On 16 October, the first meeting of the new Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP) will be organised by the European Commission in Brussels. This meeting aims at bringing together Member States and stakeholders to discuss fire safety in building issues, exchange data, best practices and lessons learnt on fire safety in buildings.
This platform follows the initiative taken by the Republic of Slovakia during its presidency of the Council of the European Union last year to organise a Member State Roundtable on fire safety in buildings and it is also supported by the Estonian Presidency.
The meeting is expected to discuss, among other issues:
- The ongoing studies on smoke toxicity and on developing an EU approach to the fire assessment of facades.
- Fire safety in high rise buildings
- Eurocodes standards & the use of fire engineering principles.
The EU Commissioner, Mrs Elżbieta Bieńkowska announced the creation of the Fire Information Exchange Platform on 13 September during the European Parliament Plenary debate on fire safety in buildings.