Rise in Raw Materials Prices Causes Companies to Cancel Works


A study presented by our Spanish member federation Confederación Nacional de la Construcción (CNC) reveals that the price increase of raw materials has led four out of ten (39,5%) companies to either cancel or suspend their works. The CNC therefore highlights the reality that the construction sector in Spain is facing daily and urges the government to take measures aimed at guaranteeing the viability of ongoing projects.

The CNC also considers that the rise in prices of raw materials threatens the viability of these projects as it has led to an increase in the total cost of the works by an average of 22,2%. It warns that, in many cases, this amount exceeds the amount a company must assume should it decide to abandon a project as the penalties can be 0,02% of the contract or range between €1000 and €2000 daily.

The CNC proposes several measures with the aim of tackling issues causes by the surge in raw material prices. For further information:



Contractor Angela Martina addresses training challenges at EESC webinar


On 27th October, Mrs Angela Martina, Italian contractor and Chair of FIEC subcommission Vocational Education and Training, participated in a webinar jointly organised by the European Economic and Social Committee and BUSINESSEUROPE on how to improve EU and national training policies.

Martina explained the Italian paritarian training scheme (FORMEDIL), as well as her experience at company level. She stressed that companies could benefit from additional incentives to help them provide training to their workers.

She also promoted the Construction Blueprint project, which aims at assessing the current and future skills’ needs in the fields of energy efficiency, circular economy and digitalisation and update the training curricula accordingly.



10th November – Live discussion on apprenticeship with FIEC and the EFBWW

On 10th November, the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (AEfA) organises a Live Discussion on “How sectoral social partners collaborate to promote and develop apprenticeships”, with a focus on the construction sector.

Both FIEC and the EFBWW, the EU social partners for the construction industry, also partners of the EAfA, will take part in this discussion.

FIEC will be represented by Angela Martina, Chair of the subcommission Vocational Education and Training”.