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Construction sector competitiveness

Architect talking to investor over the blueprints © endostock - Fotolia

Building regulations and public investment has a major influence on the sector in terms of cyclical stabilization of macro-economic trends. Furthermore, the construction sector is affected to a large extent by other legislation concerning the protection of the environment, energy efficiency, safety at work, social security, VAT, liability regimes, public procurement, etc.

At the same time, the competitiveness of the construction sector depends on:

  • the commitment of the market operators towards a better quality policy;
  • sustainability development objectives;
  • research and innovation activities;
  • improved skills and qualifications of its workforce and management.

The Lead Market Initiative Sustainable Construction aims at speeding up the access of citizens and business to new buildings features with enhanced quality of life through the creation of favourable framework conditions and public policy measures in the areas of legislation, standardization, labelling, certification and public procurement.

The Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General publishes a monthly magazine "Industrial policy indicators and analysisPDF [941 KB] - the December 2013 issue contains a special feature on the Construction sector.


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