Updates on Covid-19

In these difficult times, our duty is also to inform our partners of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our sector and on our SMEs and craftsmen. This is our page entirely dedicated to this topic, with regular updates from EBC members. However, this information is only partial as the situation is evolving rapidly and the first concern of our members is to support our SMEs to get through the crisis.

Last update: Friday 5 June 2020

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OFFICIAL PROTOCOLS/AGREEMENTS

29.05 – Updated COVID-19 prevention guide (Spain)

On May 29, CNC and the Spanish construction unions have published an updated version of the “COVID-19 prevention guide for work sites in the construction sector”.

28.05 – The OPPBTP updates the Health & Safety Guide (France)

CAPEB reports that, following the deconfinement phase initiated on May 11th, the OPPBTP has updated the Health and Safety Guide for the continuity of construction activities.

14.05 – The Croatian Institute of Public Health publishes instructions for VET courses and apprenticeships during the Covid-19 epidemic (Croatia)

HOK reports that the Croatian Institute of Public Health has published instructions for VET courses and apprenticeships in the craft sector during the Covid-19 epidemic.

08.05 – Sector protocol for construction has been finalised (Belgium)

On 7 May, all social partners in the construction sector finalised the protocol agreement for a safe restart of construction activities.

04.05 – New version of the Guide with health & safety recommendations for the continuation of construction activities during the period of the Covid-19 epidemic (Luxembourg)

FDA reports that a new version of the Guide with health & safety recommendations for the continuation of construction activities during the period of the Covid-19 epidemic (Toolbox COVID-19 Construction) has been published. The toolbox and all annexes can be downloaded from www.ifsb.lu and have been developed in close collaboration with the French OPPBTP.

04.05 – Inter-professional agreement on the transport of employees during the state of crisis declared within the framework of Covid-19 (Luxembourg)

FDA and the sectorial unions have signed an inter-professional agreement to ensure that the transport of employees complies with the health standards established by the related legal and regulatory provisions in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.

27.04 – New recommendations for the protection of workers on construction sites against coronavirus (Switzerland)

FMB reported that the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has published a new  information sheet for employers on protecting workers against coronavirus. For the construction sector, a checklist has been developed in collaboration with the Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund (SUVA).

24.04 – Construction sector has a protocol ready for the progressive restart of activity (Belgium)

Bouwunie, together with the other construction federations, signed on 24 April a protocol agreement, to ensure a safe restart of construction activities with the priority of ensuring the health, safety and well-being at work of the workers and customers of the construction sector.

24.04 – New version of the Protocol regulating measures to counteract and contain the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace (Italy)

On 24 April CNA and ANAEPA-Confartigianato, together with the other social partners and in the presence of the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Economic Development, signed the agreement for the revision of the Protocol regulating measures to counteract and contain the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace. The aim was to jointly define the measures to guarantee adequate levels of protection in the workplace, in view of the resumption of economic activities.

24.04 – Recommendations for carrying out construction works during the epidemic (Slovenia)

OZS listed on its website the guidelines of the Ministry of Health, the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) and other competent institutions, which must be respected in the construction works carried out during the Covid-19 epidemic, in order to prevent the transmission of the infection as much as possible.

24.04 – Croatian Institute of Public Health recommendations for work during the pandemic (Croatia)

HOK reported that the Croatian Institute of Public Health has published recommendations regarding the conduct of specific activities and works during the COVID-19 pandemic.

22.04Joint Declaration of construction stakeholders: “Building the Netherlands together” (the Netherlands)

The government, the construction and engineering stakeholders (including AFNL), together with banks and industry associations, have drawn up the Joint Declaration “Building the Netherlands together”, in view of safeguarding the continuity and employment in the construction sector, as well as to prevent the housing shortage in the Netherlands from increasing further.

16.04Sectoral framework for construction activities during the COVID-19 period (Belgium)

The Belgian construction’s social partners reached an agreement on 16 April, concerning the sectoral framework for construction activities during the COVID-19 period. The agreement states, among other things, that the rules of social distancing are and will remain important and priority.

10.04New version of the French health & safety guide (France)

At the request of the Ministry of Labour, the French Health & Safety recommendations guide now includes an opinion from the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines (ANSM) on the conditions of use of alternative masks in the construction industry.

08.04Health & Safety guide (Spain)

CNC and the Spanish construction unions agreed on a series of measures in the form of a health and safety guide to prevent the spread of Covid-19 on construction sites and works.

02.04Health guide for construction professionals (France)

The guide to good health practices for construction professionals has been validated and published on 2 April by the French government and the construction organisations.

31.03 – Health and Safety protocol (Netherlands)

The Dutch Minister of the Interior published a protocol on health and safety in the construction sector and set up a helpdesk for companies, in agreement with the main construction social partners.

31.03 – Checklists on prevention and health protection against Covid-19 for construction work-sites and enterprises (Switzerland)

FMB has published on its website the links to the official control documents released by SECO (State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of the Swiss Confederation) on prevention and health protection against Covid-19 for construction work-sites and enterprises.

24.03 – Protocol on Health & Safety on construction sites (Italy)

ANAEPA & CNA (together with the other Italian construction social partners) signed on 24 March a Protocol with Guidelines on the health & safety measures to be adopted in the construction sites and in the working environments of construction companies.

23.03 – National agreement between construction employers’ and workers’ organisations (Italy)

ANAEPA & CNA (together with the other Italian construction social partners) signed on 23 March a national agreement on support measures for construction enterprises & workers.

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SUPPORT INITIATIVES & PROPOSALS

03.06 – Fit 4 Resilience, the new programme to help enterprises to relaunch and reinvent themselves (Luxembourg)

The national agency for the promotion of innovation, Luxinnovation, with the support of the Ministry of Economy and in collaboration with FDA and other organisations, launches “Fit 4 Resilience”. It is a programme aimed at enabling enterprises to manage their way out of the crisis, but also to envisage a longer-term development strategy.

29.05 – Unblocking of renovation and restoration work and tendering procedures (Spain)

CNC reports that, following several letters, meetings and communications with the State administration, the suspension of renovation and restoration work and electronic tendering for public contracts has been lifted (by Order SND/440/2020 and Royal Decree Law 17/2020). It is now also possible to reactivate non-electronic tenders.

27.05 – Decree “Relaunch” and Procurement: 30% advanced payment and no tax on tenders (Italy)

ANAEPA reports that a number of measures have been included in the Decree “Relaunch” to support the liquidity of companies carrying out public works, i.e. a 30% advanced payment to the contractor, a further allocation (EUR 40 million) for the “Save Works” fund and the exemption from tender fees until 31 December 2020.

21.05 – Contagion from Covid on construction site: the clarification of INAIL (Italy)

Anaepa and CNA report that INAIL has clarified that criminal and civil liability of the company in case of contagion in the workplace is excluded if safety protocols and guidelines have been respected.

14.05 – “Covid Prevention” subsidy (France)

CAPEB reports that the Health Insurance “Assurance Maladie – Risques professionnels” has proposed a “Covid Prevention” subsidy to help enterprises with less than 50 employees and self-employed workers to invest in Covid-19 protective equipment.

14.05 – Partial transfer of fiscal credit for ecobonus and sismabonus is allowed (Italy)

Anaepa reports that the Italian Revenue Agency has clarified that the fiscal credit for ecobonus and sismabonus, can be transferred by the taxpayer, also partially, to different parties, at different times and after having already used some instalments of the credit as compensation.

14.05 – The “Relaunch Decree” will increase fiscal bonuses for sustainable home interventions (Italy)

ANAEPA and CNA welcome that the next “Relaunch Decree” will increase fiscal bonuses (with a deduction rate of 110%) for sustainable home interventions (energy efficiency, seismic risk reduction, photovoltaics, etc.). However, there are concerns that some small businesses, such as those replacing windows and doors, may end up excluded from this bonus.

13.05 – Subsidies for eco-investments & loans for green and innovative companies (Slovenia)

OZS reports that while ECO FUND co-finances environmentally friendly investments for both the economy and citizens, SID Bank offers a selection of loan lines for all green and innovative companies.

12.05 – The Government is asked to refinance the Bilateral Solidarity Fund for Crafts with one billion euros (Italy)

CNA and ANAEPA-Confartigianato ask the Government to include in the “Re-launch Decree Law” the allocation of at least one billion euros to refinance the Bilateral Solidarity Fund for Crafts (Fsba), to allow the Fund to fulfill all the applications received.

11.05 – CNC and construction companies ask for clarification in relation to the report issued by the National Institute of Safety and Health at Work (INSST) (Spain)

CNC has published a document called “Position paper of the companies of the construction sector in relation to the report issued by the National Institute of Safety and Health at Work (INSST) and the Informative Note that accompanies it”. CNC requests the withdrawal or legal clarification of such a report because of its conflict with other documents and texts in force.

11.05 – The State writes to individuals to encourage them to resume work (France)

Public authorities promised targeted communication actions to encourage private customers to take over or start building sites and to welcome craftsmen into their homes. A missive has been distributed to employers’ organizations, and can be used by companies in their dialogue with their customers.

07.05 – Procurement: ANAC requests payment for suspended construction works (Italy)

ANAEPA reports that ANAC has requested the Government and Parliament to unblock the payment of the works carried out by the companies that have been suspended due to the Coronavirus emergency so as to guarantee them an initial injection of liquidity.

06.05 – Exceptional State aid for free training for employees in partial employment (France)

CAPEB reports, via CCCA-BTP, that all employees in partial employment can now benefit from free training through the “FNE-Formation” system (National Employment-Training Funds). All educational costs will be covered by the State, as part of the skills development plan.

06.05 – New non-refundable indemnity for the self-employed (Luxembourg)

The Luxembourg government has decided to strengthen the support mechanism for the self-employed affected by the financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount of the new aid varies according to the contributory income bracket in which the person is in, with the amounts set at 3,000, 3,500 and 4,000 euros.

05.05 – 50 million euros to companies for the purchase of personal protective equipment (Italy)

CNA reports that the call “Impresa Sicura” of Invitalia has been issued, which allocates 50 million euros to companies that have purchased devices and other personal protection equipment aimed at containing and combating the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19. The companies will be reimbursed up to 100% of the eligible costs incurred.

05.05 – Appeal of the Construction sector to the Government to keep construction sites open (Italy)

ANAEPA and CNA, together with the other construction associations and unions, have launched an appeal to the Government not to leave workers and entrepreneurs alone, advising all public contracting stations and private clients to adjust their existing contracts and provide adequate safety costs for future and upcoming calls for tenders and contracts. This together with the need to settle PA outstanding debts and advance SAL payments.

03.05 – The Minister for Labour and Economic Affairs confirms Bouwunie’s position: from 4 May construction works can be done indoors (Belgium)

The Federal Minister for Labour and Economic Affairs has confirmed Bouwunie’s position: construction works will be allowed inside the inhabited buildings from 4 May. Great confusion was created by the fact that the FAQs of the Federal Crisis Centre contained different information than the Ministerial Decree published on 30 April. Bouwunie immediately called for the correct application of the Ministerial Decree and legal certainty for construction companies, and the Minister finally stated that the official publication of the legal text must be followed and that the FAQs were incorrect.

01.05 – Joint call of AFNL-NOA, Cumela and Maintenance NL for an extension of the “NOW” scheme for the construction industry (The Netherlands)

AFNL-NOA, Cumela and Maintenance NL called the Government for an extension of the “NOW” scheme (Temporary Emergency Measure Bridging for Employment) for the construction industry. The current NOW programme ends on May 31.

30.04 – The Bilateral Solidarity Fund for Crafts provided payments in favour of about 170,000 employees of craft enterprises (Italy)

CNA reports that almost 170,000 employees of craft enterprises have received payments by the Bilateral Solidarity Fund for Crafts (FSBA), for a total of about 80 million euros.

30.04 – ARTI health barometer: Partnership between CAPEB, CNATP, IRIS-ST and CIP to support managers of construction and craft enterprises (France)

Within the framework of the publication of the 6th edition of the ARTI health barometer, the CAPEB, the CNATP, the IRIS-ST and the CIP have decided on a partnership to help and support the managers of construction and craft enterprises to better deal with the health crisis.

29.04 – Updated CNC Ten-point agenda on the need to return to the activity in the renovation and restoration works (Spain)

CNC has published an updated ten-point agenda, listing the most important economic, social and employment reasons underlying the need to return to the activity in the renovation and restoration works, currently suspended by the Order SND/340/2020 of 12 April.

28.04 – Coronavirus: A counselling and psychological support unit set up for entrepreneurs and business owners (France)

CAPEB reported that the Ministry of the Economy and Finance has set up a counselling and psychological support unit to help entrepreneurs and business owners cope with the exceptional economic situation caused by the health crisis.

23.04 – Document on the actions taken by CNC in response to COVID-19 (Spain)

CNC has published a document, listing all the actions taken in response to the Covid-19 emergency, divided into letters to ministers, communications, circulars, reports and forms, etc.

23.04 – CNC Ten-point agenda on the need for the construction sector to return to activity (Spain)

CNC has published a ten-point agenda, listing the most important economic, social and employment reasons underlying the need for the construction sector to return to activity.

22.04 – Appeal for the creation of an emergency fund for energy saving activities (France)

On Wednesday 22 April, CAPEB, together with other energy and building federations, signed an appeal to the French government, calling for the creation of an emergency fund for energy saving activities. Many of these activities could not be carried out in private homes due to lack of protection or refusal from customers, and the creation of such a fund would limit the bankruptcy of SMEs, the most affected by this crisis.

22.04 – Temporary protection for Slovak entrepreneurs as a result of the Covid-19 crisis (Slovakia)

SZZ reported that, according to the proposed legislation, Slovak entrepreneurs may apply for temporary protection as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. This should consist in the protection against the creditor’s proposals for bankruptcy or the suspension of bankruptcy proceedings initiated on the creditor’s proposal.

20.04 – Free legal assistance for businesses – CORONAVIRUS (Hungary)

IPOSZ reported the possibility in Hungary to have free access to legal consultations by telephone on issues related to Covid-19. Specialists available at a dedicated toll-free number will offer free legal advice to companies in the areas of labour law, company law, tax law and social security law.

17.04 – Artigiancassa operational from 20 April to provide loans of 25 thousand and up to 100 thousand euros (Italy)

ANAEPA reported that, since April 20, entrepreneurs and artisans will be able to contact Artigiancassa and obtain loans of 25 thousand euros with a 100% State guarantee, in accordance with the liquidity decree, within 7/8 days from the submission of the request. In addition, Artigiancassa will make available to entrepreneurs a credit line of up to 100 thousand euros, 90% guaranteed by the State.

17.04 – ISHCCO recommendations to protect construction workers from COVID-19 (Europe)

The International Safety and Health Construction Coordinators Organization (ISHCCO) has published guidelines to protect workers on construction sites from pandemic hazards. ISHCCO gives recommendations related to 3 main risks, covering employees out of risk zones or infected, insufficient hygiene facilities and narrow staff rooms. Besides, ISHCCO provides an addendum with detailed information on the general wearing of respiratory masks and suggests measures of infection prevention for construction sites where the minimum distance cannot be maintained.

17.04 – “Liquidity Decree”: tax measures for the construction sector (Italy)

The “Liquidity Decree” came into force on 9 April introducing a series of urgent measures regarding access to credit and tax obligations for companies, as well as measures in the field of health and work, and the extension of administrative and procedural deadlines. These are some of the tax measures introduced that are of interest to the sector: further suspension of tax payments due in April and May; postponement of tax payments due in March; suspension of the terms to take advantage of the so-called “first home benefits”; extension of the tax credit for sanitation expenses.

16.04 – CNA supports the Minister of Economic Development’s  orientation on non-refundable compensations for craftsmen and micro-enterprises (Italy)

CNA supports the Minister of Economic Development Stefano Patuanelli’s orientation to provide specific measures and non-refundable compensation for craftsmen and micro-enterprises, following the example of countries such as France and Germany.

13.04 – Bouwunie wants construction companies to be allowed to work indoors again with mouth masks (Belgium)

Bouwunie calls for appropriate safety measures for construction companies, such as the use of mouth masks, so that they can work indoors again, which is currently prohibited.

10.04 – Introduction of a compensation for loss of earnings for craftsmen (France)

Self-employed workers in the craft and trade sector will receive, during the month of April, a compensation for loss of earnings.

10.04 – “Cura Italia” Decree Law: new support measures for construction enterprises (Italy)

The Italian Senate approved on 9 April the “Cura Italia” Decree Law. The main news contained in the decree, which may represent a small breath of fresh air for construction companies, are the following: obligation of payment by private clients for works already carried out; extension of the validity of qualifications and certificates; mitigated liability for delays in the delivery of works.

09.04 – Italian employers’ associations in the construction sector jointly call for the adoption of a major plan of public works and incentives to support private construction (Italy)

Italian employers’ associations in the construction sector have launched a joint appeal to the Government and Parliament to implement measures to ensure the survival of businesses and to adopt a major plan of public works and incentives to support private construction. The five priorities identified by the associations in the appeal are : 1. clear and unambiguous conditions for the safety of construction sites. 2. timely injection of liquidity, payment of credits and elimination of split payments. 3. payment for works carried out with emergency SAL immediately and monthly SAL at full capacity. 4. “Marshall Plan” for construction: resources to local authorities to immediately open construction sites throughout the territory and strengthen incentives for building redevelopment. 5. strong simplification of procedures and leaps and bounds.

06.04 – Bouwunie satisfied with Minister Peeters’ initiative to restart road and water works (Belgium)

Construction stakeholders, including Bouwunie and Bouwunie Infrastructuur, and Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works drew up a memorandum for a restart of the road and water works sites.

02.04 – ANAC (Italian anti-corruption authority) asks for tax exemption for companies and PA (Italy)

ANAC (Italian anti-corruption authority) asked to suspend the tax on tenders for companies and PA, with the aim of avoiding a further subtraction of liquidity for companies and contracting stations in this phase in which the health emergency has also become an economic emergency.

01.04 – Allowance by the Flemish government (Belgium)

The Flemish government fixed a €3000 allowance for companies not shutting down but still suffering heavy losses of turnover.

30.03 – “FSBA” Fund approves a special income support plan (Italy)

FSBA, the Bilateral Solidarity Fund for Crafts, has approved a special income support plan in relation to the Covid-19 emergency.

30.03 – BOUWUNIE on untaxed rewards for construction workers (Belgium)

Bouwunie is in favour of the idea of giving companies the opportunity to reward their employees who are still at work untaxed. That proposal was launched by Finance Minister Alexander De Croo. The premium could only be granted this year, in order to encourage employees who remain in work during the corona crisis.

28.03 – BOUWUNIE on indoor construction activities (Belgium)

Bouwunie asks for non-urgent indoor activities such as painting or joinery to be allowed again, provided that social distancing is respected.

20.03 – “San.Arti” Fund adopts extraordinary support measures (Italy)

Extraordinary support measures adopted by San.Arti (the Fund for supplementary health care of craftsmen), participated by CNA & ANAEPA.

06.03 – “Artigiancassa” supports businesses with emergency ad-hoc credit lines (Italy)

Artigiancassa (the reference bank for micro and small craft businesses, in which ANAEPA-Confartigianato and CNA participate) supports businesses in the emergency with ad hoc credit lines.

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SUPPORT TOOLS

04.06 – Free webinars on skills and Covid-19 support tools (Ireland)

The National Guild of Master Craftsmen published on its website a series of links to free webinars on skills and other Covid-19 support tools (such as a recap of the various financial support instruments for SMEs and health and safety templates and checklists), offered by the Plato network.

29.05 – Free online courses on construction and renovation techniques (France)

CAPEB reports that the platform “MOOC – Bâtiment Durable” will make available free of charge, for the months of May and June, 7 online courses on construction and renovation techniques, to support construction professionals and craftsmen who would like to supplement their knowledge and emerge stronger from the health crisis.

28.05 – Free webinars to better prepare entrepreneurs for the recovery (Italy)

CNA highlights a series of free webinars open to all entrepreneurs, in which CNA’s Young Entrepreneurs will share their knowledge, dealing with topics such as digitalisation, remote working, business conversion and green deals.

27.05 – Summary of all economic support measures for entrepreneurs (Slovakia)

SZZ reports that the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic has launched a subdomain on its website, where entrepreneurs will find a clear summary of all economic measures taken to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 crisis. The measures are classified under 3 categories (companies, self-employed and individuals).

21.05 – Covid-19 : the OPPBTP proposes a microlearning module to help enterprises to communicate well with their employees (France)

CAPEB reports that, in order to improve prevention and ensure the safety of construction professionals in this period of pandemic, the OPPBTP is making a Covid19 toolbox available to them. Updated regularly, it now offers a new microlearning module dedicated to internal communication in times of crisis.

20.05 – Aid for local enterprises: CAPEB and U2P take another step forward (France)

Determined to do everything possible to help local enterprise managers cope with the consequences of the covid-19 pandemic, CAPEB, together with U2P and its member organisations, have just launched two new support tools: a site for purchasing personal protective equipment and a psychological support unit.

12.05 – Covid-19 Compliance Officer Safety Training Course (Ireland)

The National Guild of Mastercraftsmen offers online, on the Zoom platform, a “Compliance Officer Safety Training Course”, tailored to the construction Sector and covering the essential issues for compliance personnel dealing with the safety threats posed by the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace.

12.05 – Webinar on “Employer in crisis – How to deal with difficult situations” (Poland)

ZRP reports that the Polish Society for Market Economy is organising on 21 May a webinar entitled “Employer in crisis – How to deal with difficult situations”.

11.05 – Purchase of personal protective equipment and instruments: how to obtain reimbursement of expenses (Italy)

ANAEPA has published an information note on how to obtain reimbursement of expenses for the purchase of personal protective equipment and instruments, in relation to the “Impresa Sicura” call activated by Invitalia.

08.05 – “Work legally – Work safely” campaign (Slovakia)

SZZ reports that the National Labor Inspectorate (NIP) has launched a prevention campaign called “Work Legally – Work Safely”.

07.05 – Reopen safely. From ANAEPA-Confartigianato instructions and infographics for enterprises and workers (Italy)

ANAEPA-Confartigianato created a series of infographics and mini-videos, to better illustrate the “anti-contagion” protocol, and allow companies and workers to reopen in safety.

05.05 – Corona compensation premium: apply now! (Belgium)

A one-off premium of 3,000 euros will be paid to companies that were not obliged to close down but have suffered a serious drop in turnover of at least 60% as a result of the corona measures.

05.05 – Overview of measures adopted to support construction companies during the Covid-19 crisis (Belgium)

Bouwunie published on its website an overview of the support measures adopted by the government to help construction companies and entrepreneurs during the Covid-19 crisis (such as replacement income; compensation premiums; relief from financial distress, etc.).

04.05 – Summary table of economic aids and information sheets (Luxembourg)

FDA reports that a summary table of the various aids put in place by the government (Economic Stabilisation Program) and dedicated information sheets have been published. In addition to these aids, enterprises have been able to opt for short-time working in case of force majeure (with the coverage of 80% of the salaries of employees affected by short-time work).

04.05 – INAIL compiles a list of masks validated for use on construction sites (Italy)

ANAEPA reports that INAIL, the National Institute for the Prevention of Accidents at Work, has compiled a list, constantly updated, of masks and other personal protective equipment, validated for use on construction sites.

28.04 – Covid-19 tax measures in Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

The Union des Entreprises Luxembourgeoises has developed, in collaboration with FDA and other Luxembourgish federations, a document listing the various tax measures announced or introduced by the government in connection with the Covid-19 health crisis. The document also includes tax measures taken by other countries, which may be relevant for companies or employees working on a cross-border basis.

28.04 – Information for entrepreneurs during the Corona crisis (Slovakia)

SZZ reported that the Slovak Business Agency, in collaboration with the National Business Center, is publishing detailed and up-to-date information for entrepreneurs on a dedicated section of their website.

28.04 – New Anti-Crisis Guide for Entrepreneurs of the Polish Development Fund (Poland)

ZRP reported that the Polish Development Fund has prepared an update of the Anti-Crisis Guide for Entrepreneurs and Local Government Units, which takes into account the changes introduced by the Anti-Crisis Shield 2.0.

27.04 – Public procurement – FAQ Covid (Belgium)

Bouwunie reported that the Belgian Federal Service of Public Procurement has published a FAQ page with official answers to questions from public buyers and enterprises, in relation to Covid-19.

24.04 – EU-OSHA guidance “Back to the workplace: Adapting workplaces and protecting workers” (Europe)

EU-OSHA has produced an occupational health & safety EU guidance for businesses and workers called “Back to the workplace: Adapting workplaces and protecting workers”, to support their safe and healthy return to work.

23.04 – CNC Guide “The declaration of the state of alarm and its consequences for the bidding process” (Spain)

CNC has published a guide called “The declaration of the state of alarm and its consequences for the bidding process”. It includes comments on the regulations on public sector contracts published since the declaration of the state of alert, as well as on the interpretations issued by the various public bodies.

22.04 – CORONAVIRUS -Essential Information for entrepreneurs (Poland)

ZRP has created a dedicated webpage called “CORONAVIRUS – Essential Information for entrepreneurs”, where all the latest news concerning the Covid-19 emergency are gathered. The news are divided into the following sections: General Information for Entrepreneurs; Answers to Craftsmen’s questions; Employers’ obligations; Professional training during the pandemic; Positions and opinions of ZRP.

20.04 – The Chamber of Trades and Crafts PACA offers online tutorials for craftsmen (France)

CAPEB reported that the Chamber of Trades and Crafts PACA (of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region) has made available to craftsmen in the region several online tutorials, easily accessible via YouTube, on various topics: formalities, teleworking, communication, online sales, etc.

20.04 – TOOLBOX COVID19 Construction (Luxembourg)

In view of the restart of construction sites from April 20, FDA has created a dedicated page where a series of recommendations, technical sheets and practical information for companies and their employees, are gathered and available for download. The “TOOLBOX COVID19 Construction” was developed in close partnership with Luxembourg sectoral partners, public authorities and OPPBTP, and it includes covid-19 safety measures; good construction practices; and covid-19 awareness videos.

20.04 – CORONAVIRUS – Info service for companies (Austria)

WKO has created a general page dedicated to the Covid-19 emergency, gathering all relevant information and updates for the affected companies. This has taken the form of information videos, a FAQ webpage, a Chatbot that answers specific company questions related to Covid-19, downloads of documents on safety and hygiene measures, and also free webinars and online seminars for companies.

20.04 – Online Survey: “Covid-19 emergency. The measures adopted and those necessary to restart” (Italy)

CNA has prepared a questionnaire with the aim of collecting the difficulties and needs of craftsmen, entrepreneurs and professionals, the assessment of the appropriateness of the measures put in place by the Government so far and the expectations for “Phase 2” to coincide with a rapid and effective transition to normality.

19.04 – Current Measures, Instructions and Forms – COVID19 (Croatia)

In the section “Current Measures, Instructions and Forms – COVID19”, the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts publishes for its members all current measures, conditions, documentation and answers to the most frequently asked questions related to business in the context of the situation caused by the spread of coronavirus, so that craftsmen can have all the information in one place.

19.04 – Coronavirus Info page for employers  and enterprises (Slovenia)

OZS has created a general page dedicated to the Covid-19 emergency, gathering all relevant information and updates for employers and enterprises. This has taken the form of a FAQ webpage, templates and documents to download and an updated list of relevant regulations and ordinances.

18.04 An online platform for matching supply and demand for personal protective equipment (Luxembourg)

In order to match supply and demand for personal protective equipment produced and supplied by Luxembourg companies, the www.EPI-COVID19.lu platform was launched by the national agency for the promotion of innovation, Luxinnovation, in collaboration with FDA.

16.04 – “CORONAVIRUS Information” webpage (France)

SNSO has created a dedicated webpage called “CORONAVIRUS Information”, where all the latest news concerning the Covid-19 emergency and relevant for enterprises in finishing works are gathered.

11.04 – CNA launches a constantly updated community on telegram on COVID-19 (Italy)

CNA launched a community on telegram, constantly updated with all the news on COVID-19, including news on tax, bureaucracy, credit and incentives for enterprises.

07.04 – BBRI Online training tools (Belgium)

BBRI (Belgian Building Research Institute) / CSTC (Centre Scientifique et Technique de la Construction) offer short online training courses & webinars for the various construction professions.

03.04 – FMB publishes an information note on Covid-19 rights and obligations for construction enterprises (Switzerland)

FMB has summarised in an information note the most important elements regarding Covid-19 rights and obligations for Geneva construction enterprises.

02.04 – CAPEB publishes booklets with legal and economic recommendations (France)

CAPEB has published on its website, in the form of booklets, a set of legal and economic recommendations for construction professionals, in order to assist them in the management of the Covid-19 crisis.

30.03 – AFNL FAQ on coronavirus (Netherlands)

Creation of a dedicated F.A.Q webpage on Coronavirus, addressing consequences for SMEs in the construction sector.

30.03 – FDA FAQ on coronavirus (Luxembourg)

Creation of a dedicated F.A.Q webpage on Coronavirus, collecting questions and answers on the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact on businesses at different levels.

30.03 – CSTB gives free access to tools for construction professionals (France)

CSTB (Centre Technique et Scientifique du Bâtiment) supports building professionals by making 3 of its tools available free of charge.

25.03 – BOUWUNIE Webinar: Corona in the construction sector (Belgium)

Video webinar with replies to most common questions on covid19 in the construction sector (members only).

25.03 – CNA ECIPA e-learning platform (Italy)

The ECIPA CNA foundation supports SMEs by continuing offering distance learning tools and services, through the e-learning platform “Formerete”

25.03 – BOUWUNIE FAQ webpage (Belgium)

Regularly updated webpage with most common questions on covid19 in the construction sector (members only)

24.03 – ANAEPA F.A.Q webpage (Italy)

Creation of a “F.A.Q CORONAVIRUS” webpage on questions relevant for SMEs and craftsmen in relation to Covid-19 emergency

24.03 – CAPEB webpage on official regulations and information on Covid-19 (France)

CAPEB has created a web page dedicated to Covid-19 on its website, which includes a variety of information about the virus, its management in companies, as well as instructions and other recommendations made by the Government.

20.03 – FDA publishes practical guide for construction SMEs on Covid-19 (Luxembourg)

FDA published on its website a practical guide which deals with the measures taken in the context of labor relations, partial unemployment, social security and taxation.

11.03 – CNA Task force on Covid19  (Italy)

Creation of a dedicated task force on Covid-19 to support enterprises and craftsmen during the crisis.

11.03 – CNA F.A.Q. webpage called “CNA replies” (Italy)

List of F.A.Q.s  relevant for the SMEs and craftsmen in relation to Covid-19 emergency.

27.02 – CNA webpage on official regulations (Italy)

Creation of a dedicated and up-to-date webpage listing the measures adopted by the Government and the institutions in relation to Covid-19 emergency.

25.02 – ANAEPA webpage on official regulations (Italy)

Creation of a dedicated and up-to-date webpage listing the most significant economic, fiscal and health measures adopted by the National Government and Regional Administrations in relation to Covid-19 emergency.

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GOOD STORIES

23.05 – The Mosonmagyaróvár Hospital Hall was painted free of charge (Hungary)

IPOSZ reports that members of the Mosonmagyaróvár and Vidéke Industry Association offered to paint the hall of Karolina Hospital in Mosonmagyaróvár free of charge, together with other business partners and colleagues.

13.05 – No positive cases detected in deconfined sectors (Luxembourg)

Within the deconfined sectors, including construction, the samples tested did not record any Covid-19 positive cases.

13.05 – #PorUnFuturoEnPositivo Interview – Juan Lazcano, CNC and Fundación Laboral de la Construcción President (Spain)

The President of the Spanish organisation CNC talks about paths for a brighter post-Covid 19 future.

12.05 – The eco-relaunch: “15 to 20% of building and public works companies are on the razor’s edge” in the Territoire de Belfort (France)

To relaunch the local economy, construction companies collaborate with local restaurants and caterers for lunch breaks.

07.05 – As of the week of 11 May, almost all construction SMEs will be working (Belgium)

By the week of 11 May, almost all SMEs will be back at work. This was the outcome of a survey conducted by Bouwunie among 542 respondents.

06.05 – Training: prevention is always at the top of the agenda for construction and craft enterprises (France)

The latest edition of the “National Observatory of Prevention Training in Construction and Craft Enterprises” (a study conducted by CAPEB, OPPBTP, CNATP and IRIS-ST) shows that prevention remains at the heart of the training efforts in the sector. In 2018, construction and craft enterprises focused most of their training efforts on occupational health and safety.

23.04 – “Distance learning worked well during the Covid-19 crisis” (France)

The vice-president of CAPEB intervened on the current situation of the construction apprenticeships during the Covid-19 crisis, and confirmed that the CAPEB used all the possibilities of distance learning, maintaining the link between the Apprentice Training Centres (CFA) and the apprentice, notably via a dematerialized notebook, also thanks to the CCCA-BTP network. The result is that everything worked very well, with the apprentices being able to continue to develop their skills.

17.04 – UNPR supports the donation campaign for healthcare personnel in Romania (Romania)

UNPR supports the SMS donation campaign “Helping Medical Angels” initiated by AIM (Maramureș Entrepreneurs Association), to identify and purchase medical equipment and goods needed for combating the COVID-19 pandemic in Maramureș, Romania.

16.04 – Construction is in the starting blocks (Luxembourg)

After 5 weeks of stopping off, the Luxembourgish construction sector is in the starting blocks .

13.04 – Free works for medical staff in Nantes (France)

A painting enterprise offers works free of charge for healthcare workers in Nantes.

01.04 – Confartigianato craftsmen build a new field hospital in Bergamo (Italy)

Over 250 Confartigianato craftsmen have been mobilized for the construction of a new field hospital in Bergamo, one of the Italian cities hardest hit by the virus. The craftsmen offered their contribution for free, working non-stop for a week, alternating day and night shifts.

30.03 – CNA craftsmen produce and donate protective masks in Sicily (Italy)

CNA craftsmen are mobilised to create and donate thousands of protective masks to the most fragile and exposed persons in Sicily.

30.03 – “Everyday heroes”: the plumbers (France)

The French plumbers continued to travel to private homes to help out in case of emergency while protecting their health and that of their customers.

26.03 – French construction companies donate thousands of protective masks to caregivers (France)

Several French construction companies have sent their stock of protective masks to caregivers, to enable them to continue their fight against Covid-19 while preserving their health.

18.03 – CNA craftsmen donate protective equipment to  Massa Carrara hospitals (Italy)

CNA craftsmen donate thousands of protective suits and equipment to the hospitals of Massa Carrara.

17.03 – Confartigianato/ANCoS donate respirators to the Italian hospitals (Italy)

Confartigianato/ANCoS (the Association of the Confartigianato System that deals with solidarity projects) donate 20 pressometric respirators to the intensive care departments of Italian hospitals.

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IMPACT

02.06 – As many as 97 percent of craftsmen and entrepreneurs are feeling the effects of the epidemic (Slovenia)

As many as 97 percent of craftsmen and entrepreneurs are feeling the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic. This was shown by a survey conducted by the Chamber of Craft and Entrepreneurship of Slovenia (OZS) among its members between 29 May and 2 June.

25.05 – Deconfinement: CAPEB estimates the additional costs related to health measures at between 10% and 20% of the daily cost (France)

While construction sites are starting up again all over France, CAPEB estimates the additional costs generated by the application of sanitary rules at between 10% and 20% of the daily cost, mainly due to coactivity, disinfection and protective equipment.

23.05 – More than 70% of enterprises have used support measures, but procedures are too long (Italy)

A research carried out by CNA on a sample of 7,000 companies shows that over 70% of companies have used at least one of the instruments put in place by the Government to deal with the liquidity needs triggered by the crisis caused by the virus. Problems were found regarding the long duration of the procedures.

20.05 – Data on construction activity in March (Italy)

ANAEPA commented on the latest data published by Eurostat for March 2020, reporting major drops in production in construction in countries such as Italy (-35%) and France (-41%), but also, in countertendency, increases in activity in countries such as Germany (+5%) and Romania (+28%).

19.05 – Production in construction down by 14.1% in euro area in March (Europe)

In March 2020, the COVID-19 containment measures had a significant impact on production in construction, as the seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 14.1% in the euro area and by 12.0% in the EU, compared with February 2020, according to first estimates from Eurostat.

14.05 – Negotiations with the unions on an arrangement for collective leave in the construction sector have broken down (Luxembourg)

Following the failure of negotiations, the collective leave will take place as planned in the first three weeks of August 2020 with all the risks and consequences that will ensue for construction companies.

08.05 – The figures released by CBS – Statistics Netherlands worry Construction and Infrastructure SMEs (the Netherlands)

AFNL is very concerned about the figures released by CBS – Statistics Netherlands, which shows that construction and infrastructure SMEs will be able to keep business afloat during the crisis for 2 months (companies up to 20 employees) or 6 months (companies up to 50 employees).

06.05 – Still a long way to build because of nitrogen impasse: especially infrastructure is the victim (the Netherlands)

Hundreds of projects are at a standstill or delayed, work stocks are shrinking noticeably. Despite the government’s promised support, nitrogen still leaves deep scars in the construction industry. The deplorable state of the infrastructure sector is particularly striking. The biggest pain is the lack of tenders.

05.05 – Covid effect on businesses, in 2020 an estimated fall in revenues of 42% (Italy)

On the basis of the results of a survey carried out by CNA on a sample of about 14 thousand companies, it emerges that for 2020 it is estimated a fall in revenues of 42% compared to 2019, with some segments forecasting a more than halved turnover.

04.05 – Sharp drop in works tendered out in March 2020 (Spain)

CNC reports that, according to the latest barometer of the “Observatorio de la construcción”, works worth €541.2 million were tendered out in March 2020, 64.4% less than in 2019.

30.04 – Covid-19 effect on employment, down 0.4% in March (Italy)

The CNA Labour Market Observatory, which analyses employment trends in small businesses and the craft sector on a monthly basis, recorded that employment among “small players” in March fell by 0.4 per cent compared to February.

28.04 – All construction sites, both public and private, will restart on 4 May with new safety measures to be respected (Italy)

ANAEPA and CNA report that, in the light of the recent Prime Ministerial Decree on Phase 2, all construction sites, both public and private, will reopen in safety from 4 May. The restart will follow clear and shared rules between the social partners and the Government contained in special regulatory protocols to contain the spread of Covid-19 on construction sites.

24.04 – CAPEB intervenes on possible obstacles to the resumption of construction sites (France)

In view of the restart of activities in the construction sector, scheduled for 11 May, CAPEB President intervened on possible obstacles to the resumption of building sites (social distancing, additional costs, transport, equipment, etc.).

24.04 – During the Covid-19 lockdown Construction SMEs lost revenues for €13 billion, with a 62% drop in March-April 2020 turnover (Italy)

Confartigianato Research Department has published a report highlighting the heavy effects that the Covid-19 lockdown has produced on the economic viability of Construction SMEs. The study showed that, overall, Construction SMEs in the two-month period March-April lost 62.5% of turnover, equal to €13.0 billion less.

22.04 – Economic conditions for the first trimester 2020: sharp drop in growth for the Construction sector (France)

CAPEB has analysed the economic conditions for the first trimester 2020 in light of the Covid-19 crisis. The figures show a sharp drop in growth and profound economic repercussions for the construction and craft sectors, with a decrease in activity of between -9% and -16% in the 1st trimester 2020.

14.04 – Prime Minister’s Decree of 10 April: construction still at a standstill (Italy)

The new Prime Minister’s Decree, containing urgent measures to deal with the COVID-19 emergency, has come into force on 14 April, ordering the reopening of some commercial activities and production and industrial activities. However, construction and, in particular, private works, are still temporarily suspended until May 3.

13.04 – Suspension of activities on existing buildings in case of COVID-19 risks for non-construction people (Spain)

Although construction activities returned to be allowed in Spain on 13 April, the Government decided, by Order SND/340/2020 of 12 April, to suspend certain activities related to intervention works in existing buildings, where there is a risk of contagion by COVID-19 for persons not linked to that activity.

07.04 – Expectations for employment in the various sectors according to ISTAT (Italy)

ISTAT (National Statistical Institute) published employment expectations in the different sectors in March. There was a sharp drop in all sectors, with the exception of construction (which, however, was declining).

31.03 – Impact of Covid-19 on the construction industry (Italy)

ANAEPA intervened on the impact of Covid-19 on the construction industry. The negative effects of the Covid-19 hit the Italian construction sector hard, leaving around 61% of the workforce at home and involving, according to the latest data released by ISTAT, more than 800,000 construction workers.

27.03 – Impact of Covid-19 on the construction industry (Spain)

CNC intervened on the impact of Covid-19 on the construction industry, pointing out that the ongoing works might face several complications and delays due to the epidemic.

24.03 – Impact of Covid-19 on the construction industry (Belgium)

BOUWUNIE intervened on the impact of Covid-19 on the construction industry, fearing 245,000 extra temporary unemployed and huge construction delays.

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