As the Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP) takes shape, the European Commission’s DG GROW recently gave an update on its current activities and outlined the main areas for the platform’s future cooperation.
Currently, the Commission is examining:
- priorities and organisation of the work (secretariat, etc.),
- possible contribution from other Commission services,
- creation of specific Project Teams to prepare proposals for the FIEP Plenary,
- planning further FIEP Plenary meetings (2 per year).
Areas for cooperation
The official areas for future cooperation are:
- common terminology and fire statistics,
- the application of fire prevention principles,
- dealing with new products (e.g. integrated photovoltaic panels) and high-rise buildings,
- the exchange of experience from fire accidents,
- the use of a fire engineering approach in building regulations information.
The red-thread priority running through all cooperation is domestic fire safety as most fire victims occur in houses or apartments.
About the FIEP
The FIEP was created with the objective of stimulating the cooperation among Member States as well as allowing 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 and had more than 80 participants, including representatives from Member States and various European associations. See our news update for more information.