ETEK: Proposals for the management of state buildings submitted to the Minister. Transportation

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Proposals for the effective management of state buildings and infrastructures were presented yesterday, Tuesday, by the Scientific and Technical Chamber of Cyprus (ETEK) to the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Alexis Vafeadis, during a meeting.

According to a press release from the Chamber, the proposals concern the creation of an electronic building identity register, regular inspections of buildings and infrastructure with the aim of structural upgrading where and where needed and energy upgrading of the state's buildings.

It is added that the proposals document accessibility problems in public buildings and the need for immediate action for comprehensive contracts for the maintenance and repairs of public buildings.

It is noted that according to what ETEK put to the Minister, an electronic identity register should be immediately created for the buildings that fall under the jurisdiction of the state. As stated, this is an extremely important tool, as its creation will enable the immediate and centralized identification of useful information for all the country's buildings, with significant benefits for citizens and the state.

It is added that public buildings should also be inspected at regular intervals, so that all necessary measures are taken to ensure public safety.

It is also underlined that the energy upgrading of buildings is also of great importance for ETEK, since by 2050 all buildings must be zero-emissions, with ETEK expressing concern and concern for the difficulty observed in the implementation of energy upgrades and the absorption of financial resources. It is noted that the new European directive on energy efficiency has greatly increased the number of buildings subject to the annual energy upgrade obligation.

It is pointed out that the issue of the accessibility of public buildings is a huge issue for ETEK, noting that the Chamber identifies serious problems with regard to the accessibility of state buildings and underlines the urgent need to record the existing situation, with the use of the private sector, and to categorize of the buildings so that the necessary actions can be set in motion to make them accessible.

It is noted that in relation to maintenance, ETEK considers that a transition strategy should be implemented from piecemeal and partial maintenance contracts to comprehensive maintenance and repair contracts.

In his statement, the President of ETEK, Konstantinos Constantis, said, among other things, that "state buildings and infrastructures are an important asset. The state must be a bright example in these matters, preparing an essential and effective strategy".

According to the press release, regarding the production chain of public works, in an enlarged meeting convened by the Minister of Transport last week, in the presence of the Auditor General, the Accountant General, representatives of the Department of Public Works, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and ETEK, discussed the issue of the inclusion of alternative dispute resolution methods in public sector contracts, with an emphasis on the Adjudication Process and with the aim of smooth and timely completion of projects.

It is noted that ETEK submitted its recommendations, which are based on international good practices and experience in the field, presenting the safeguards that must be put in place to ensure a structured and impartial dispute resolution process.

It is reported that ETEK presented at the same time the ways in which it can contribute to the procedures that will be followed, through the documents and procedures that it implements at the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods (KEMED ETEK).

Moreover, according to today's announcement by the Ministry, it is noted that the aim of the meetings of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works and ETEK, which will be held at regular intervals, is to strengthen cooperation and promote issues of common interest, through the exchange of ideas and of supporting initiatives that benefit both sides.

Source: KYPE