DigiPLACE Closing Conference

Preparations continue for the final conference of the DigiPLACE project on 27 May. FIEC and 18 other partners look forward to explaining what has been achieved.  High level speakers are expected and contributions from some of the Advisory Board members will show how the project has benefited from the wider involvement of experts outside the immediate value chain.  Some of these are from the software industry, with which future collaboration will be essential, to make this platform a reality.  More information, including the registration link, can be found below.



New President for our Turkish Member TCA


Mr. Erdal EREN was elected President of the Turkish Contractors Association TCA during its 33rd General Assembly, held on 30 March 2021.

The newly elected president previously held this position from 2004 to 2011.  We wish him every success in the challenges that lie ahead. His experience equips him well for this role.

FIEC is looking forward to working with Erdal Eren and continuing the longstanding and constructive cooperation with our Turkish member TCA.



FIEC meets Rapporteur in charge of asbestos report

On 23 April, FIEC met MEP Nikolaj Villumsen (GUE-NGL) who is the Rapporteur of a legislative own-initiative report of the European Parliament on “protecting workers from asbestos” (2019/2182 INL). This report is being prepared ahead of the forthcoming European Commission’s proposal to revise the “Asbestos Directive” (2009/148/EC).In an open and constructive dialogue, FIEC emphasised that the current EU legal framework is sufficient and does not require a stricter occupational exposure limit value (OEL).

FIEC stressed the importance of having an OEL that can effectively be measured and implemented on construction sites.

Also, the EU should focus rather on accompanying measures (e.g. exchange of good practice, prevention campaigns, training, financial support, etc.), which would guarantee national conformity with EU law and help companies comply with the rules.



EU Taxonomy is taking shape

With the adoption of the first Delegated Act last Wednesday by the European Commission, the EU Taxonomy is now finally taking shape after intense discussions between the EU institutions. If Parliament and Council have no objections, it will enter into force. The EU Taxonomy is an extraordinary advance and bears a lot of potential for the construction sector. Still, the criteria need a reality check and the next few years will be important in terms of judging whether the project can have the desired effect.

Within the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance FIEC is now working on the next generation of criteria to be added to the Taxonomy. For construction, these will mainly address circular economy and biodiversity.


28 April – International Workers Memorial Day – FIEC and EFBWW together for healthy and safe workplaces

In the context of the International Workers Memorial Day on 28 April, the EU sectoral social partners for the construction industry, FIEC and the EFBWW, have signed a joint statement on healthy and safe workplaces.The two organisations are committed to supporting the recognition of healthy and safe workplaces as a fundamental right by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). A global consensus for such a change will encourage the application of good occupational health and safety standards and discourage countries and companies from seeking a competitive advantage based on substandard conditions and practices.