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European Commission- Press Release
Live from the European Union
Italy takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union
On 1 July 2014 Italy took over the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Presidency priorities are:
New Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020
The three main challenges are:
European Sustainable Energy Week 2014
The European Sustainable Energy Week took place on 23-27 June 2014. On 24 June, Dominique Ristori, the Director General of DG Energy opened the EUSEW2014 by emphasising the importance of the building sector to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions. He also underlined the significance of trainings and skilled workforce to face the challenges of the housing sector.
A panel discussion was held about Smart Cities and Communities and Innovative Local Funding Schemes. Effective communication among central-regional-local governments and consumers was mentioned as a key to reduce energy consumption and implement new schemes. Several best examples were presented from all over Europe such as Belgium, Spain, Ukraine and Italy.
On 25th June, sessions were hold about issues such as “Financing energy renovation of buildings with Cohesion Policy funding”; “How to make energy efficient buildings more visible and more attractive to citizens “organised by EuroACE. Further sessions covered subjects such as energy labels and energy efficiency policy for buildings along the supply chain.
On 26th June, Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) organised two sessions about the importance of the cooperation with policymakers in order to deliver more nearly –zero energy buildings.
All in all, the whole energy week reflected the fact, that the building sector is a key player in EU’s energy and climate policy 2030. Some great presentations enlightened a different angle to the well-known issue of buildings, and showed that behind the buildings, there are families and lives at stake, whose needs are changing and their voice should be listened in order to achieve EU energy goals and social well-being. Therefore, BIBM echoes, that a “one-fits-for-all” solution is not a solution for each and every homes and offices. Assessments should be done before each renovation project to see if renovation or rebuilding is the more cost-efficient solution on a long-term.
For further information please visit the event’s website: http://www.eusew.eu/
17 September 2014
BIBM Communication Commission
ECP Task Force Fire and Eurocodes
SG13 Notified Bodies
H&S Committee and webinar
ECP Board meeting
CPE CPR meeting
The Concrete Initiative - Launch in the Parliament
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