Successful launch of the campaign against undeclared work in construction

On 24th September, the European sectoral social partners FIEC and EFBWW held a high level virtual conference on undeclared work in construction, attended by more than 200 participants.
On this occasion, FIEC and EFBWW presented joint recommendations to tackle undeclared work in construction.
FIEC Vice-President for Social Affairs, Joël Schons, insisted that: «With undeclared work, everybody loses: companies, workers, clients, public authorities. Therefore, all stakeholders need to get involved in fighting this phenomenon.»
The Conference was part of the European week of action to raise awareness and promote the benefits of declared work: #EU4FairWork.
It is also the starting point of a sector-specific prevention campaign to be followed on social media.

 

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FIEC’s contribution to upcoming Mobility Strategy

On 23rd September, FIEC finalised its contribution to the upcoming European Commission’s Mobility Strategy. In response to a public consultation, we submitted our paper underlining the need to put the quality of transport infrastructure and its further development at the core of the future strategy to achieve an efficient, safe and sustainable transport system.

 

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FIEC’s reaction to White Paper on Foreign Subsidies

In the context of a public consultation, FIEC submitted its reaction to the European Commission’s White Paper on Foreign Subsidies. FIEC welcomes the initiative of the European Commission and considers it to be, together with the forthcoming International Procurement Instrument (IPI), a decisive step towards ensuring fair competition in public procurement procedures. Some shortcomings and lack of clarity should be resolved to make the eventual instrument an effective tool.

 

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DigiPLACE identifies uses for industry platform

The DigiPLACE project, which has been running for almost a year, is making progress.  Possible uses for the eventual EU-wide digital platform for the construction industry have been identified after a number of working group meetings with stakeholders from the industry. Some of these experts are involved in the Advisory Board, others are involved in the project as partners.  Amongst the use cases selected are the publication of standards in a publicly available repository; digitalised building permit applications and delivery, with semi-automated compliance checking; easy and harmonised access to local, national or European construction rules; and many others.  The findings of the project will not be published until after its completion in 2021, but interested stakeholders can follow the progress of the project already, by joining the Community of Stakeholders.  Further information can be found on the DigiPLACE website, by clicking on the link below.

 

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