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REFIT platform recommends action on Construction Products Regulation
REFIT platform (REFIT- Regulatory Fitness and Performance) has recently decided that the revision of the Construction Products Regulation is necessary, in line with the recommendation of Construction Products Europe and FIEC (European Construction Industry Federation).
The implementation report on the CPR (published in July 2016) came to the conclusion that no changes to the regulation were required.
BIBM is strongly involved in cooperating with the Commission for improving the practical implementation of the CPR on the market, with the objective of making it business-friendly. As a result of our advocacy for the need of simplifying the CE-marking content the report states “Under a flexible interpretation of Article 9(2), the CE mark could contain only the critical information and refer to the DoP for other information. The DoP would be either provided on paper with the product, electronically or via a website”.
However, the REFIT Platform has recently decided that changes to the CPR are indeed necessary. Thanks to the constructive and proactive dialogue with Construction Products Europe, the European Commission decided to revise the CPR in the interest of better regulation, having in mind the goals of simplification.
On 30 August, FIEC issued a press release in which it welcomed the recommendation of REFIT platform.
 REFIT is part of the Commission’s better regulation agenda. It makes sure that EU laws deliver their intended benefits for citizens, businesses and society while removing red tape and lowering costs. It also aims to make EU laws simpler and easier to understand.
 Declaration of Performance
Energy Transition of the EU Building Stock
In July, a new report was published by OPENEXP, entitled Energy Transition of the EU Building Stock — unleashing the 4th Industrial Revolution in Europe. The report aims to support the on-going review/revision of EU climate and energy policy instruments.
Public consultation is open on “Towards a common EU framework of core indicators for the environmental performance of buildings”
On 7 July the European Commission opened a public consultation on the core set of indicators for the environmental performance of buildings. The common work started in 2015 when The European Commission’s DG GROW, DG ENV and Joint Research Centre started to work together on the core indicators.
The first part of the work now has finished and the Commission consults all interested stakeholders. The consultation runs until 7 October 2016.
BIBM is developing an answer and plans to submit its response soon.
 Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
 Directorate General for Environment
 Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's in-house science service
The Concrete Initiative Position Paper & Annual event
The Concrete Initiative published its position paper on the currently ongoing the review of the Energy Performance of Building Directive. The European Commission is expected to issue the new legislative proposal late September/ early October this year.
Furthermore, the annual Concrete Dialogue 2016 will be held on 17 November in the Brussels Meeting Centre Square. The event aims at addressing the urging issues of energy poverty, social housing and holds the title “Responsible solutions to Europe's housing and infrastructure challenges?”.
Live from the European Union
Slovakia takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union
On 1 July 2016 Slovakia took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Slovak Presidency has four priorities:
Member states holding the presidency work together closely in groups of three, called 'trios'. The trio sets long-term goals and prepares a common agenda that will be addressed by the Council over an 18 month period. The current trio is made up of the presidencies of the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta (each 6 months).
European Commission publishes report on Urban Adaptation to Climate Change
On 5 July, the European Commission published a new report entitled Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe 2016 — Transforming cities in a changing climate. The report tries to give answer to questions such as how regional, national and European policies can support the transformation of cities into climate-resilient communities; or what the adaptation challenges are for cities.
Progress by Member States in reaching cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements
On 29 July 2016, the European Commission published a progress report of Member States in reaching the cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements for new and existing buildings, as well as for building elements. n most cases, requirements were met for both the Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD) and the Delegated Regulation on the framework methodology.
According to the cost-optimal calculations, there is still a important potential for cost-effective energy savings that can be achieved by bridging the gap between the current minimum requirements and cost-optimal levels.
The European Commission adopts Report on the implementation of the Late Payment Directive
On 26 August, The Commission published a report on the implementation of the Late Payment Directive. The report shows that, as a result of the Directive, the average payment period in business-to-business transactions in the EU has dropped by more than 10 days since 2013.
2 September 2016
NEPSI employers meeting
6 September 2016
CEN/TC 229/WG 5
7 September 2016
CPE Smart CE marking
8 September 2016
CPE TG CPR implementation
13 September 2016
BIBM Technical Commission
14 September 2016
CEN/TC 229/WG 1 and WG 4
20 September 2016
CEN/TC 104/TG 20
6 October 2016
6 October 2016
SG 13 (notified bodies)
14 October 2016
European Masonry Alliance meeting
19-20 October 2016
VEEP kick-off meeting
25 October 2016
CPE Sustainability WG
26 October 2016
CPE CPR WG
2 November 2016
Fire Safe Europe meeting
16 November 2016
BIBM Board meeting
17 November 2016
Concrete Dialogue - Concrete Initiative
22 November 2016
ECP TF Fire and Eurocodes
24-25 November 2016
30 November 2016
European Concrete Platform Board
To the Newsletter of Construction Products Europe (former CEPMC), please follow this link.
To read the Quarterly Newsletter of The Concrete Initiative, please follow this link.
List of Acronyms:
AhG – Ad-hoc Group
CPE - Construction Product Europe
DG GROW - Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
ECP - European Concrete Platform
EMA – European Masonry Alliance
IPHA – International Pre-stressed Hollowcore Association
TF – Task Force