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EFCI News – Issue 19 | July 2021


EFCI News - Issue 19


The EFCI is organising its eleventh conference on 11-15 October 2021. Following the limitations brought by Covid-19 pandemic, the programme will be organised online through daily seminars and exchanges that will give the opportunity to its members and stakeholders of discussing the most pressing issues for the sector in the context of the recovery from the pandemic. The programme of the Online Week will include exchanges with representatives of the European Institutions and other EFCI stakeholders, as well as from the sector itself.

The programme: thematic daily seminars

On Monday 11 October, the Online Week will be inaugurated with the presentation of EFCI’s 2021 Report on the State of the Industry, which builds on the reputed EFCI surveys. This years’ edition is completed with a study on the effects of COVID-19, which will be analysed by representatives of the sector’s association leaders.

This will liaise with the session of Tuesday 12 October, which will invite policy makers and experts to discuss how the sector can contribute and benefit from Europe’s recovery plans. After being recognised as essential and continuing to tirelessly provide essential services to all sectors of the economy through this crisis, our sector is ready to continue to ensure our fellow citizens’ wellbeing in all spaces of their daily life. The panel will include testimonials of cleaning contractor’s experiences in creating meaningful jobs and how public policy can contribute, through tools like public procurement, to consolidate our sector’s role as a vector for recovery and job creation.

Thursday 14 October will be dedicated to sustainability and the green transition of the sector. From regulatory aspects to practical examples of how the sector’s company are re-designing their businesses to go circular, the panel will provide tools for discussion and analysis for cleaning and facility services companies of all sizes.

Friday 15 will close the week with a session on innovation and digitalization, seeking to improve the industry’s readiness for new technologies with the challenges and opportunities they bring along, in a panel that will unite policy forecasts, suppliers’ views and industries’ success experiences.

An Executive Summit for leaders of the Industry

On Wednesday 13 October, the EFCI invites cleaning company and association leaders to an exchange on the current and future challenges of the sector. Company and associations executives will be invited to analyse the level of preparedness of the sector for the challenges ahead and specially for the green and digital transitions. This summit will count with interpretation and will be open to members of EFCI’s members.

The Progamme of the Week

The detailed programme of the week is being confirmed. You can read more about it here and already register to one or all of the seminars through this form.

Open to Sponsorship

EFCI’s Online Week is open for sponsorship opportunities for suppliers and other stakeholders of the sector, as it was the case for 2019 Conference.

 The details on the program and registration are constantly updated on


On 12 May, the Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion launched a consultation of social partners on the review of the EU sectoral social dialogue. The review is part of the Commission’s initiative to support social dialogue at the EU and national level, to be presented in 2022 as announced in the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan.

The consultation document explained that the review aims to support the EU sectoral social dialogue to better embrace challenges in the world of work, such as digitalisation and new forms of work.

With the input of the members of the Social Affairs and Vocational Education and training Committee (SAVET), the EFCI submitted on 16 July its contribution to the consultation.

EFCI’s contribution was drafted on the basis of the comments and input provided by the members of EFCI’s Social Affairs Committee. It raised several key points for action and areas of improvement by (i) requesting better and foreseeable planning on the launch of Commission consultations, (ii) highlighting the need for an enhanced uptake of  employers contributions to the European debates on social affairs C-by the European Commission and (iii) requesting better communication on the European Social Dialogue and the activities of social partners in this framework, especially on joint statements, joint projects and their outcomes.

In order to achieve the above, the EFCI requested the establishment of a contact point for Social Dialogue in the different DGs of the European Commission and (iii) proposed the Commission to study cross-sectoral means to actively support the capacity of both the European Social Partners and their members in order to facilitate the integration and continuity of national sectoral organisations into the membership of European social partners. Regarding the follow-up to the projects by social partners and to their contributions to policy debates, the EFCI requested better support to the dissemination of the projects as an integral part of them, in particular by involving the relevant services of DG EMPL in the dissemination of the results of the projects withing the European Institutions and national authorities.

The EFCI reiterates in this way its compromise with Social Dialogue both at European and national levels and will continue to work to streamline the content of the work and results of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Industrial Cleaning.