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Buidling and Construction



European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) (1958)




European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) (1905)


Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (SSDC)

Informal working group:




Internal Rules:

22 September 2006

Work Programme:

2004 - 2007; 2008 - 2011

General overview

Construction was originally regarded as a “local” trade, in which there was a predominance of small, or very small, firms (masons, carpenters, etc.). Cross-border activity has however been developing in the sector over the years, with major civil engineering projects now being carried out in Europe or elsewhere in the world by huge construction, planning, management and engineering companies.

Participants and challenges

The initial meetings between the European social partners in the building sector took place independently of the European Commission. The European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW-FETBB), for the workers, and the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC), for the employers, set up three independent working groups on the topics of jobs and training, health and safety, and social security schemes.


No fewer than 20 joint texts have been adopted between 1996 and 2010, making this sector a very “productive” one.

Joint texts

The “building and construction” sectoral social dialogue has resulted, since 1996, in the adoption of 20 joint texts.

ETUI and Observatoire Social Européen (2010) European Sectoral Social Dialogue Factsheets. Project coordinated by Christophe Degryse, online publication available at www.worker-participation.eu/EU-Social-Dialogue/Sectoral-ESD