The construction sector is of vital importance to the European Economy. With an annual turnover of almost € 1000 billion, a total direct workforce of more than 11 million, another 15 million employed indirectly the construction sector contributes about 10% to GDP. The European construction sector is composed of around 97% of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), their performance is essential as it motivates economic activity in all other sectors. UEAPME via its Construction Forum seeks to influence the European Institutions so as to create the best possible environment for SMEs.
UEAPME’s Construction Forum
The UEAPME Construction Forum is a specialised discussion platform bringing together the European sectoral associations representing construction activities and being associate UEAPME member, construction specialists from the national SME associations and NORMAPME. In total, this Forum represents the interests about 1,000,000 construction enterprises from across the European Union and beyond. The biannual meetings are dedicated to issues of interest to the whole construction industry such as public procurement; value added tax, contractual matters and others.
Currently, the following associations form the Forum:
|CEETB||Comité européen des équipements techniques du bâtiment (http://www.ceetb.eu)|
|EBC||European Builders Confederation (http://www.eubuilders.org)|
|EMU||European Metal Union|
|ESCHFÖ||European Federation of Chimney Sweeps|
|EUF||European Union of Tile Fixers’ Associations (http://www.eufgs.com)|
|EuroWindoor||European window, door and curtain wall manufacturers (http://www.eurowindoor.org)|
|FECB||European Federation of Timber Construction|
|FIDEN||International Association of Building Service Contractors (http://www.fiden.org)|
|GCI-UICP||Génie Climatique International Union Internationale de la Plomberie et de la Couverture (http://www.gci-uicp.eu)|
|IFD||International Association of Roofing Contractors|
|UNIEP||Union Internationale des Entrepreneurs de Peinture (http://www.uniep.org)|
|VEUKO||Union of European Association of Stove-Fitters Trade (http://www.veuko.com)|
The Forum regularly issues position papers on topical issues for SMEs in the construction sector.
04/04/2002: UEAPMEs Construction Forum Position on the Report of the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT on the co-ordination of procedures for the award of public supply contracts, public service contracts and public works contracts