EBC is a sectoral member of and works in close cooperation with the European Union of Craftsmen and SMEs (UEAPME). UEAPME is the employers’ organisation representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at the EU level. UEAPME is also a recognised European Social Partner. Across Europe, UEAPME represents over 12 million enterprises with nearly 55 million employees. As of 2008, EBC – represented by Philip van Nieuwenhuizen (from AFNL, the Netherlands) – has been chairing the UEAPME Construction Forum. This UEAPME sectoral committee discusses the most important policy developments regarding construction craftsmen and SMEs.
EBC is a founding member and project partner of Small Business Standards (SBS). SBS is a European non-profit association established with the support of the European Commission to represent and defend SME interests in the standardisation process at European and international level. The work of EBC mainly consists in defending SMEs interests in the drafting process of technical standards in the construction sector. EBC has also two mandated experts on behalf of SBS in CEN Technical Committees. EBC Secretary General sits on the SBS Board of Directors.
Since 2004 EBC sits as an observer in the Standing Committee on Construction (SCC). This Committee was set up on the basis of the Construction Products Regulation CPR. The Committee – chaired by the Head of the Construction Unit of the European Commission and composed of Member States’ representatives and relevant organisations – examines the implementation and practical application of the CPR directive. EBC also has observer status to the Advisory Group of the SCC, as well as to various other EC-level policy and technical committees.
EBC Past President Patrick Liébus joined the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in October 2015 with a five-year mandate. He is a full member of the EESC Single Market and Social Affairs Sections. He represents the French Confederation of the micro and small construction businesses (CAPEB) and the Professional Union of micro-companies (U2P). EBC Policy Officer Fernando Sigchos Jiménez was appointed as his alternate.
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) brings together the National Standardization Bodies of 34 European countries to develop and define voluntary standards at European level. On behalf of SBS, EBC Standardisation Technical Officer, Adam Pinney, contributes to the works of CEN TC 241, dealing with standardisation of gypsum and its products. Moreover, EBC strategically leads SBS activities on Building Information Modelling (BIM) by contributing to the works of CEN TC 442, tasked with BIM standardisation.
For several years EBC has been a partner of the biennial campaigns run by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). Living up to the commitment to improve Health and Safety, EBC has decided to devote time and actions to the partnership of these campaigns, also involving its members and always keeping them up-to-date with regards to Health & Safety issues. Currently, EBC is an official partner of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2018-19 on Dangerous substances.
Launched in July 2013, the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) is a platform which brings together governments with key stakeholders to strengthen the quality, supply, mobility and image of apprenticeships in Europe. EBC joined in 2015 to strengthen apprenticeships in the construction industry, through sharing recommendations to encourage national SME associations and construction SMEs to take actions.
EBC is a partner of the Build Up Platform for the energy efficiency of buildings. Launched in 2009, BUILD UP is a European Commission initiative aiming to reduce the energy consumption of buildings across Europe. Build Up promotes the effective implementation of energy saving measures in buildings and offers free access to a wide range of information on best practices, technologies and legislation for energy reduction.Via the interactive BUILD UP web portal, building professionals and public authorities across Europe can easily share experiences, knowledge and best practices.
The European Social Dialogue Committee for Construction was created in 1999 by FIEC (European Construction Industry Federation) and EFBWW (European Federation of Building and Wood Workers) with the support of the European Commission. In 2007 EBC was integrated as an observer within the employers’ delegation for this committee; EBC Board of Directors mandates EBC Secretary General and one Director to represent EBC at the committee meetings.
EBC is a stakeholder within the Energy efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) of the European Mortgage Federation/European Covered Bond Council that focuses on the creation of a standardised “energy efficient mortgage”, according to which building owners are incentivised to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings or acquire an already energy efficient property by way of preferential financing conditions linked to the mortgage. In May 2018, EBC joined the EeMAP Pilot Scheme.
The European Housing Forum was created in 1997, following the adoption of a resolution on the social aspect of housing by the European Parliament. The Forum is an informal platform gathering representative organisations of the entire housing sector, all major international or European organisations representing consumers, providers, professionals and researchers.