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Cembureau announces construction stakeholders call for new policy framework

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Cembureau has announced that construction stakeholders believe that the Construction 2020 initiative should be reinforced in order to fully achieve its ambitions, aimed at supporting the construction sector’s adaption to key emerging challenges and to promote the sustainable competitiveness of the sector. To this end, major European construction representatives have united to stress their commitment to the extension of the existing programme in the form of the ‘Construction 2050: Building tomorrow’s Europe today’ initiative. Cembureau has suggested that this framework should be fully embraced by all actors in the construction ecosystem, member states, and European institutions. Building on the results of the current Construction 2020 initiative, the stakeholders have suggested that the framework should be based on the following principles:

  • A specific targeted approach to construction, because the sector is at a crossroads of different value chains and its unique nature requires a unique approach.
  • An adaptable policy framework to address the evolving construction ecosystem and the transformation of the industry.
  • A holistic approach towards policy making in order to implement coherent and balanced policies and legislation.
  • A strong partnership between the European institutions, the member states, and construction social partners and stakeholders, to steel the transformation of the sector with the most adequate policies and tools.

In order to implement these changes, construction stakeholders have published a common vision for the future of the construction sector. This vision identifies the main challenges for the construction sector and contains proposals.

“A specific policy framework for the built environment at EU level is needed since we are an industry where cooperation along the value chain and with policy makers is key to bring all three pillars of sustainability evironmental, social, and economic to society,” said Koen Coppenholle, Chief Executive of Cembureau.

The association has stated that, by optimising the way construction works thanks to the development of a new inspiring and relevant policy framework, the lives of European citizens will be improved by providing higher value with fewer natural resources, and higher quality assets for owners and users. It notes that construction is the solution industry and addressing the challenges that the industry is facing means addressing the challenges of European citizens.

According to the association, the sustainable Europe of tomorrow cannot be achieved without the construction sector. All the actors of the construction process must be involved for the EU to respond to its main challenges: competitiveness, youth unemployment, digital economy, urban regeneration, energy efficiency and energy poverty, circular economy, affordable housing, climate change, mobility, and connected infrastructure, etc. Cembureau has stated that the construction sector is at the heart of life: construction enterprises and their workers build the homes we live in, the roads on which we travel, and the buildings we work or learn in. European citizens spend over 90% of their time indoors, meaning that health and well-being strongly depends on how buildings are built, maintained, and renovated. It is within this context that construction stakeholders have called on the European Commission to strengthen the current construction policy setting by creating a new vision for the built environment with ‘Construction 2050: Building tomorrow’s Europe today’.

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