Professor Thomas Bauer has been appointed as the new president of the European Construction Industry Federation, FIEC, replacing outgoing president Kjetil Tonning.
Currently chairman of the supervisory board with the German contractor Bauer AG, Thomas Bauer also has more than 20 years’ experience in senior positions within industry bodies, including roles as vice president and president of the German Construction Industry Federation, HDB.
Professor Bauer said in a statement, “The construction industry is one of the largest players in our economy. It employs around 7% of all the workforce and builds the basis of a sustainable and competitive society. Construction plays a key role in increasing our quality of life, in ensuring the success of our economies, as well as our culture and wellbeing, our mobility and for sustainable development in general.
“One of the main objectives of FIEC is precisely to facilitate all necessary political and economic initiatives to enable the construction industry with all its workforce to play this important role in the best possible manner. We aim to ensure the cooperation required between all parties concerned for the successful management of businesses for their employees, owners and other stakeholders.”
Bauer will head up FIEC’s steering committee, along with the organisation’s 11 newly-elected vice presidents:
María-Ángeles ASENJO (ES), representative for Spain
José Michaël CHENU (FR), representative for France
Philip CRAMPTON (IE), representative for the group IE, PT
Michail DAKTYLIDIS (GR), representative for the group CY, GR
Philippe DESSOY (BE), representative for EIC (European International Contractors)
Lubomir KATCHAMAKOV (BG), representative for BG, CZ, EE, HU, HR, LT, LV, RO, SI, SK, UA
Juha MetSälä (FI), representative for the group DK, FI, NO, SE
Rüdiger OTTO (DE), representative for Germany
Piero PETRUCCO (IT), representative for Italy
Alexander PONGRATZ (AT), representative for AT
Joël SCHONS (LU), representative for the group BE, LU, NL