissioner Gabriel urged the industry to be more vocal and more present in the EU research programmes, as well as in the new European Bauhaus initiative.

She insisted on the need to invest in skills and education and to strengthen the links with universities.

Finally, Commissioner Gabriel invited FIEC to have regular dialogue with her.

ECSO publishes new information on occupational safety and health (OSH) in construction

Last week, the European Construction Sector Observatory of the European Commission published a study on investing into OSH and its benefits for construction companies, as well as 10 new OSH policy fact sheets.The study examined the overall impacts of OSH prevention on the economic performance of construction companies, at micro-economic level. As a result, a Financial Tool was developed to calculate the return on investment in OSH for a company, with a number of illustrative case studies from companies across the EU.

The policy fact sheets focus on the national OSH policies influencing the development of the construction sector in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Latvia, Poland, Sweden and the UK.



Commission gives insight into TEN-T revision


In a recently published document the European Commission sets out its plans regarding the revision of the guidelines for the development of the trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). This entails a proposal FIEC has long been advocating for: the introduction of quality requirements to ensure the safety of structures such as bridges. If implemented, this would trigger a series of maintenance operations along the EU’s transport network.



German Presidency conference: FIEC insists that CE marking of construction products is misunderstood

At a major conference on the future of the Construction Products Regulation last week (CPR 305/2011), hosted by the German Presidency, FIEC speaker Lars Meyer reminded delegates that the CE marking of construction products is misunderstood and that it does not have the same meaning as CE marking of other products in the EU.  Speaking during a panel session, Mr Meyer also explained why the Regulation is not working for contractors and why none of the future options for the CPR proposed by the European Commission will solve the problems experienced by the industry.  FIEC is currently working with other EU federations Construction Products Europe, Small Business Standards and European Builders Confederation to propose joint solutions for the revision of the Regulation.  All four organisations recently published a joint discussion document, which was also shared with the European Parliament Rapporteur for this file, Christian Doleschal MEP.  Further information can be found by following the link below.