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About us Members Positions February 2016
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Dear Reader,

EIC is looking forward to welcoming you to two interesting Conferences this year. The first will be held in Berlin in April with a workshop on:

New Digital Technologies for Construction and their Impact on Contractual Relationships.

The Autumn EIC Conference will be held in Brussels on the emergence of “Smart Cities”, presenting both opportunities and challenges for the traditional business models in the construction sector.

Online registration for the Berlin conference is now open. 

Sincerely,
Your EIC Team

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EIC Spring Workshop on New Digital Technologies for Construction and their Impact on Contractual Relationships
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A panel of high-ranking speakers will analyse the benefits of new digital technologies for construction projects and discuss perspectives for their usage on the European construction market and beyond. Read more...

EIC launches new Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility
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EIC is launching a new Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility to elaborate its position in the international and European debate and in order to respond to demands from NGOs. Read more...


News from Bruessels
EIC concerned revised EC proposal for International Procurement Instrument will not lead to level playing-field

The European Commission presented a revised proposal for an International Procurement Instrument in January 2016. EIC fears the proposed Regulation will not open third-country procurement markets for European companies but merely open the European procurement market completely for third country bidders. Read more...


Multilateral & International Issues
EIC takes part in fundamental review of Transparency Initiative CoST

Representing the private sector, EIC took part in a strategic review of the mid-term alignment of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative CoST.  Read more...

World Bank reviews its Social and Environmental Safeguard Policy

EIC participated in the third phase of consultations on a revised draft of the proposed new World Bank Environmental and Social Framework. Read more...

Brief Notices

World Bank Seminar on New Procurement Framework in Berlin 

The World Bank will hold a specific Business Outreach Seminar for European contractors and consultants to familiarise them with the details of its New Procurement Policy Framework including the revised Guidelines. The event on 2 March 2016 is co-organised by EIC in co-operation with the German World Bank Office, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). Please contact the EIC Secretariat at info@eic-federation.eu if you wish to attend. 


FIDIC – SIDiR – EFCA Regional Infrastructure Conference in Krakow 

The conference will be held in Krakow, Poland on 7-8 March 2016 and be preceded by a pre-conference seminar on Best Value Procurement on 6 March. The programme's  focus is on infrastructure investment and raising awareness that FIDIC forms of contracts can be used, and are, frequently used in the European region, even if the market is predominantly regulated by public law and public procurement rules.
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Members' Corner

SWECO and Quantum Global Solutions join EIC as Associated Company Members

SWECO, the largest European engineering consultancy company, active in the fields of construction, architecture, and environmental engineering, joined EIC as associated company member as of January 2016. Quantum Global Solutions (QGS), based in Qatar, is also joining EIC as an associated company member as of March 2016. QGS provides contractual, commercial and forensic planning consultancy.
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EIC Spring Workshop on New Digital Technologies for Construction and their Impact on Contractual Relationships

Berlin   EIC and its German Member Federation Hauptverband der Bauindustrie (HDB) are hosting the EIC Spring Conference 2016 on 21-22 April in Berlin with a workshop on New Digital Technologies for Construction and their Impact on Contractual Relationships.

Benefits and challenges of the new technologies

The usage of new digital construction technologies, in particular Building Information Modelling (BIM), is rapidly expanding around the globe. BIM mandates by US, UK and other government entities demonstrate how employers can empower design and construction companies to leverage BIM technologies to meet and exceed their goals.

Fewer errors, less omissions and lower costs?

Fewer errors and omissions, less rework and lower construction costs as well as a better collaboration among key team members are often quoted as the most important BIM advantages. Beyond these immediate effects on the site, a more holistic approach to project delivery could provide European International contractors with the opportunity to redefine their role in the industry and to deepen their long-term relationships with their clients.

In the workshop, EIC will analyse if these “BIM promises” hold true and has invited knowledgeable and experienced speakers from software providers, from the construction sector - including clients, consultants and suppliers - and from politics to share their experience and insight on the road ahead.

Online registration for the event is now open.

Links:
EIC Conference Website

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EIC launches new Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility

Berlin  Business and contractors societal responsibility is under the spotlight since many years and European international contractors are facing increased pressure from politics, clients and society at large to show how they are improving their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance.

Mission of the New Working Group on CSR

Against this background, EIC is establishing a new Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which is tasked to collect best practice examples and benchmarks on CSR activities of its (associated) member companies in international markets in order to put EIC in a position to respond to existing and future regulation on the European and international level and also to demands from NGOs.

EIC aims at presenting a position on the most important CSR aspects such as health & safety, transfer of know-how, supply chain management, engaging with stakeholders and clients, greening of construction operations, compliance with competition law. An important part of any EIC statement will be to inform decision-makers at EU, OECD, World Bank and UN level about the wide range of activities of European international contractors in the field of CSR and to share respective best practice examples.

Timeline

A kick-off meeting will be held in the coming weeks. Member Federations and companies are cordially invited to nominate CSR experts to attend the first meeting of this new EIC Working Group.

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News from Bruessels

EIC concerned revised EC proposal for International Procurement Instrument will not lead to level playing-field 

Brussels   The European Commission presented a revised proposal for an International Procurement Instrument on 29 January 2016. While the European Commission announced that the proposal is intended as “a tool to promote open access to public procurement markets around the world”, EIC finds that the proposed Regulation will not open third-country procurement markets for European companies but it will it achieve exactly the opposite and open the European procurement market completely for third country bidders.

EC Proposal abandons principle of reciprocity

In EIC's view, the Commission's proposal as currently drafted, is too weak in its wording and too cumbersome in its structure to achieve the purported objective, namely to give the EU the means to opening up procurement markets globally for EU operators. Reversely, the revised EU draft Regulation would abandon the well-established principle of reciprocity in international trade relations in the field of government procurement and would thus delete the possibility for contracting authorities/entities and Member States to exclude foreign bidders from third countries, which have closed their government procurement market for European companies, from their tenders. Instead, possible restrictive measures would be restricted to ineffective “price adjustment measures”.

Intensive Lobbying of European Parliament and Council ahead

EIC has prepared a Draft Position Paper for further comments on this subject matter which may help to present some arguments with respect to the disadvantages of current proposal for the European construction industry. Jointly with FIEC, we shall lobby the competent Members of the European Parliament and we would urge Member Federations to sensitise their national governments.

Links:
EIC Draft Position Paper
EC Proposal
EC Press Release

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Multilateral & International Issues

EIC takes part in fundamental review of Transparency Initiative CoST

London   Representing the private sector, EIC took part in a meeting of the Advisory Panel of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative, CoST, in London in December 2015 for a review of all key aspects of the CoST programme including vision, delivery model, governance arrangements, financing, partnerships and sustainability.

The CoST Strategic Review Advisory Panel is comprised of representatives of all stakeholders including the CoST Board and management, its present financial supporters, several multilateral & bilateral agencies, implementing governments, civil society and the private sector.

Increasing CoST ‘s Value for Money 

The strategic review will last for ten months and and is to result in independent recommendations on how to improve effectiveness, raise value-for-money and significantly scale up CoST's impact. In light of the renewed funding support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the recommendations and strategic guidance will be used to inform a business planning process to chart CoST’s development.

Links:
CoST on its Strategic Review

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Multilateral & International Issues

World Bank reviews its Social and Environmental Safeguard Policy 

Brussels   EIC took part in the third phase of consultations on a revised draft of the proposed World Bank Environmental and Social Framework organised in Brussels on 25-27 January 2016.

General Structure and Scope of the Review

The review aims at bringing the current eight individual safeguard policies under the umbrella of one coherent Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) based on ten standards. However, those future standards will only apply to Investment Project Financing.

Human Right Approach and labour requirements

The new World Bank standards will put a stronger emphasis on social assessment and introduces labour and working requirements under the scope of the Environmental and Social Standard 2 (ESS 2). ESS 2 applies to the Borrower´s primary suppliers and prohibits child labour and forced labour, promotes fair treatment and non-discrimination, requires grievance mechanism for workers and asks Borrowers to comply with national law on the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. Furthermore, the Bank is developing a general Human Rights approach stating that it “(…) shares the aspirations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and helps its clients fulfil those aspirations”

Next steps

The Bank's Human Rights approach as well as ESS 2 on labour and working conditions appear to be controversial issues at World Bank Board level. In this context, the World Bank intends to release a third and final draft in summer 2016 but WB staff did not make any assumption concerning the final board approval.

Links:
World Bank Social and Environmental Safeguard Policy

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