DeSoCo project – European Social Dialogue Meeting


On 4 June the EU sectoral social partners for the construction industry, FIEC and the EFBWW, in cooperation with the Latvian social partners, organised a thematic workshop focusing on the impacts of the green and digital transitions on skills in the construction industry. The discussions also addressed the key role of bodies such as sectoral experts councils and paritarian funds, for training for a better anticipation of skills needs and the improvement of the training content. There were presentations from Spain (Fundación Laboral de la Construcción), Germany (SoKa Bau) and Belgium (Constructiv).

The DESOCO project (DEcentralised thematic SOcial dialogue for the COnstruction industry), co-financed by the European Commission (DG EMPL), aims at deepening the exchanges between sectoral social partners on some specific priorities included in the multi-annual work programme of our social dialogue.

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Member States agree on International Procurement Instrument


Last week, after almost 10 years, the EU Member States reached a compromise on the Regulation that would put in place the International Procurement Instrument (IPI). While the IPI is proclaimed as a proactive and ambitious tool, the Member States’ text still contains significant loopholes that put into the question the EU’s intention of achieving reciprocity in market access. It is now also up to the European Parliament to push for an effective Regulation.

While many foreign public procurement markets are closed to European construction companies, third country companies operate freely in the Single Market.



Final approval for EU recovery spending

Now that EU Member States formally ratified the financial resources for the EU budget, the EU can start making available funds under the Recovery and Resilience Facility. The ratifications allow the EU to start borrowing money on the capital markets. The next step will be the assessment of the national recovery and resilience plans by the European Commission and their approval by the Council of the EU.



Data Act Road Map open for feedback


The European Commission has published an Inception Impact Assessment (Road Map) on the Data Act (including the review of the Directive 96/9/EC on the legal protection of databases). The initiative could have implications for B2B access to and sharing of data.  The consultation period is open until 25 June.  It will be followed by a full public consultation later in the year.