A sustainable and competitive European construction industry brings many benefits to society and the EU economy. The sector is affected by several other policies, such as environmental protection, energy efficiency, work safety, taxation, and public procurement. The objective of the European Commission is to promote a favourable framework to boost competitiveness and support sustainable growth in the sector.
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In 2012, the Commission published a Communication Strategy for the sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector and its enterprises. The document is a part of the Europe 2020 initiative. It focuses on the promotion of favourable market conditions for sustainable growth in the construction sector. Five areas are addressed: