With the EU elections approaching, FIEC released it’s Manifesto for Action last month highlighting seven key areas. Watch FIEC President Kjetil Tonning explain our main messages and requests for the next EU term 2019 – 2024.

EP rejects agreement on Social Security

On 18/4, with 291 votes in favour, 284 against and 6 abstentions, the Members of the European Parliament decided that more time is needed to update the rules on the coordination of social security systems and therefore did not endorse the political agreement approved by the delegations of the Council and of the European Parliament during the “trilogue” negotiations.
This means that the revision of the Social Security Régulations will not be finalised under the current legislature and it will be up to the next Parliament to work on this.



FIEC President meets Lithuanian Chancellor

FIEC President Kjetil Tonning met the Chancellor of Lithuania’s government last week, during the conference Digital Transformation of Cities, organised by the Lithuanian Construction Association. Tonning was a keynote speaker at the conference.  He also toured the exhibition and visited many companies, some of which he had met the evening before during a dinner, at which many items were discussed including some of the lobbying activities of FIEC and the challenges facing the Lithuanian construction sector.  After the conference, Tonning participated in a press conference with the Chancellor, Algirdas Stončaitis, the Rector of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Prof. Dr. Alfonsas Daniūnas and the President of the Lithuanian Construction Association, Dalius Gedvilas.

EUROSTAT – construction production up by 2.3% between February and January 2019

In February 2019 compared with January 2019, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 2.3% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
In February 2019 compared with February 2018, production in construction increased by 4.9% in the EU28. In particular, civil engineering rose by 12.8% and building construction by 3.2%.
Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in production in construction were recorded in Hungary (+48.1%), Slovenia (+40.3%) and Poland (+15.1%). Decreases were observed in Spain (-4.7%) and France (-0.5%).