The Alliance officially presented at the EC High-level Tripartite Strategic Forum

06 June 2020 – Yesterday, at the occasion of the 8th annual meeting of the High-Level Tripartite Strategic Forum of Construction 2020 hosted by DG Grow of the European Commission, the Secretary-General of CECE Riccardo Viaggi presented the Construction 2050 Alliance on behalf of the whole partnership, a newly established group of 47 European organisations working together to advance the needs and priorities of the wider construction and built-environment sector at EU level, among which EBC.

Construction 2020 is the strategy launched in 2012 by the EC to boost the competitiveness of the European construction sector, gathering officials from across all relevant EC Directorate-Generals for the construction sector and the built environment, representatives from competent national ministries and the main EU construction stakeholders.

As indicated in its concept note, the Construction 2050 Alliance has been established to coordinate common political messages of the construction value chain and raise the political importance of the sector at the European level. Initiated by EBC, FIEC, CECE and Construction Products Europe, this Alliance constitutes an unprecedented level of cooperation under a common vision towards a sustainable construction sector.

The Construction 2050 Alliance considers that construction is the solution industry as optimising the way construction works means improving the life of European citizens, providing higher value with fewer natural resources, and achieving higher quality assets for owners and users. To build the sustainable Europe of tomorrow and to show the unique importance of the construction sector to the European institutions and civil society, the Construction 2050 Alliance will develop activities in four different areas:

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

As unveiled yesterday, the work-programme of the Alliance for its first two years features six priority areas:

1. Construction: the solution to Europe’s recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic

2. The contribution of the built environment to the EU Green Deal

3. The human factor in construction: safety, skills and sector’s image

4. Relaunching the Construction 2020 Strategy

5. EU Data Strategy: a construction approach

6. Developing a communication strategy for the Alliance

We are proud and glad that this initiative has now fully taken off, with the construction sector now having a single voice to crucially contribute to the EU political debates. #EUConstruction2050

FIEC talks about C2050 in Construction Europe

01 September 2019 – FIEC spoke about the Construction 2050 Alliance in the context of an article published in the construction magazine “Construction Europe”, highlighting the key points of the C2050 concept paper.

You can find the entire article by clicking on the following link:

https://www.fiec.eu/library/fiec-media/fiec-article-construction-europe-construction-2050-september-2019

Construction 21 International article on RICS support to the Construction 2050 Alliance

20 June 2019 – The industry magazine INDUSTRY EUROPE dedicated an article to the support of RICS (a member) to the Construction 2050 Alliance as a new vision for the European construction sector.

You can find the entire article by clicking on the following link:

https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/rics-supports-Construction2050-a-new-vision-for-the-european-construction-sector.html

Construction 2050: Building Tomorrow’s Europe Today

13 June 2019 – 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 adaptation 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. This comprehensive 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, this new framework should be based on the following principles:

  • A specific targeted approach to construction because the sector is at the 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 steer the transformation of the sector with the most adequate policies and tools.

In order to implement these principles, 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 concrete proposals. Construction 2050, Building tomorrow’s Europe today is available here.

By optimising the way construction works thanks to the development of a new inspiring and relevant policy framework, we will improve the lives of European citizens by providing higher value with fewer natural resources; and higher quality assets for owners and users. Construction is the solution industry. Addressing the challenges that the construction sector is facing means addressing the challenges of European citizens.

The sustainable Europe of tomorrow cannot be achieved without the construction sector. All the actors in the construction process must be involved for the European Union 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.
As a matter of fact, the construction sector is at the heart of our 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 our health and well-being strongly depends on how our buildings are built, maintained and renovated.
It is within this context that construction stakeholders call upon the European Commission to strengthen the current construction policy setting by creating a new vision for the built environment: “Construction 2050: Building tomorrow’s Europe today”.

The launch of the Construction 2050 Alliance is close!

26 February 2019 – Building on the strong dynamics of cooperation in the sector, EBC has been collaborating intensely with FIEC, CECE and CPE to unite as many construction stakeholders as possible around the Construction 2050 Alliance.

In order to fine-tune this unprecedented initiative in the field of the built environment, 40 high-level representatives of the main organisations in the construction value chain gathered to deal with the final details of the alliance before its public launch, which is expected to take place in mid-March 2020.

The ultimate objective of the Construction 2050 is that the construction sector speaks with a single voice to crucially contribute to the EU political debates. This Alliance will, thus, be a collaborative effort to build the sustainable Europe of tomorrow and to show the unique importance of the construction sector to the European institutions and civil society.

More information coming soon! #EUConstruction2050