FIEC position on Circular Economy Action Plan

FIEC published its position on the new Circular Economy Action Plan last week, highlighting a number of issues including the coherence between various relevant legislation, in particular the Construction Products Regulation; the availability of suitable recycling facilities; the need to stimulate the market for secondary materials and the inextricable link with the digitalisation of construction, which is an enabler for the Action Plan.  FIEC also emphasised that the Plan needs to address the entire built environment and not only buildings.  The position paper can be found on the link below.

European Videoconference on Tackling Undeclared Work In Construction on 24/09

As a member of the EU-funded project Tackling Undeclared Work in the Construction Industry (TUWIC), FIEC, together with EFBWW, is organising a videoconference “Tackling Undeclared Work In Construction” on 24 September 2020 (from 10h00 to 13h30 CST).
The event will be held in English and French and 3 additional languages (to be defined according to the choice of the audience at the registration step).
To discover the agenda and to register, please click below.



Investment Plan for Europe mobilised €514 billion since 2015

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) has mobilised investments of €514 billion across the EU since 2015. Thanks to a budget guarantee from the EU, the European Investment Bank (EIB) was able to finance more and riskier projects than it usually does. 60% of the capital raised stemmed from private resources. According to the EIB, the EFSI financed – amongst other projects – the construction and renovation of 540,000 social and affordable housing units as well as new or improved transport infrastructure. The EFSI inspired the InvestEU pogramme which is part of the EU Recovery Plan.The list of projects financed by the EFSI can be accessed through the link below.



Commission presents new Skills Agenda promoting green and digital skills

On 1st July, the European Commission presented a new Skills Agenda, setting objectives for upskilling and reskilling people for the next 5 years.
Its 12 actions focus on skills for jobs by partnering up with Member States, companies and social partners to work together for change, by empowering people to embark on lifelong learning and by using the EU budget as a catalyst to unlock public and private investment in people’s skills.
In particular, the Commission believes that for a sustainable recovery after the coronavirus pandemic, businesses need workers with the skills required to master the green and digital transitions and people need to be able to get the right education and training to thrive in life.


Commission launches Youth Employment Support scheme

On 1st July, the European Commission presented a new scheme to help young people find a job, which reinforces the existing Youth Guarantee.
With the recovery plan “Next Generation EU” and the future EU budget, the Commission already proposed significant EU financing opportunities for youth employment. It is now for the Member States to prioritise these investments. At least €22 billion should be spent on youth employment support.
This initiative focuses again on promoting green and digital skills, as well as strengthening and modernising vocational education and training, and renewing the impetus for apprenticeships.
For instance, via this scheme, the EU can help fund bonuses for SMEs hiring apprentices.