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  • ECCE Manifesto for Action for the EU Term 2024-2029
    With the upcoming European elections in 2024, ECCE presents its Manifesto for Action, outlining essential priorities for the EU term 2024-2029. This manifesto is not just a call to action but a continuation of ECCE’s Strategic Plan 2023-2030, ensuring alignment with our long-term goals and reinforcing our commitment to a sustainable and resilient Europe.
    Published: 31.05.2024
  • ECCE's Statement on Russia's invasion to Ukraine
    ECCE express its condemnation about the ongoing deadly conflict between Russia and Ukraine and makes a plea for peace.
    Published: 09.03.2022
  • Infrastructure in 2022: a horizon scan of the year ahead for civil engineering
    As civil engineers, we are responsible for the infrastructure around all of us. The roads, bridges, power cables and drains we deliver are part of the daily fabric of life - and are often taken for granted in wider society. However, climate change and the need for net zero carbon emissions have demolished the status quo. Other trends, such as growing urbanisation and new technologies, underline the need for an urgent, profound response. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought a stark warning of what challenges could lie ahead. Reducing our carbon footprint is crucial for a sustainable future and, with infrastructure being responsible for more than half of the UK's total carbon emissions, civil engineers know they can, and must, play a vital role. The report sets out the major issues that need to be addressed in areas aligned with ICE's core objectives.
    Published: 10.12.2021
  • ICE Engineering Rebellion Report
    The climate crisis, urbanisation, the pandemic and a demand for inclusivity are all accelerating and putting different pressures on the natural and built environment. In response, taxpayers, infrastructure owners and investors are seeking a wider range of outcomes for their money. Engineering Rebellion was set up to examine who the civil engineer of the future will be and how ICE should adapt to embrace them.
    Published: 05.11.2021
  • Towards a shared culture of Architecture - Report of the EU Member State Expert Group
    Under the priority "Cohesion and well-being" the Council of the European Union's 2019-2022 work plan for culture established the creation of an Open Method of Coordination (OMC) group of Member States' experts focusing on high-quality architecture and built environment for everyone. In 2020 and 2021 a group of 39 experts nominated by 23 Member States, plus Norway and Switzerland collaborated closely with the aim of addressing current challenges and long-term strategies for our living environment. In the process coordinated by the European Commission, the experts exchanged knowledge, analysed case studies and developed recommendations on the many ways high-quality architecture can help to improve and further develop the spaces and places of Europe for the benefit of everyone.
    Published: 09.12.2021
  • Scenarios for a transition pathway for a resilient, greener and more digital construction ecosystem
    European Commission's Staff Working Document on Scenarios for a transition pathway for a resilient, greener and more digital construction ecosystem
    Published: 14.12.2021
  • BPIE - Building Renovation: a kick-starter for the EU recovery
    The BPIE has carried out this Study at the request of the Renovate Europe Campaign at a time when the topic of energy renovation seems to be on everyone's lips. The request was made following the realisation that an overview of recent research on the job creation and macro-economic benefits of energy renovation in the EU has not been compiled in almost 6 years. The findings are encouraging, in the sense that much research has taken place at all levels - national level, European level and global level - and that the stimulus effect of investing in energy renovation is great. This makes this short Study a valuable contribution to the debate on how and where to spend the large funds that are being mobilised to help the EU and its Member States recover from the economic impact of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Published: 30.11.2021
  • European Commission: The Global Gateway
    Global Gateway: up to 300 billion Euros for the European Union's strategy to boost sustainable links around the world. The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy launch the Global Gateway, the new European Strategy to boost smart, clean and secure links in digital, energy and transport and strengthen health, education and research systems across the world. It stands for sustainable and trusted connections that work for people and the planet, to tackle the most pressing global challenges, from climate change and protecting the environment, to improving health security and boosting competitiveness and global supply chains. Global Gateway aims to mobilise up to 300 billion EUR in investments between 2021 and 2027 to underpin a lasting global recovery, taking into account our partners needs and EU's own interests.
    Published: 01.12.2021
  • UNESCO Engineering Report 2021
    Despite high demand for engineering, a global effort is needed to address specific regional disparities, especially in Africa, according to the second UNESCO Engineering Report, Engineering for Sustainable Development: Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals, released to mark the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development that was observed on 4 March 2021. The Report points to currently insufficient engineering capacities to achieve the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and highlights the lack of diversity in the field. It demonstrates how equal opportunity for all is key to ensuring an inclusive and gender balanced profession able to realize its full potential. The Report further notes that the unprecedented situation presented by the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the interconnected nature of societies and how scientific innovations, through the effective implementation of engineering, can increase resilience. The report presents a snapshot of engineering innovations and actions that are contributing to meeting the SDGs, with contributions from authors from every region of the world. It highlights the crucial role of engineering in achieving each of the 17 SDGs, and explains why it is crucial to engage the engineering profession. The report also demonstrates how engineering innovations and new technologies, especially those using information and communication technologies and data, are transforming our world for the better. Most importantly, it demonstrates how engineering is vital to solving the critical issues of today, including climate change, urbanization and preserving the health of our oceans and forests, for example.
    Published: 04.03.2021
  • ECCE Statement on the COVID-19 crisis
    ECCE Statement on the COVID-19 crisis
    Published: 20.06.2020
  • EU Construction sector joint statement-COVID19-March 2020
    European Construction Sector joint statement regarding urgent measures to protect workers' health, support economic activity and accelerate the recovery
    Published: 30.03.2020
  • Construction 2050 - Building tomorrow's Europe today
    Construction stakeholders call upon the European Commission to strengthen the current construction policy context by creating a new vision for the built environment: “Construction 2050: Building tomorrow’s Europe today”.
    Published: 13.06.2019
  • Construction 2050 Joint Press Release
    A Joint Press Release on the Construction 2050
    Published: 13.06.2019
  • ECCE Position Paper on "The infrastructure and management of water"
    adopted by the 66th ECCE General Assembly, 4 October 2017, Vienna
    Published: 04.10.2017
  • ECCE book "Footbridges - Small is beautiful"
    by the ECCE Task Force on Civil Engineering Heritage, Editor -in-chief Gorazd Humar
    Published: 01.10.2014
  • ECCE book "Civil Engineering Heritage in Europe"
    by the ECCE Task Force on Civil Engineering Heritage, Editor -in-chief Gorazd Humar
    Published: 01.08.2009
  • 30 Years of ECCE History 1985-2016
    by Yrjo Matikainen, contributing authors Fernando Branco and Vassilis Economopoulos
    Published: 13.10.2016
  • European Criteria applied to the assessment of works tenders
    by Janusz RYMSZA, Professor, PhD, Eng. and Włodzimierz SZYMCZAK, President ECCE
    Published: 22.06.2016
  • A Closer Look at Prevailing Civil Engineering Practice - What, Why and How
    by Vincent T. H. CHU
    Published: 16.03.2010
  • The Underlying Reasons of Practical Civil Engineering Works
    by Vincent T. H. CHU
    Published: 24.11.2009
    Introductory Note for Open Discussion by ECCE President Vassilis P. Economopoulos
    Published: 01.10.2009
  • Ask Vincent Chu
    Common FAQ on Practical Civil Engineering Works
    Published: 22.10.2009
  • Civil Engineering Practical Notes A-Z
    Second Edition
    Published: 21.10.2009
  • Earthquakes and Tsunamis
    Volume of Keynote Papers from from WCCE-TCCE-ECCE Joint Conference EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI 2009
    Published: 21.10.2009
  • Small Bussines Act: ECCE Activities
    ECCE Position Paper and other document related to Small Business Act
    Published: 17.07.2009
  • Professional Recognition of Civil Engineers
    ECCE Professional Recognition Recomendation
    Published: 20.07.2009
  • ECCE Book: Civil Engineering Heritage in Europe
    A book on Civil Engineering Heritage composed of contributions from ECCE member organizations and promotes Civil Engineering through presentation of emblematic civil engineering projects already built in Europe.
    Published: 11.03.2009
  • ECCE book: Civil Engineering Profession in Europe 2005
    A review of the profession in Europe today from education to professional practice
    Published: 31.10.2005
  • Engineering Book: 200 Questions and Answers on Practical Civil Engineering Works (Author: Vincent T. H. CHU)
    This book contains many useful questions that civil engineers may come across during their day-to-day work. The author established a free civil email service in which all engineers could send their civil engineering queries - and he will provide the answers shortly. Vincent Chu is currently writing the book "200 Questions and Answers on Practical Civil Engineering Works Part II" and he sincerely invites the submission of civil engineering questions to email to askvincentchu to facilitate the completion of the book. For those questions selected by Vincent Chu to be published in his new book, a free copy of the book shall be delivered to the author of those questions.
    Published: 01.02.2009

  • Published: 22.07.2024