VIRTUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY MAY 2020
Because of COVID-19 the May meeting and General Assembly of CEEC which would have taken place in Bern, it needed to be cancelled. Instead an online General Assembly was held on Friday 15 May, which 26 delegates and their relatives attended from their home countries. Topics for this meeting were among others the election of a new Vice President and new members, budget and impact of COVID-19 on the functions of CEEC.
EFFECTS OF COVID-19 ON BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND CONSTRUCTION ECONOMISTS
CEEC asked their delegates in several European countries some questions about COVID-19 and the effects on building construction and construction economists in their country. The questions were:
- How is the global situation in your country (transportation, public services, stores, schools…)?
- How is the situation in the building construction area?
- And more specifically, what does it mean for construction economists?
- Do you have any help from your government (tax breaks, material/masks/gloves for self-protection…)?
Below one can read the answers from several countries (as per 04-05-2020 Ireland, Netherlands, UK, Estonia, Hungary, Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland and Czech Republic.
CIQS AND CEEC STRENGTHEN THEIR TIES
For more than ten years CEEC and the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) have been meeting eachother at various meetings around the world. During this years a strong bond developed and a delegation of the board of CIQS have been coming regularly to the meetings of CEEC. So at the PAQS-meeting in Malaysia in August last year it was further investigated how both parties could strengthen their bond. This resulted in a proposal for affiliate membership of CIQS that was ratified during the last virtual General Assembly of CEEC. CIQS is the premier professional association that sets the highest standard for construction and infrastructure economics in Canada. With the membership both parties pursue to continue collaborate/participation in like‐minded goals and activities of both associations.
CEEC IN CONTACT WITH AICE ITALY
August 2019 CEEC has been talking to AICE (Associazione Italiana di Ingegneria Economica) in Italy to see if AICE and CEEC can work together. Therefore President Agnete Skytte and General Secretary Creon Swaghoven of CEEC visited the AICE-Day in Milan in November 2019 and met up with a delegation of the board of AICE. In return a delegation of AICE attended the recent virtual General Assembly of CEEC and they will be involved in two of the working groups on the strategy of CEEC, namely the group on the role of a construction economist in the different European countries and the group on the standards. CEEC is very glad that through the cooperation of AICE the situation in Italy will also be taken into account in both groups.
NEWSLETTER JULY 2020 RELEASED
Two times a year CEEC releases a newsletter. Click here for the latest version, July 2020.
NEW EDITION OFFICE COST MODEL
The CEEC Office Cost Model has been developed to allow comparisons of construction costs between the member’s countries. The model is based on a set of agreed measurements and quantities which reflect the key materials/ structure of a typical office building and has been priced by the CEEC member organizations.
The latest version relates to the period from 2010 to 2019.
INTERVIEW WITH CEEC PRESIDENT AGNETE SKYTTE
In the latest edition of Economie & Construction, a publication of Untec in France, an interview with CEEC president Agnete Skytte was published. In the interview Agnete Skytte talks about CEEC and its goals and achievements.
VISIT WORLD EXPO DUBAI
Because of COVID-19 the World Expo 2020 in Dubai is rescheduled and will take place from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. Therefor the trip to Dubai with visit of the World Expo 2020 in November which is organised by UNTEC in cooperation with CEEC is also postponed. More information will follow.