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“Construction 2050 - Building tomorrow’s Europe today”: Construction stakeholders call for a new policy framework

Construction stakeholders believe that the Construction 2020 initiative should be reinforced in order to fully achieve its ambitions, aimed at supporting the construction sector’s adaptation to key emerging challenges and to promote the sustainable competitiveness of the sector.

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To this end, major European construction representatives have united, to stress their commitment to the extension of the existing programme in the form of the “Construction 2050: Building tomorrow’s Europe today” initiative. This comprehensive framework should be fully embraced by all actors in the construction ecosystem, Member States and European institutions. Building on the results of the current Construction 2020 initiative, this new framework should be based on the following principles:

  • A specific targeted approach to construction because the sector is at the crossroads of different value chains and its unique nature requires a unique approach

  • An adaptable policy framework to address the evolving construction ecosystem and the transformation of the industry

  • A holistic approach towards policy making in order to implement coherent and balanced policies and legislation

  • A strong partnership between the European institutions, the Member States and construction social partners and stakeholders to steer the transformation of the sector with the most adequate policies and tools.

In order to implement these principles, construction stakeholders have published a common vision for the future of the construction sector. This vision identifies the main challenges for the construction sector and contains concrete proposals.

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Enrico Prandini, CECE President stated: “Every construction work, be it a school, a road or a city, begins with a machine: this statement is eloquent of the key role of our machines in building a sustainable society towards 2050. To raise the level of ambition we decided with our partners of the ECF to put forward a number of proposals aimed at endowing the construction value chain with a comprehensive regulatory policy framework after 2020”.

By optimising the way construction works thanks to the development of a new inspiring and relevant policy framework, we will improve the lives of European citizens by providing higher value with fewer natural resources; and higher quality assets for owners and users. Construction is the solution industry. Addressing the challenges that the construction sector is facing means addressing the challenges of European citizens.

Source: CECE - Committee for European Construction Equipment

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