FIEC President at “Policy Meets Property” conference

FIEC President Kjetil Tonning was a panellist at a session entitled “Combining perspectives to achieve cost-effective decarbonisation of buildings”, during the Policy Meets Property conference last week.  The event took place during Sustainable Energy Week. Following keynote speeches by Commissioners Oettinger and Cañete, responsible for Budget and Human Resources and Climate Action and Energy respectively, Tonning stressed the need for collaboration with other industries in the construction ecosystem and outlined how contractors can help to decarbonise buildings.   Amongst other things, he mentioned the need to “move towards digital construction as fast as possible” and to “participate in the future Horizon Europe programme, to find new ways of achieving decarbonisation.”


EU-OSHA : Healthy Workplaces Summit – 12-13/11/2019

The EU-OSHA Campaign Summit “Healthy Workplaces – Manage Dangerous Substances” will be held on 12 and 13 November 2019 in Bilbao (ES).The Summit will bring together leading European experts and decision makers to discuss the results of the two-year campaign, of which FIEC is a partner, exchange good practices and explore future strategies for addressing the challenges of managing dangerous substances in European enterprises. The event also features the “Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards Ceremony”, putting the spotlight on the award-winning and commended good practice examples from this Europe-wide competition.

Workshop sessions will cover the topics of :

  1. Carcinogens at work – effective prevention practices and policies,
  2. Successful interventions by third parties in workplaces,
  3. Sustainable management and substitution of dangerous substances in production processes and
  4. Main challenges for effective prevention – the best way forward.




12 Member States failed to implement electronic invoicing in public procurement


Earlier this month, the European Commission sent a letter of formal notice to 12 Member States to ensure rapid compliance with Directive 2014/55/EU relating to electronic invoicing in the context of public procurement.
These countries are: Cyprus, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
This Directive aims to speed up and automate electronic invoices and payments by companies and thereby make it easier for them to manage their contracts.
By 17th April 2019 at the latest, public procurement authorities should have been in compliance with the provisions of the Directive and able to receive and process electronic invoices accordingly, which was not the case for the States mentioned.
This is in spite of the European Commission’s investment of 33 million euros to assist Member States in this implementation process.
The 12 Member States now have two months to reply to the Commission.