EFCA Newsletter 9 March 2023< back to news

EFCA participates in NEBAcademy Design Workshop

EFCA participated in the New European Bauhaus Academy's design workshop in Izola, Slovenia. The NEBAcademy aims to promote new skills required to make the construction sector sustainable, digital, and inclusive. A lack of skills and knowledge is hampering the green transition and the Academy hopes to resolve this by offering off- and online training modules for circularity and the use of bio-based materials for the construction ecosystem, amongst other things. Academy Hubs across the EU will offer in-person training. The first one has been established at the University of Primorska in Slovenia.  Further information is available here.

Consulting industry calls for hardship and price revision clauses in EU service contracts

As the pandemic and other unforeseeable events continue to disrupt the world, the consulting industry, represented by EFCA, for the European Engineering Consultancies and the European Federation of Management Consultancies Associations (FEACO) have written to DG INTPA, European Commission, calling for the introduction of hardship and price revision clauses in INTPA service contracts. A hardship clause would allow both parties to renegotiate the terms of the contract when an unforeseeable event fundamentally alters the financial terms, in reality.  Further information is available here.

EFCA promotes diversity in engineering on International Women's Day

As the world celebrated the International Day of Women, EFCA wants to highlight the importance of promoting diversity in engineering. The world is facing some massive challenges, including the climate emergency. Engineers are the invisible rock stars in the construction value chain. Their skills and expertise are crucial to solving current and future global challenges, but the consulting engineering sector is experiencing a talent shortage. More women in engineering can help to address this shortage. One of EFCA's relevant actions is participation in the EU Pact for skills. The federation is working with its members to promote young talent in the sector.  Further information is available here.

CCUS Forum launches website to drive climate action in the EU

Carbon capture, storage and utilisation are indispensable for reaching the European Union’s climate targets, in particular when it comes to decarbonising industries with emissions which are hard-to-abate. To support the European Commission in the development of CCUS policies and facilitate a stakeholder dialogue, the CCUS Forum was established. The Forum’s work started in 2021. The European Commission has now set up a landing page where interested parties can access all the meeting documents and post papers.  Further information is available here.