The construction industry is very important to the EU economy. The sector provides 18 million direct jobs and contributes to about 9% of the EU's GDP. It also creates new jobs, drives economic growth, and provides solutions for social, climate and energy challenges. The goal of the European Commission is to help the sector become more competitive, resource efficient and sustainable.
17 September 2019
Call for tenders: Finalising an EU approach to assess facades' fire performance – Deadline 8 November 2019
28 September 2018
Discussion paper: road and rail infrastructure maintenance
14 September 2018
Pre-demolition and renovation guidelines on waste audits: 14 translations now available
22 January 2018
Public consultation on EU rules for construction products
The construction sector has been hit particularly hard by the financial and economic crisis. The main challenges facing construction are
The objectives of the European Commission is to help the construction sector meet challenges by
Up to 95% of construction, architecture, and civil engineering firms are micro-enterprises or small and medium-sized enterprise (SMES). Initiatives in EU countries on energy efficiency have a significant potential for job creation in this sector.
Another approach used to create jobs is the promotion of apprenticeships in the construction industry.