• of all sizes
• active in all fields of building
and civil engineering
4. Key Figures – activity 2016 (EU)
Total construction output: 1,278 bln. €
Variation 2016/ 2015: 2.2 %
Weight of construction in EU GDP: 8.6 %
Total construction employment: 14.3 mln.
Weight of construction employment: 6.4 %
Total number of enterprises: 3.3 mln.
8. Still, uncertain global environment for investors…
o Brexit, Refugees’ crisis, ECB quantitative easing, oil prices…
Lack of public and private investment
Lack of maintenance of our core assets
Difficult access to financing (esp. for SMEs)
Lack of skilled workforce
Innovation => « industry 4.0 » / BIM
9. Juncker Investment Plan:
o A great opportunity for SMEs, infrastructure and energy
efficiency of buildings… to be seized!
o to be extended and reinforced
- 500 billion euros => 2020
- 630 billion euros => 2022
But let’s safeguard the CEF!
European Investment Projects
Portal: more visibility for projects!
A more investment friendly
10. Cohesion Policy post-2020? (1)
In the future: do less with more?
ESIFs play essential role for construction sector:
o Sustainable transport infrastructure, shift towards low-carbon
economy, competitiveness of SMEs, training and long-life learning…
With very concrete impact for EU’s growth and jobs:
o Direct and indirect employment, competitive economies, accessible
territories, sustainable homes, etc.
Example of the European Social Fund:
o Attracting youngsters, adapting to green policies and digitalisation
o FIEC involed in various supporting projects
11. FIEC preliminary recommendations:
o Secure an ambitious budget
o Use financial instruments where and when appropriate…
o … but safeguard the grants!
o Improve the technical assistance
o Facilitate the blending of grants and financial instruments
o Simplify the overall system!!!
- One-stop-shop with consolidated capacity-building instrument
o Ensure coverage of ALL regions
o Improve the communication about the added-value
Cohesion Policy post-2020? (2)