Cosmin Boiangiu appointed Executive Director of the European Labour Authority

On 22nd October, the European Authority’s Management Board appointed Cosmin Boiangiu new Executive Director of the European Labour Authority (ELA).Cosmin Boiangiu has been Romania’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU since 2016. In this capacity, amongst other responsibilities, he coordinated the negotiations on behalf of the EU Council for the Regulation establishing ELA, the Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions, the Directive on work-life balance, and other Directives related to employment, social and labour policies.

Mr. Boiangiu is expected to take office at the beginning of 2021 for a mandate of five years, renewable once.

As Member of the ELA’s Stakeholders’ Group, FIEC is looking forward to collaborating with Mr. Boiangiu in the next few years.



FIEC joins #BUILDINGLIFE campaign

FIEC has joined the #BuildingLife campaign, which was recently launched with the support of several MEPs. The campaign calls for action on the total environmental impact of buildings – both carbon and resource related – across the entire lifecycle.  It supports relevant policy developments at EU and national level.  FIEC will appoint an ambassador for the campaign.  In the meantime, further information can be found in the launch video, by clicking on the link below.



SURE instrument gets underway

On 27th October, Commissioner for Budget and Administration Johannes Hahn visited the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, where he and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel took part in a bell ringing ceremony that marked the listing of the first issue of SURE social bonds.

In total, the European Commission will issue social bonds worth €100 billion to finance the European instrument for temporary support for national short-time work schemes (SURE).

To this end, the European Commission has adopted a framework, the Social Bond Framework, in order to guarantee to investors that the funds raised are channelled to social objectives, from project selection to reporting. This approach will allow investors to direct funds towards a clearly identified objective: the social needs of Member States in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the SURE instrument will soon have reached full capacity. Until now, the EU Council has already approved total financial support amounting to €87.9 billion for 17 Member States.


Construction Alliance 2050 public event on 2/12/2020: Save the Date

The Construction Alliance 2050 comprises 46 European organisations involved in the construction process (builders, workers, products and machinery manufacturers, etc.) and aims to raise the political profile of the construction sector inside the EU Institutions.The Alliance will organise a public event (online) on 2/12/2020 from 14h30 until 16h30. You can already save this date in your diary.

The event will focus on the key role of the construction sector in the national recovery and resilience plans and in particular on the Renovation Wave. In addition to the representatives of the sector, speakers from the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States have already confirmed their presence.

The invitation and programme will be sent out soon.