On 26 November, The Concrete Initiative held its re-launch event in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. The event aimed at welcoming the new European Parliament, and introducing The Concrete Initiative to the new Members of the European Parliament.
The Small Business Standards association issued a Press Release on 4 December about the European Commission’s initiative to ask Stakeholders and SMEs in particular on the draft Vademecum on European Standardisation.
Position paper – Small Business Standards
Press Release – Small Business Standards
On 2 December, Fire Safe Europe issued a White Paper which calls for a harmonised EU regulation on fire safety of buildings. The White Paper was issued in the framework of a raise awareness campaign day in the European Parliament to take action and revise EU regulations.
Press Release – Fire Safe Europe
White Paper – Fire Safe Europe
Live from the European Union
€325 billion investment plan to re-boost EU’s economy
After his election, the new president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has announced a plan to mobilise more than €300 billion in an effort to kick-start the European economy.
On 25 November, after the details of the mentioned investment plan was revealed, President Juncker explained how an initial €21 billion is expected to generate €240 billion for long-term investments and €75 billion for SMEs and mid-cap firms over the period 2015-2017. Furthermore, he explained, that investment will be directed towards Europe’s crisis hit south, away from the wealthier north in an effort to boost solidarity.
Speech President Juncker – European Commission
Investment Plan for Europe – European Commission
Transport Council meeting
On 3 December, ministers for Transport and Infrastructure came together in the framework of the Council meeting on Transport, Telecommunications and Energy.
In its conclusions, the Transport Council invited the European Commission to “acknowledge the role of building and operating transport infrastructure and efficient networks as a key driver for growth and jobs”.
Furthermore, it stressed that investments in the economy will contribute to Europe’s economic growth, job creation and better mobility. Transport infrastructure creates added a value and is one of the key sectors of Europe’s growth potential and encourages the further development of TEN-T networks.
Press Release – Transport Council
Conclusions – Transport Council
European Research & Development Scoreboard
On 4 December 2014, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, presented the 2014 edition of the industrial R&D investment scoreboard. The 2014 Scoreboard shows that the top two sectors in terms of R&D investment, Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology and Technology Hardware & Equipment. The highest R&D growth was seen in the Construction & Materials sector (13.6%).
Press Release – European Commission
Fact sheet – European Commission
National Award Winners
Villa Tussefaret – Drøbak, Norway
The Villa Tussefaret by Lie Øyen architects won the architectural price of 2014 in Norway, after the jury judged that it is a unique and innovative building that challenges the conventional detached house with its facades, its flexible floor plan and innovative interior design solutions.
The building consists of maximum transportable size of concrete elements, which were assembled on site.
The project also shows innovative use of concrete in the design, surfaces, joints and formats such as the exterior stair armrest.
News in brief
8 January 2015
BIBM advocacy event
12 January 2015
14 January 2015
CEN/TC 229/WG 1 and WG 4
21 January 2015
ECP TF Sustainable Concrete
23-23 January 2015
27 January 2015
AhG Concrete Initiative
27 January 2015
Masonry Alliance Dinner
3 February 2015
CPE TF Implementation of CPR
4 February 2015
BIBM Board meeting
11 February 2015
23 February 2015
BIBM Directors meeting
27 February 2015
ECP TF Fire and Eurocodes
6 March 2015
24-25 March 2015
BIBM Technical Commission
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List of Acronyms
CPE – Construction Product Europe
CPR – Construction Products Regulation
ECP – European Concrete Platform
TF – Task Force
AhG – Ad-hoc Group