Policy statements in support of the ACE Manifesto

Since 2008, the construction sector has been severely impacted by the economic crisis. Strong and targeted actions at EU level are necessary to create a coherent legislative framework, which will accelerate and consolidate the recovery of the sector, while ensuring safety and quality in the built environment.  With over half a million of practising architects in Europe, the architectural sector plays a key role in the construction sector. Moreover, good architecture is essential to the well-being of European citizens and is vital in guaranteeing their safety, as well as a sustainable future for our society.

In early 2014, the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) launched a Manifesto for the European Parliament elections, calling on candidates to commit to promoting responsible architecture, advancing highest professional standards and optimising professional mobility. Please find below a suite of eight policy positions supporting these policy objectives:

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ACE Policy Positions

The European Union plays a growing role in many areas affecting the built environment and the daily practice of the architectural profession: recognition of professional qualifications, establishment and provision of services in another Member States, public procurement, insurance, trade agreements, energy performance of buildings, etc. Moreover, a coherent and progressive regulatory framework at EU level is necessary to accelerate and consolidate the recovery of the sector, severely impacted by the 2008 economic crisis, and ensure safety and quality in the built environment. 

In pursuit of its mission and objectives, the Architects’ Council of Europe develops policy positions to contribute to the EU decision-making process: responds to Commission’s public consultations, reacts to legislative proposals and non-legislative initiatives, proposes amendments to European Parliament reports, but also issues guidelines and recommendations to Member Organsations to support the transposition of the EU legislation into national law.

This page gathers all ACE policy positions adopted by the ACE General Assembly. They support the achievement of ACE's strategic priorities, namely:  

1) Advancing the highest professional standards – to safeguard the public interest; 

2) Optimising professional mobility – to stimulate jobs and growth; 

3) Promoting responsible architecture to improve quality of life.





ACE commentary on the Strategy for the Sustainable Competitiveness of the Construction Sector and its Enterprises  

ACE Member Organisations have adopted a Quality Charter on the Provision of Architectural Services to Society as an outward sign of the profound commitment of the profession to ensuring that it lives up to the expectations of society by assuring that the services it provides to its clients are quality based and that the construction outcome makes a positive contribution to the quality of live of the citizens of Europe.

ACE policy recommendations to close the gap between the expected and achieved energy performance of buildings (‘performance gap’). 

Since buildings are a long-term investment, it is crucial to calculate their value in aspect of their impact over a long-term period. It is important to understand the life cycle performance of buildings and the integrated and comprehensive, investment evaluation approach. 

The architectural profession is determined to help deliver high quality, sustainable architecture, that must characterise the built environment in Europe throughout the 21st Century in order that it makes a significant contribution to resolving the environmental and climatic problems faced by our planet.  

Joint Declaration signed by ACE, the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC), the European Federation of Building and Wood Workers (EFBWW), the European Builders’ Confederation (EBC), the European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA), the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE) and the Ministry for Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands 

Taking into account the Staff Working Paper published by the European Commission in October 2013, the aim of this Policy Paper is to provide a brief commentary on issues that arise in relation to professional liability and indemnity insurance for architects in the EU.   

Through this Declaration, ACE, ARCASIA and AUA call on the UIA Council and the Vision & Strategy Council to continue to work on concrete proposals to strengthen and include the existing regional architectural organisations in an effective mutual cooperation. They commit to further develop mutual multi- and bilateral cooperation between themselves. 

Joint Statement by ACE, Council of European Dentists (CED), European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), European Midwives Association (EMA), Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU), Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME).  


Declaration signed by the Presidents of ACE, the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Chamber of Engineers in the Investment Design and the Bulgarian Construction Chamber.Declaration signed by the Presidents of ACE, the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Chamber of Engineers in the Investment Design and the Bulgarian Construction Chamber.  

Declaration adopted on the occasion of the UIA World Congress in Durban recognising the architects' central role in planning and designing the built environment, and the need to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and provide equal access to shelter. 

The purpose of this consultation was to gather ideas and further clarifying the need for an EU urban agenda, what its objectives should be and how it could function.


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