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.
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)|
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.
- FSEU Intel – FIEP Project Team 3 Fire Prevention Principles
- News update “Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP) – Meeting of 29 June 2018
- The European Commission forms two Project Teams for the FIEP
- The European Commission announces next steps for Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP)
- FSEU’s Press Statement “Statement by Fire Safe Europe following announcement by the European Commission of a Fire Safety platform”
- Press Release “No comparable data and limited cooperation on fire safety: EU Member States meet for the first time to learn from each other”
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