VVA, the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services (CSES) and CSIL have been appointed by the European Commission’s DG GROW to carry this study.

The objective is to develop tailor-made proposals for public support at EU level to European SMEs[1] from the construction industry to internationalise beyond the EU, focusing on 1) the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) 2) Asia 3) Latin America, 4) the Middle-East and 5) the Balkans.

We are consulting with EU construction SMEs and large contractors, construction industry associations, national authorities in the EU Member States, EU-level organisations and cluster organisations to obtain feedback on industry needs, existing support, gaps in support, and to identify success stories.

We would greatly appreciate your support to help develop targeted support to meet the challenges for construction SMEs in exporting and internationalising into these markets.

The definition of the construction industry for the purposes of this assignment includes:
  • Transport infrastructures (road, railway, airport, waterway, port)
  • Energy (production, distribution)
  • Water (production, treatment, distribution)
  • Waste (collection, treatment, management)
  • Buildings (housing, public services, commercial and industrial)
  • Communication networks
  • Construction services (architecture, engineering, technical consultancies)
  • Construction products and materials manufacturing
  • Trading in construction services and products
Data protection

Any information provided is confidential and will be dealt with accordingly.  The results presented will be aggregated and will not be individuated by company. VVA and CSES aim to comply with the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC), as implemented in the UK under the Data Protection Act 1998 and with EC Regulation No 45/2001 (which is currently under revision) concerning the protection of individuals regarding the processing of personal data by EU institutions. CSES and VVA are compliant with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679).

The survey deadline is 20 July 2018. Completing the survey should take no longer than 15-20 minutes.

[1] The definition of SMEs referred to is that in EU Recommendation 2003/61. There is a guide to the use for the definition: User guide to the SME Definition accessed 28/10/2017