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31 January 2017

FIEC in favour of improved competitiveness to sustain the social dimension of Europe

In his first State of the Union President Juncker said: "I will want to develop a European Pillar of Social Rights, which takes account of the changing realities of the world of work and which can serve as a compass for the renewed convergence within the euro area”. Since this announcement there has been a wide debate with EU authorities, member states, social partners, civil society and citizens on the content and role of the Pillar and how to ensure fairness and social justice in Europe. Several EU employers' organisations, including FIEC, have addressed jointly to the Commission their views for a stronger competitiveness to sustain the social dimension of Europe.

FIEC shares ideas on CE marking with MEPs

Jan Coumans, Chairman of FIEC's sub-commission on Regulation and Standardisation (TEC-1) will speak at an event in the European Parliament on 31 January. The discussion will be hosted by Catherine Stihler MEP, Vice President of IMCO and Rapporteur on the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) at the time it came into effect in 2011. Following the publication of the Clean Energy Package in November last year, the Commission has opened talks with stakeholders about what is needed to improve the CPR and FIEC will give some ideas about how CE marking might be improved for users. DG GROW's Director of Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, Mr Gwenole Cozigou will give the Commission's perspective. Representatives of construction products manufacturers and other industry stakeholders will also be on the panel.

Services e-card for breakfast
at the European Parliament

Early this morning, at the European Parliament, a breakfast discussion took place on the services e-card. The event was coorganised by EFIP, the European Forum of Independent Professionals, EBSA, the European Business Services Alliance, and sponsored by Mr. Morten Lokkegaard, a liberal Danish MEP. The numerous representatives of independant intellectual professions enthusiastically praised and congratulated the European Commission for its good work, whereas FIEC was one of the few voices who raised some warnings about this legislative proposal and its concrete implementation. 
FIEC referred to the joint statements of the Construction Sector Social Partners FIEC and EFBWW who are opposed to the introduction of this e-card in their sector, following a thorough consultation of their members. It seems that the European Commission has decided to go ahead, despite this unambiguous position of the construction sector's Social Partners, and gives preference to some anecdotal evidence gathered from participants in meetings and a consultation. In the breakfast meeting, FIEC also pointed out a number of technical aspects which would have to be clarified, in any case. As usual, the devil lies in the detail! 
In order to receive the necessary clarifcation on a certain number of questions and potential problems, prior to preparing a more detailed position with their respective members, FIEC and EFBWW requested a meeting with the new DG GROW team dealing with this issue since the beginning of the year and look forward to having constructive discussions with the Commission services.

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Responsible for the publication: Ulrich Paetzold
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