Eurostat – Slight growth in the construction sector

 

In September 2019, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector rose by 0.3% in the European Union compared to August 2019, according to Eurostat. The driver for this slight increase is civil engineering which increased by 1.8% while building construction decreased by 0.1%.
In comparison to September 2018, the increase in production in construction amounts to 0.3% with building construction unchanged and civil engineering increasing by 2.4%. The highest growth is to be seen in Romania where production rose by 28.9% while the sharpest decrease can be observed in Spain where production fell by 10% compared to September 2018.

 

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DigiPLACE Advisory Board meeting and launch conference

The first meeting of the Advisory Board for the DigiPLACE project took place last week in Bologna. DigiPLACE is an EU project, aimed at finding out what users need from an EU-wide digital platform for the construction industry. The platform would provide an operating system, open and accessible to all relevant users, to connect the many national platforms being developed. It would also enable interoperability with many other applications, such as those used for Building Information Modelling (BIM). The project’s Advisory Board is made up of around 30 experts and is chaired by FIEC. As well as construction companies, IT providers, the public sector, companies from other industries and related industry federations are amongst the participants. The launch conference took place the following day. More information can be found below.

 

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FIEC participates in first meeting of ELA’s Stakeholder Group

On 22nd November, FIEC participated in the first meeting of the Stakeholder Group of the European Labour Authority.
This first meeting was aimed at discussing the draft work programme of the ELA for 2020, ahead of its formal adoption by the Management Board on 3rd December.
The two main priorities for 2020 are to facilitate access to information – for all parties, via a single website covering all the fields within the scope of the Authority – and to coordinate and support concerted and joint inspections (voluntary).

 

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Last steps towards the appointment of the new European Commission

On 25/11 the Council of Ministers adopted a new list of people whom it proposes for appointment as members of the Commission until 31 October 2024This paves the way for the vote of consent in the European Parliament on the entire Commission as a body.If on 27/11, as foreseen, the European Parliament votes in favour, it will then be up to the Council to reapprove the final list. A qualified majority is sufficient for the Commission to then take power.

The new Commission will have three executive vice-presidents namely Frans Timmermans, Margrethe Vestager and Valdis Dombrokvskis, and will most probably be in place officially on 1/12/2019.