The Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) and other industry organisations have launched a draft manifesto for digitalisation in the construction industry

The European Construction Industry Manifesto for Digitalisation appeals for strong political leadership from the EU, an appropriate regulatory framework on data policy and financial focus on digital skills, R&D and IT infrastructure.

The manifesto describes how in order to remain competitive the EU must transform itself digitally and must embrace the digital transformation across the entire supply chain. The digitalisation of the construction industry attempts to solve the sector’s main challenges such as lack of skilled workforce, energy efficiency, lagging productivity, sustainability and many others.

CECE secretary general Riccardo Viaggi said: “Digitalisation of the construction equipment sector has been a key priority for CECE. We recognise the importance of working in a value chain approach and, as the Manifesto reads, all industry representatives pledge to collaborate intensively, to lead and support the industry in order to enable a successful digital transformation of the construction industry.”

He added that the European construction industry is already adjusting to the digital transformation, but that support from EU policymakers is crucial.

The manifesto says that an appropriate regulatory and financial framework at the European level is needed to enhance the forward-looking strategy. The policymakers need to prioritise this initiative within Horizon Europe, which will follow the Horizon 2020 framework. It urges the European Commission to focus the framework programme on digitising Europe’s construction sector to strengthen its industrial competitiveness and global leadership.

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