A new structure for the High-Level Construction Forum: co-creating a policy roadmap for the sector

The EU Industrial Strategy recognized construction as a priority ecosystem to achieve EU goals, for which the best transition pathways should be identified through a co-creation process including all relevant actors, amongst which industry stakeholders, EU institutions and Member States.

The European Commission has initiated this co-creation process with a renewed High Level Construction Forum (HLCF) driving the development of this transition pathway. Based on the experiences and feedback on the Construction 2020 initiative, the stakeholders’ needs and interests, and the political priorities of the EU, a new structure has been set up for the HLCF, split into the following cluster groups for more targeted debates:

  • Digital Cluster Group: To enable a digital and innovative construction ecosystem
  • Green Cluster Group: To enable a resource and energy efficient, decarbonised construction ecosystem
  • Resilient Cluster Group: To enable a resilient construction ecosystem (e.g., developing skills, better regulation of the internal market and ensuring international competitiveness)

The proposed mission of the HLCF is to provide a forum for the construction ecosystem to co-create and implement a roadmap for the transition pathways towards a green, digital, and resilient construction ecosystem that contributes to the wider EU goals. The roadmap is expected to provide concrete actions and targets for 2030 and 2050 and identify potential opportunities and barriers to overcome.

The Construction 2050 Alliance is cooperating with the other construction stakeholders to provide initial feedback on the governance of the new HLCF and its cluster groups and initiate the discussions on the future policy roadmap. The Construction 2050 Alliance and its members are all participating as a collective and an individual basis and look forward to further collaborating with the European institutions.

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The construction sector as an opportunity for new talent? YES!

Sustainability, robot dogs, new technologies for training and education are rapidly changing the image of the construction sector, which is sometimes still perceived as physically challenging, dirty, or dangerous.

The second public event organised by the Construction 2050 Alliance, which gathered 200 participants, showed that construction is a sector that can offer many opportunities to new talent. The discussions proved that in light of the EU Green Deal and of the Recovery and Resilience plans, construction can contribute positively to restore and create better and safer jobs for European citizens.

Significant efforts are already being deployed by the actors of the sector for investing in lifelong learning, in better working conditions and social protection, in a healthier and safer working environment and in better promotion of career opportunities.

However, in order to strengthen and accelerate the process, the Construction 2050 Alliance asks the policymakers to :

  1. Ensure that the “Reskill and upskill” flagship is respected in the national recovery Plans that Member States will need to implement.
  2. Ensure that public money that will be made available in the context of the Renovation Wave and the Recovery packages should go towards the creation of quality jobs.
  3. Provide tailored financial and technical support to boost green and digital skills and deliver the objectives of the EU Green Deal and Renovation Wave (e.g. use of Digital Innovation Hubs also for skills).
  4. Carry out outreach targeted initiatives for the construction ecosystem to promote its attractiveness among youngsters, women, migrants and professionals coming from other sectors with relevant skills for new construction activities.

The construction ecosystem will play a key role in the achievement of the ambitious goals of the EU Green Deal and of the National Recovery and Resilience plans. Let’s make it happen.

The programme of our next event “The EU Construction sector: Opportunities for new talent” is out!

Construction is still perceived as physically difficult, dirty, dangerous, often related to illegal situations (corruption, undeclared work, etc.). Young people usually don’t consider construction as their main priority for a professional career, but rather the last alternative.

Parents often don’t propose such a perspective to their children and also advise centres don’t have it as first choice. This has led to a situation in which construction companies have difficulties in finding the right workers with the right skills and construction training centres are in most cases far beyond their capacities.

Within this framework, the EU Green Deal and the digital transition provide us with an unprecedented opportunity to change this and to improve the image of our sector and to make it more attractive to young people.

This second public event will therefore target on the one hand the wide public, as well as the EU Institutions, with the aim on the one hand of presenting positive practical examples dispelling the false myths about construction and, on the other hand, of discussing with representatives of the EU Institutions about the framework and the resources that are needed to enhance the positive potential of our sector, so to crucially contribute to the achievement of the main EU priorities and goals.

Let’s discuss the opportunities for new talent in the European construction sector! #EUConstruction2050

Date & Time : July 1, 10.00-12.00

EU Industrial Strategy: the construction value-chain stands ready to define a pathway for transition to achieve EU goals

Tuesday 18 May 2021 – On 5th May, the European Commission released the new EU Industrial Strategy, which puts a renewed focus on the key ecosystems, including construction. The members of the Construction 2050 Alliance welcome the priority given to the construction ecosystem as one of the sectors that faces the most important challenges in meeting climate and sustainability goals and in embracing the digital transformation.

Specifically, the Construction 2050 Alliance welcomes the Strategy’s plan of transition pathways for key ecosystems such as construction, co-created together by the industry, Member States, and the European Commission. Such pathways will offer a better understanding of the scale, cost, long-term benefits, and conditions of the required action to accompany the twin transitions of the construction sector, which will be essential to achieve the goals of the European Green Deal and Renovation Wave.

The actors of the construction value chain, gathered in the Construction 2050 Alliance, have already started looking into this co-creation process and stand ready to work with the European Commission. Looking at the experience of the construction 2020 initiative and with the aim of improving the overall added value, the Construction 2050 Alliance is of the opinion that the Commission’s High-Level Construction Forum must be the political sounding board to set the priorities that must be supported by the technical working groups. In the spirit of co-creation, the Construction 2050 Alliance looks forward to defining with the Commission the actions and priorities for the twin transitions, thereby enabling resilience, competitiveness, good working conditions, and sustainability in the construction ecosystem. The opportunities construction is facing are significant and it plays a key role in the implementation of the main EU policy goals, but some bottlenecks must be addressed. Societal challenges such as the decarbonisation of the existing building stock, the adoption of new technologies to improve productivity, in particular data, emission reduction, and the development of new high-quality job profiles, just to name a few high-level priorities, can only be addressed in partnership between the European Commission and the construction industry through a bottom-up approach.