FIEC participates in “symposium” on revised CPR in Berlin
In addition, the event gathered representatives from the industry (e.g., FIEC member, Zentralverband des Deutschen Baugewerbes) and from the academic sphere.
Overall, the speakers and participants agreed that the proposal for a revised CPR is complex and that a major overhaul is needed. The Czech Presidency announced it would present a first compromise proposal on some aspects of the CPR on 7th November.
BIM-SPEED Final General Assembly
18 November: Save the date for ”Les 24 heures du Bâtiment”
Several events are planned, spanning from conferences to workshops, two plenaries with key speakers and experts, a space dedicated to cybersecurity, a start-up corner and a recruitment-training area, not to mention a concert to be held in the evening by Jean-Louis Aubert.
More than 5.000 participants and 50 exhibitors are expected.Sign up to register and follow the event at this link:
FIEC reacts to Council’s ‘general approach’ on EPBD
While the Council decided not to extend the scope of the Directive to the point that it would become a “catch-all” instrument, including, for example, provisions on the mandatory use of certain construction materials, FIEC regrets that the Council failed to set clearer benchmarks on the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS).
FIEC considers that the MEPS should be kept as the essential regulatory tool to trigger renovations of existing buildings on a large scale, in line with the Renovation Wave targets.
FIEC and EFBWW adopt joint declaration on EU Strategy for Health and Safety at Work
This EU Strategic Framework takes a tripartite approach — involving EU institutions, Member States, social partners and other stakeholders — and focuses on three key priorities:
- anticipating and managing change in the context of green, digital and demographic transitions;
- improving the prevention of work-related accidents and diseases, and striving towards a Vision Zero approach to work-related deaths;
- increasing preparedness to respond to current and future health crises.
In their joint declaration, FIEC and EFBWW recognise the important role played by the EU legislation in the field of occupational health and safety, provided that it is based on sound scientific evidence and properly implemented and enforced at national level. They also emphasise the specificities of the construction sector in this field: often physical tasks with ergonomics issues; the ageing of the workforce, a working environment where hazardous substances can be present; etc. They acknowledge the opportunities that the green and digital transitions can bring in this field.
Also, both social partners aim at further decreasing the number of fatal and non-fatal accidents in the sector and further increasing the overall health and safety of the workforce. For that purpose, they insist that it is important to collect reliable and comparable data at the EU level.
15 November – European Commission’s Workshop on screening Asbestos in buildings
Outcome of the Recovery Forum Ukraine 2022
On 19th October, the Recovery Forum Ukraine 2022 was held in Kyiv. Organised by our Ukrainian member, the Confederation of Builders of Ukraine (CBU) the initiative gathered more than 300 present and 100 online participants, despite the known difficult situation in the country.
FIEC President, Philip Crampton, who took part in the event, indicated that «FIEC and all its member federations reiterate their message which is strongly condemning the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russia» and presented the work done so far by the FIEC/EIC Task Force “Ukraine”.
The purpose of the forum was to consolidate the mechanisms and exchange information to accelerate the financing of the reconstruction needs of the infrastructure of the community destroyed as a result of hostilities. Communities from different parts of the world, international financial organisations and potential investors were also involved in the event.