On Friday 11 October RICS organised the seminar ‘Strengthen the links across Europe’ during the bi-annual meeting of CEEC in Brussels. During this seminar the 2nd edition of the ICMS Standard was launched.
With a presentation from Alan Muse, Vice Chair of the ICMS Standards Setting Committee, followed by a panel discussion led by Justin Sullivan (CEEC/ ICMSC) with Alan Muse (RICS/ ICMSC), Ken Creighton (RICS/ ICMSC) and Gerry O’Sullivan (CEEC/ ICMS SSC), the 2nd edition of the ICMS Standard was officially launched in Europe. Before this launch Ilektra Papadaki (EC DG GROW Policy Officer – Sustainable construction and competitiveness) gave a very interesting presentation on ‘EU Construction in 2020 and beyond’. Also in the morning a proposed survey on the European construction industry was launced by Simon Rubinsohn (RICS Chief Economist) and Justin Sullivan (CEEC/ ICMSC).
After the lunch break the topic of the seminar was further explored by presentations on ‘The work of the European Organisation for Technical Assessment (EOTA)’ by Sergio Vazquez Jimenez (Secretary General – EOTA) and ‘The Irish Government and BIM: the next four years’ by Mary Flynn (SCSI Ireland). Both Sergio and Mary are also delegates of CEEC. The seminar ended with a site visit to the airport in Brussels.
All the presentations at the seminar were filmed and can be watched here.
On Saturday the delegates of CEEC met again in Brussels for the General Assembly. Here Tarmo Savolainen stepped down as President after his maximum term. Vice President Agnete Skytte was elected as new President for a term of two years. Agnete is the first woman, as well as the first Swiss delegate to lead the CEEC as President. Because of the election of Agnete Skytte as new President, the role of Vice President became vacant. The General Assembly decided to appoint Steven Thompson as a temporary Vice President until the next meeting in Spring 2020 where a new Vice President will be chosen. Delegates who are interested to take the seat as Vice President are asked to contact Creon Swaghoven (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Also at the CEEC General Assembly in Brussels, Joe Martin and Martin Wright were honoured for all of the dedicated work they have both undertaken for CEEC over many years, in that both were awarded the title of honorary member.