31/07/2012 at 12:30
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Commission
On 31 July, the European Commission will publish a strategy to boost the competitiveness of the construction sector. Proposed actions will include: 1) stimulating favourable investment conditions, in particular in the renovation and maintenance of buildings and infrastructures; 2) boosting innovation and improving worker's qualifications by promoting mobility; 3) improving resource efficiency and environmental performance, promoting mutual recognition of sustainable construction systems in the EU; 4) providing standard design codes of practice to construction companies making it easier for them to work in other Member States; 5) fostering the global position of European construction enterprises to stimulate good performance and sustainable standards in third country markets.
The construction sector plays a very important role in the European economy, generating almost 10% of EU GDP and providing 20 million jobs, mainly in micro and small enterprises. The performance of the construction sector can significantly influence the development of the overall economy. The energy performance of buildings and resource efficiency in manufacturing, transport and the use of products for the construction of buildings and infrastructures have an important impact on the quality of life of Europeans. The competitiveness of construction companies is therefore an important issue not only for growth and employment in general but also to ensure the sustainability of the sector.
12.30 Vice President Antonio Tajani, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship, will present the Commission action plan at a press conference (Berlaymont press room in Brussels).