A new construction policy framework

Construction stakeholders call upon the European Commission to strengthen the current construction policy context by creating a new vision for the built environment: “Construction 2050: Building tomorrow’s Europe today”. Building upon the results of the current Construction 2020 initiative, the 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.

Construction stakeholders believe that the current Construction 2020 initiative should be strengthened in order to fully realise its goals: to support the construction sector in its adaptation to key upcoming challenges and promote the sustainable competitiveness of the sector.


We need to make sure that the future “Construction 2050: Building tomorrow’s Europe today” initiative is fully embraced by all actors in the construction ecosystem, Member States and European institutions.


These are our concrete proposals:

  • Establish a single political responsibility within the European Commission for the built environment in Europe and ensure that all relevant Directorate Generals are involved in future construction policy initiatives.
  • Establish a partnership framework in which the main construction social partners and stakeholders, the EU institutions and Member States meet to discuss the main challenges, jointly develop  riorities, strategies and targeted actions in order to address them.
  • Thematic groups should reflect the challenges and priorities jointly defined by all actors.
  • Create Work Programmes for the different thematic groups to reflect priorities and targeted actions with clear time schedules and corresponding responsibilities, jointly defined by all relevant stakeholders.
  • Create a horizontal steering committee composed of all relevant actors to guarantee coherence between the initiatives of the different thematic groups.
  • All relevant actors should be duly involved in the decision-making process concerning studies, policy priorities, and targeted actions.
  • Jointly create roadmaps, deployment and dissemination plans for the initiatives to increase their political visibility and uptake by construction actors at all levels.

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