Yesterday in Sofia, FIEC and the Bulgarian Chamber of Construction (BCC) coorganised a special meeting for the construction federations of Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC). In addition to the Bulgarians, representatives from Romania (ARACO), Slovakia (ZSPS), Slovenia (CCBMIS), as well as Germany (HDB) participated in this meeting.
It came out of the discussions that CEEC construction federations often face similar difficulties, in particular: a general decrease in public investment, the importance of public procurement in terms of the proportion of market share, coupled with a weak legal framework, unethical practices and unfair contract conditions. On top of this, it is difficult to attract young people in the sector and then to train them.
The immediate next step is to set up a working group specifically dedicated to CEEC construction federations, where they could share their problems and find common solutions.