EU Vocational Skills Week 2016

This first European Vocational Skills Week will take place from 5 to 9 December 2016 with events in Brussels and parallel activities in Member States, EFTA and EU candidate countries at national, regional and local levels. Before and during this week, activities and events to showcase excellence in vocational education and training will be rolled out across Europe. The European Commission invites all stakeholders (learners, parents, companies, business organisations, social partners, education and training providers, etc.) and society at large to get involved.  You can register an activity on the dedicated website by clicking on the “Read more” button here below. 






FIEC in Berlin for electronic procurement

FIEC’s representative on EXEP, Mrs. Sabine Ayraud, from FIEC is amongst the very few (only two!) business representatives in the Commission’s Experts Goup on eProcurement (EXEP). On 24th & 25th October, 

the French federation FNTP, attended the latest EXEP meeting which took place in Berlin. Again, the implementation of the European Single Procurement Document (ESP

D) was very high on the agenda. This is a self-declaration document which is expected to exist only in electronic format and aims to simplify the participation of enterprises in public procurement by reducing their administrative burden. Member States are in the process of implementing it, according to 5 possible technical options. As they progress with more or less success, and at various speeds, it is very useful for FIEC to be at heart of this follow-up, bringing the input of the final users and being able to report to its Member Federations. This meeting also concluded the work undertaken by 3 thematic groups over the past year: on the transition to eProcurement, on regulatory aspects of eProcurement in the new directives and on IT aspects. Finally, 3 new thematic groups were launched to work on national electronic platforms for public procurement, the collection and exploitation of data via contracts registers and e-catalogues. 






FIEC-EFBWW site “Construction For Youth” 
presents national skills initiatives in EN/ FR/ DE

On their dedicated website, the Social Partners of the European Construction Industry present 53 specific initiatives from 14 countries, focused on attracting youngsters into construction training and professions. Each initiative has a summary in English, French and German, which will allow you to get a general overview. The related material (publications, videos, etc.) can be downloaded in their original language.








FIEC talks about what contractors need from harmonised standards

FIEC is participating in the Symposium on the Construction Products Regulation, hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Berlin, on 8 November.  Sue Arundale, Director of Technical and Environmental Affairs will explain what contractors need from harmonised standards for construction products and will discuss the joint position on standards and the CPR, which was developed in collaboration with Construction Products Europe and published in April this year.