PEDMEDE’s President sadly passed away


On the eve of our annual congress held mid-May, we learnt of the sudden death of Michail Daktylidis, President of our Greek member federation, PEDMEDE. It was with great emotion that all participants paid tribute to him during the FIEC General Assembly on 16 May.

Michail Daktylidis had been involved in PEDMEDE (Panhellenic Association of Engineers Contractors) for many years, first as Vice-President from 2005 to 2017. He then became President of PEDMEDE since 2017.

At the European level, he has been FIEC Vice-President for 8 years, from 2014 to 2022.

We will always remember his smile and kindness. He will be missed by all who had the good chance to know him.

All our thoughts are with his family and all his colleagues at PEDMEDE at this time of great sadness.



FIEC takes part in online debate on new EPBD

FIEC, through its German member federation, the Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie (HDB), participated last week in an online debate with the European Commission and other organisations on the new EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).”We need a much more industrialised and efficient approach to renovation and we see our companies already moving in this direction. The EPBD has the potential to increase the competitiveness of the European construction sector and industry. Our focus must now be on implementation,” said Adrian Heyer, Head of the HDB’s Brussels office, at the event organised by Euractiv.

The European Commission stressed the importance of a dynamic, democratic and inclusive discussion at national level on the national building renovation plans that Member States will have to submit to the European Commission.

It also stressed the importance for Member States to identify the remaining barriers to building renovation and to link buildings to energy and mobility sectors/systems.

You can watch the recorded debate via this YouTube link.

Pact for Skills – 6 June: Networking event for members and potential members

The European Commission is organising an online event on 6 June 2024 (from 10:00 to 15:00 CEST) to provide essential information about the Pact for Skills and its benefits. This event is open to everyone and is aimed to facilitate networking opportunities among the Pact stakeholders.The morning session will include a plenary session with presentations from the European Commission, the Pact for Skills Support Services and a panel discussion with practical examples from Pact members.
In the afternoon, attendees will be able to organise one-to-one meetings and short networking sessions. There will also be several information sessions to learn more about aspects of the Pact.

SIDE-CIC Project Workshop in Brussels

On 23 May, FIEC and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW), with the support of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP), successfully organised the kick-off workshop for the EU-funded project “Social Identity Cards in Construction” (SIDE-CIC).The agenda for the day was packed with insightful presentations and panel discussions covering various aspects of the project:

  • Key findings from the mapping exercise of social identity cards in the construction sector across the European Economic Area;
  • Presentations on of two existing social identity cards in France and Belgium;
  • Perspective from the European Labour Authority on the enforcement activities in the construction sector and the usefulness of social identity cards;
  • Next steps of the project including a feasibility study on the interconnectivity of the existing national schemes.
To know more about the project, please check the link below.



EU Green Week 2024 focuses on water resilience

In the face of recurring water crises, the EU Green Week 2024, taking place on 29 and 30 May, will discuss what is needed to make the EU more water resilient now and in the future.

At the conference, guest speakers will discuss different aspects of integrated water management. This includes topics such as promoting a water smart economy in the EU, addressing the challenges of restoring and securing the disrupted water cycle, ensuring widespread access to clean and affordable water and sanitation, and international water cooperation.

FIEC promotes the idea of a European Blue Deal and encourages its members to participate in the EU Green Week.

Participation is possible remotely and live streaming is available on the conference website.