Construction 2050 Alliance meets the Cabinet of Commissioner Breton
Andrea Nahles presents report on strengthening EU social dialogue
In this report, Ms Nahles highlights the main issues at stake and proposes a set of 10 recommendations and initiatives.
In particular, she promotes the creation of an “Erasmus” programme for young leaders of social partner organisations, in order to enhance the social dialogue culture across the EU. She also wants to promote social partners’ agreements at EU level, and proposes that national registries for collective agreements are created at national level.
In terms of funding opportunities, she insists that an appropriate amount of the European Social Fund (ESF+) resources should be earmarked under each programme for capacity building to benefit the social partners.
On an additional suggestion to assess whether to revise the European framework directive 2002/14/EC on workers’ involvement and information and consultation rights so as to include common minimum standards for European and national companies, to prevent misuse in the form of letter companies or chains of subcontractors, Commissioner Schmit reacted that this idea was not on the Commission’s agenda for the time being.
On 2nd February, risk assessment in construction was on the agenda of our social dialogue with the EFBWW.
On the occasion of an EU-funded workshop “virtually decentralised” to Poland, employers and workers had the opportunity to listen to very enlightening presentations from the EU-OSHA, ISHCCO and OPPBTP on existing tools and good practice for our sector.
They also benefitted from a special focus on the Polish experience in this field.
DigiPLACE Advisory Board final meeting
Romania to block foreign companies from public works contracts
According to Euractiv, the Romanian government has adopted a “memorandum” that would exlcude companies coming from countries that do not have a bilateral trade agreement with the EU from public infrastructure projects. The Romanian government is currently preparing a corresponding legal act.
While the International Procurement Instrument (IPI) is still blocked within the Council of the EU and the follow-up of the White Paper on Foreign Subsidies still under discussion, FIEC very much welcomes that Member States make use of the provisions in the Procurement Directive in order to ensure fair competition in the public procurement market.