Commission presents construction sector action plan: extracts from the press conference by Antonio TAJANI, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship
Première transmission: 31/07/2012
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 31/07/2012
At a press conference today in Brussels, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, presented a new European Commission's Communication aimed at unleashing the potential of low energy buildings to restore growth in Europe.
Low energy buildings with high CO2 and energy cost saving potential still have a limited market uptake, despite their economic and environmental advantages. Construction comprises of more than 10% of total employment in the EU.
Its main elements include stimulating favourable investment conditions, in particular in the renovation and maintenance of buildings. For example, encouraging the take up of the package of up to €120 billion in loans available from the European Investment Bank (EIB) as part of June's Pact for Growth and Employment. Secondly, boosting innovation and improving worker's qualifications by promoting mobility. Thirdly, improving resource efficiency, by promoting mutual recognition of sustainable construction systems in the EU. Fourthly, providing standard design codes of practice to construction companies making it easier for them to work in other Member States. Finally, fostering the global position of European construction enterprises to stimulate good performance and sustainable construction standards in third countries.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, at the press conference (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) by Antonio Tajani saying that the European Commission today approved a Communication on one of the key sectors of Europe's industrial policy: construction. This sector has been included in the European Commission's strategy for growth. At the same time, this is a sector that as present is suffering considerably. There have been many job losses since the end of 2008, of about half a million people.
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||SOUNDBITE (Italian) by Antonio Tajani saying that this Communication and the challenges dealt with are enriched by an action plan which is intended to restore competitiveness to this sector, make it possible for this sector to create new jobs.
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) by Antonio Tajani saying that greater growth in the European Union needs to be supported by innovative construction. There are integrated solutions projected for low-energy buildings, making it possible to save 80% of energy costs. These techniques are still not very widespread in Europe. The answer would be to investing research and development, in new materials, in heating and cooling systems, and training or architects and technicians.
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) by Antonio Tajani saying that the construction sector needs to be able to compete. Here the latest proposal made by the European Commission on public procurement aims at guaranteeing the principle of reciprocity and the level playing field. The same rules have to be applied to calls for tenders. Unfortunately, in the construction sector, there are many restrictions imposed outside the borders of the EU. The Communication points at China.
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