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Sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector and its enterprises

The Commission has adopted on 31.7.2012 the Communication to the European Parliament and the Council entitled “Strategy for the sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector and its enterprises” pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) (COM(2012) 433 final).

As an input to this communication the European Commission DG ENTR, unit G5 “Construction, Pressure Equipment and Metrology”, launched a study at the beginning of 2010 to look into the background, needs and feasibility of developing a new competitive agenda for the EU construction sector.

The contract to carry out the study was awarded to:

P.O. Box 4175
3006 AD Rotterdam
Watermanweg 44
3067 GG Rotterdam
The Netherlands

The study assesses in particular the competitive position of the EU construction sector, elaborates learning points derived from the implementation of the1997 competitiveness agenda, identifies and analyses key factors influencing the current and future competitiveness of the EU construction sector, examines and assesses the regulatory and other framework conditions at European and national level to identify key challenges that the mid-term strategy needs to address and presents a draft strategy, actions and implementation plan.

The core of the approach is the competitiveness analytical framework, which includes four overarching assessments of the sustainable competitiveness of the sector:

  • Assessment of inputs, structure and processes in the sector;
  • Assessment of external factors such as market demand and supply and other exogenous factors;
  • Assessment of competitive benchmarks in relation to business models and strategies; and
  • Assessment of regulatory and other framework conditions.


It also develops a draft strategy and implementation plan by providing:

  • Challenge/objectives tree for the sector (a tool helping to break down and graphically analyse challenges and objectives);
  • Policy development framework covering impact, timing, relevance, risks, resources and indicators;
  • Policy development workshop discussing the above inputs; and
  • Assessment of strategy in relation to future scenarios and up against ideal scenario.


The report is divided into 6 chapters and includes an English, French and German executive summary:

  • Chapter 1 presents a reading guideline, i.e. the background, objectives, approach and methodology and key tasks.
  • Chapter 2 defines the construction sector and its subsectors.
  • Chapter 3 contains an assessment of the competitive position of the EU construction sector.
  • Chapter 4 focuses on the regulatory conditions affecting the sector.
  • Chapter 5 examines the implementation of the 97 Competitiveness Agenda to extract the key learning points in relation to the implementation of the future sustainable competitiveness strategy.
  • Chapter 6 contains a strategic outlook for the EU construction sector.


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