FSEU Intel – EU Fire Information Exchange Platform

At the FIEP plenary meeting which was held on February 27, 2019, Member States, European Commission officials and associations took stock of the progress made and outlined the next steps for the platform.

FSEU Intel – FIEP Project Team 3: Fire Prevention Principles

On September 14, 2018, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Growth) held another edition of the Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP) focusing on Fire Prevention Principles.

NEWS UPDATE: Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP) – Meeting of 29 June 2018

Brussels, 29 June 2018: Fire Information Exchange Platform ( FIEP ) begins to work with two project teams on exchange of Member States experience from fire accidents and on exchange of Member States experience on the regulatory fire safety approach for new products and tall buildings.

The European Commission forms two Project Teams for the FIEP

The European Commission’s DG GROW has announced the creation of two Project Teams with representatives from Member States and firefighters. The objective of the Project Teams is elaborating proposals for the plenary of the Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP).

The European Commission announces next steps for Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP)

The European Commission’s DG GROW outlines the areas for future cooperation in the Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP) and provides an update on its current activities.

1st Meeting of the Fire Information Exchange Platform

The European Commission, with the support of the Estonian presidency of the Council, held the first meeting of the Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP). 25 Member States and 25 associations, including FSEU, came to discuss key challenges for fire safety in buildings.

First meeting of European Commission-led Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP) lays out ambitious EU work plan for fire safety in buildings

The European Commission, with the support of the Estonian presidency of the Council, held the first meeting of the Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP) in Brussels on October 16. 25 Member States and 25 associations came to discuss key challenges for fire safety in buildings.

FSEU Press Statement following announcement by the European Commission of a Fire Safety platform

On Wednesday 13 September 2017, the European Parliament held a debate on fire safety in buildings, during which the European Commission announced it would set up a Fire Safety platform. FSEU welcomes this positive step towards improving fire safety in building.

What is the Fire Exchange Platform (FIEP)?

The Fire Exchange Platform (FIEP) was created by the European Commission DG Grow in 2017 thanks to the work of the European Parliament which debated fire safety in buildings at a plenary session in September 2017, and thanks to Fire Safe Europe’ #EuCanBeFireSafe campaign.

The FIEP’s objectives are to stimulate the cooperation among Member States as well as to allow the exchange of best practices and lessons learnt between Member States and relevant stakeholders in the field of fire safety.

The first meeting of the FIEP took place in Brussels on 16 October 2017. Over 50 participants attended, including Member States’ representatives and various stakeholder.

Cooperation areas

The areas of collaboration that were pinpointed by the FIEP members are:

Lessons Learned: Exchange of experiences from fire accidents (Project team 1)
New Products: Regulatory approach for new products and high-rise buildings (Project team 2)
• Fire Prevention: Application of fire prevention principles (Project team 3)
Fire Safety Engineering: Use of fire engineering approach in building regulations
Data Collection: Common terminology and fire statistics (Supported by the European Parliament)

The project teams 1 and 2 working on lesson learned and new products, gathered on 29 June 2018 for a first meeting. Project team 3 on fire prevention met for the first time on 14 September 2018.

Data collection is moving forward

Under the lead of MEP Bendt Bendtsen, the European Parliament put forward an amendment to fund a pilot project on data collection. This project would be integrated in the FIEP project team on data collection.

The amendment was approved by the ITRE committee on 10 July 2018, and by the BUDG committee on 25 September.

Next step: European Commission to draft the terms of reference. We will keep you posted.

Fire Safe Europe (FSEU) supporting FIEP

FSEU supports DG GROW  and aims at amplifying the role of the FIEP, fostering dialogue and generating input from fire safety stakeholders.

Since 2016, FSEU and 15 partners have been asking the European Commission to develop a European Fire Safety Strategy at EU level. The Fire Information Exchange Platform, by addressing the collection of comparable data and by empowering Member States to share best practices, is fulfilling the first 2 steps to building a Fire Safety Strategy that we had envisaged in our call to action: the EU needs a fire safety strategy.

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