AEDIP is a trade union that was established under Spanish law 19/1977 of 1 April on the right of trades union association. It is a permanent national not-for-profit association that has adopted the name “ASOCIACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE DIRECCIÓN INTEGRADA DE PROYECTOS” [“SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT”].

It brings together consulting and engineering companies from the construction industry, who consider Construction Project Management to be “the best way of taking forward Projects in the industry, from their conception until their final delivery to the client, ready for use”.

Its aims (Article 7) include:

  • To represent and defend the legitimate interests of its members.
  • To promote the knowledge, dissemination and use of “Construction Project Management” in the construction industry.
  • To represent, defend and promote the interests of its members to public authorities and any other Spanish, foreign and international organisations or bodies, whether public or private.
  • To coordinate, join forces with and support its members’ initiatives.
  • To participate in a social dialogue with trades union organisations in order to agree policies of mutual interest within the industry on subjects such as collective negotiation, vocational training, health and safety at work, mediation and arbitration for resolving collective disputes and matters of a similar nature, encouraging the conditions that will guarantee social harmony and improve labour relations within companies.

Accordingly, it pursues activities (Article 8) designed to achieve its aims:

a) Discussions with the public authorities in relation to situations that might affect the industry.
b) Defending the professional interests of its members to the Public Authorities in relation to any issues and matters that might directly or indirectly affect them or be of interest to them.
c) Liaising with other business organisations and associations to defend any interests they have in common.
d) Coordinating the provision of information, publicity or any other activities aimed at the general public when this is in the interests of its members, such as producing yearbooks and technical publications, taking part in conferences, trade fairs, seminars or forums of any other kind, holding periodic meetings, etc.
e) Promoting technical meetings and holding courses, masters, seminars, lecturers and any other training activities.
f) Producing and disseminating technical publications.
g) Participating, together with public and private authorities and other entities, in the decision-making process, in the preparation of legislation and regulations and in any other activity that directly or indirectly affects the Association’s professional work, respecting the powers of its members.
h) Contributing to public or private bodies at a municipal, provincial, regional, national or international level.
i) Participating in the negotiation of collective employment agreements and non-binding pacts that might have an impact on the effectiveness of the Association’s members.
j) Providing members of the Association with the services they need and promoting the establishment of entities designed to achieve these ends.
k) Providing members of the Association with technical, legal and any other kind of services.
l) Encouraging mutual understanding and collaboration between the members of the association, in accordance with maximum respect for the rules of free competition, and providing mediation in order to resolve differences arising between them, when asked to do so, with the mutual agreement of the parties concerned.
m) Signing partnership agreements with public or private bodies, whether Spanish or international, whose object is to pursue activities related with the Association’s goals.
n) Sponsoring R&D related with Construction Project Management.
ñ) And, in general, any other activities that will help to develop, coordinate and harmonise the Association’s work.

For the better achievement of its ends, the Association can promote the establishment of national and international federations and confederations, or become a member of pre-existing federations and confederations, without losing its own personality and after the necessary legal requirements and those established in the Association’s By-laws have been met.

The Association can also enter into partnership or teaming agreements with public or private entities, both national and international, whose purpose is to promote and develop the associative aims of its members.

The Association can also set up publishing and production companies to produce printed and audio-visual material.