87th Euroconstruct Conference: European Construction Market Outlook until 2021 – European Civil Engineering Taking the Lead. Euroconstruct Country Reports
Studies, June 2019, 484 pages,
Online since: 27.06.2019 0:00
The latest construction market forecasts – presented at the 87th Euroconstruct conference on 12-13 June 2019 – confirm the slowdown in European construction dynamics. Construction growth in the 19 Euroconstruct countries will continue until 2021, albeit with lower rates. From a regional perspective, the Eastern European countries have the best prospects. Among the Western European countries, construction output is growing most in Spain, Ireland and Portugal – these are the countries that were hit most strongly by the economic crisis. Netherlands and Norway, too, show robust growth prospects. The Euroconstruct Country Report provides detailed information about the construction market trends and its fundamentals in each of the 19 Euroconstruct member countries until 2021. The forecasts and analyses are presented on the country level and are based on a comparable harmonised dataset for the major construction sectors and indicators. The macroeconomic framework conditions are included additionally. – With contributions by Anders Bjerre, Christian Brander, Paul Donadieu de Lavit, Ludwig Dorffmeister, Antonio Coimbra, Tomáš Dubovec, Josep Ramon Fontana, David Frič, Anne Kathrin Funk, Anna Gáspár, Paul Groot, James Hastings, Annette Hughes, Nathalie Kouassi, Michael Klien, Vladimir Lenko, Jean-Pierre Liebaert, Erwan Le Saint, Nejra Macic, Pascal Marlier, David McNamara, Renaud Muller, Mattias Pettersson, Markku Riihimäki, Radislav Semenov, Mariusz Sochacki, Antonella Stemperini, Michael Weingärtler.
Research group:Regional Economics and Spatial Analysis

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The economic environment for the Austrian construction industry was very favourable in 2018 with growth rates well above the EU average. The WIFO forecasts indicate that the growth differential will decrease over time, resulting in a slower overall economic expansion by 1.7 percent in 2019. This slowdown is negatively affecting the non-residential construction sectors, above all office construction. But also the housing market appears to have peaked in 2018, with lower growth projections until 2021. Following the European trend, Austrian civil engineering is the segment with the highest growth prospects, mainly due to planned investments in the road and rail network. Although Austrian construction is weakening, all segments of construction are expected to continue to grow until 2021.
Growth in construction output continues until 2021 in the 19 Euroconstruct member countries. Nevertheless, growth rates are decreasing and in one building division or another, downturns are becoming more likely. The housing market is expected to exhibit the weakest performance among the segments. Two out of five countries expect a decline in new residential construction in 2020, which is typically driven by the segment of new-built housing. Furthermore, the expected maturing of the business cycle will affect the non-residential construction market negatively, putting pressure on the office and industrial sector. Although growth in civil engineering is also declining in the forecasting period, it is estimated to be the segment with the highest growth potential. A high level of public investment especially in transport infrastructure is stimulating this market segment. The detailed results and forecasts were presented to a professional audience at the 87th Euroconstruct conference in Rome. The Euroconstruct Summary Report provides a macroeconomic analysis and an overview of the European construction industry by sectors (housing, non-residential construction and civil engineering; new and renovation, respectively) up to 2021. – With contributions by Nejra Macic, Antonio Mura, Bjorn-Eric Oye, Markku Riihimäki, Kjell Senneset, Mariusz Sochacki, Antonella Stemperini.
Workshops, conferences and other events, 12.06.2019–13.06.2019,
Organised by: Austrian Institute of Economic Research
Online since: 19.03.2019 0:00
WIFO's Italian Euroconstruct partner CRESME, host of the 87th Euroconstruct conference on 12-13 June 2019 kindly invites to an update on European construction market trends towards 2021. The special topic of the afternoon session is about "Investing in water and water management". A separate conference day on the topic "water" will be held on Friday, 14 June 2019 providing further in-depth analysis on the impact on environment, cities and buildings. This optional event is free of charge for all Euroconstruct conference visitors.