Created in 1905, FIEC is the European Construction Industry Federation, representing via its 29 national Member Federations in 26 countries construction enterprises of all sizes, i.e. small and medium-sized enterprises as well as “global players”, carrying out all forms of building and civil engineering activities.
FIEC is the "Social Partner" representing employers in the European Sectoral Social Dialogue for the construction industry.
Based in Brussels, the FIEC Secretariat is composed of 8 persons: the Director General; 3 Directors, each one responsible for 1 of the 3 Commissions (Economic and Legal, Social Affairs, Technical and Environmental); 3 assistants and 1 accountant. All of them are employees of FIEC.
The main role of FIEC is to represent and promote the interests of the European construction industry, through its network of national affiliates, within the European Institutions while helping to increase knowledge of the sector among policymakers and the general public. It also promotes and facilitate cooperation and the exchange of best practice between FIEC members.
The activities of FIEC are organised around 3 main Commissions:
- Economic and Legal: statistics, public procurement, contract law, transport infrastructure, etc.
- Social Affairs: vocational training, health and safety, employment issues, labour law, etc.
- Environmental and Technical Affairs: standardisation, R&D, environment, etc.
In the framework of the Skillco project FIEC, as European umbrella organisation, will foster and help to enable project aims and outputs to be realised and widely disseminated among its members (national employers' organizations), most of which are sectoral social partners, as well as amongst concerned EU stakeholders.
FIEC will also ensure the dissemination about the Skillco project in the framework of the EU sectoral social dialogue committee for “construction” where workers are represented by the EFBWW (European Federation of Building and Wood Workers). Both organisations undertook jointly a feasibility study on a possible EU sector skills council and some of the information gathered in the framework of this study will also be of added value for this project.