Published in OJ N° S67 of 07/04/2009<br/><br/>CALL FOR TENDERS No ENTR/09/009 - Study to develop a promotion/information strategy for the Eurocodes in 3rd countries
The Eurocodes constitute a complete set of voluntary common standards containing calculation methods to assess the mechanical resistance of construction structures or parts thereof. They are made up of in total 58 European standards (ENs) which were all finalised, adopted and published before June 2007. These 58 parts of the Eurocodes cover 10 design areas (Basis of Design, Actions, Steel, Concrete, Composite Steel and Concrete, Timber, Masonry and Aluminium, together with Geotechnical design and Seismic design). They are now becoming the Europe-wide means for structural design of buildings and other civil-engineering works. Thus, the Eurocodes are of vital importance to the entire European construction sector, including public authorities, designers, architects, contractors and producers of structural construction products.
Pointing to the key role of the Eurocodes in ensuring a high level of safety for construction works all over the union and in facilitating the implementation of the Internal Market for services (engineering and contracting) and structural construction products, the Commission Recommendation 2003/887/EC of 11 December 2003 strongly encourages the EU Member States to take on board the Eurocodes as their national design codes. The Eurocodes constitute a coherent framework of common calculation methods but with facilities to adapt the functioning to national settings and priorities through a set of Nationally Determined Parameters (NDPs). When taking the Eurocodes on board, the Member states are expected to define the NDPs to be observed on their territory based on differences in for example climate and construction traditions.
All EU Member States have initiated the process towards full adoption of the Eurocodes as national design codes, including the defining of the NDPs. Due to different regulatory systems and setups, the process and the delays before full implementation varies between the EU Member States. While some Member States already have fully replaced their previous national codes by the Eurocodes, all should in principle meet the agreed final deadline of 2010.
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