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EU Exchange Meetings

Throughout the whole BUILD UP Skills Initiative , a number of EU Exchange Meetings have been organised to promote the European dimension of the programme and to foster exchange of ideas between the countries. Some of the challenges in the building sector are country specific but most are arguably common across many countries. The Exchange Meetings foster the exchange and transfer of the rich technical expertise and experience that exist within the national BUILD UP Skills Consortia.

Six EU exchange meetings were organised by the EASME between November 2011 and 2014. Since September 2015, two meetings per year have been organised, with meetings held in Brussels (January 2016), Budapest (June 2016), Athens (December 2016)Rotterdam (May 2017), Barcelona (May 2019), and Brussels (December 2020). The latest was divided into a private and a public remote event. During these meetings, partners in the BUILD UP Skills Initiative projects, as well as of the Horizon 2020 Construction skills projects meet and exchange ideas in a number of interactive plenary and parallel sessions and workshops, facilitated by a professional team of consultants.

12th BUILD UP Skills European exchange meeting – 09- 10 December 2020

Leveraging the skills of building professionals to deliver on the European Green Deal – 9/12/2020

This event organised with the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) aimed to provide an opportunity for an exchange of views between stakeholders and EU policymakers on the role of skilled building professionals in delivering the European Green Deal, in particular the so-called ‘renovation wave’ of public and private buildings.

A policy panel took stock of the progress achieved and efforts needed towards the 2030 targets. Parallel sessions discussed the role of skilled professionals in constructing and managing highly efficient and more digitalised buildings and delivering high-quality renovations. Panel discussions investigated the way forward, in particular how the contribution of skilled building professionals can be made more visible and valued by the market.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was organised fully online as a web-streaming.

You can watch the video of the event in our YouTube channel!


12th BUILD UP Skills European exchange meeting – 10/12/2020 

The 12th edition of the BUILD UP Skills European exchange meeting gathered together participants from EU-funded projects addressing the upskilling of building professionals. These European exchange meetings have been held since the early days of the BUILD UP Skills initiative, which began in 2011. They aim to create a forum for exchange on common challenges and good practices in an effort to advance the skills agenda in the field of energy-efficient buildings.

1st EU Exchange Meeting, Brussels, 23-25 November 2011