Increased exchange in the Building Sector

Conclusive report

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In November 2004 the Nordic Council of Ministers together with the Nordic countries, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland decided to initiate a collaboration by approving an action plan for improved co-operation between the countries concerned in the area of construction and building. The co-operation was decided to take place through the following activities To make market information and information on national regulations accessible to potential actors on the market, To expand the basis of experience and new found knowledge in housing construction, To undertake a comparative analysis of regulations within the building sector intended to serve as a basis for deliberations on possible harmonization, To make it possible to compare competency requirements imposed on certain actors in the building process, and To establish a network for joint research and development on issues relevant to the plan of action. This conclusive report summarizes the work completed over the years 2005-2008, including a final seminar in June, 2009. The report gives a detailed description of the Action plan and the organization of the work as well as a summary of finalized projects. The outcome of the final seminar is also rendered in terms of proposed activities for further cross-border co-operation between the countries concerned.



Making market information accessible to potential actors – proposal for a project

Besides differences in language, culture and traditions, inadequate knowledge of foreign countries and market conditions there is presumably the greatest barrier preventing companies in the building sector from daring to establish them in a foreign country. It is therefore necessary to inform and to educate companies in the building sector regarding markets and market conditions in other countries if it is to be possible to stimulate these companies to an increased crossborder exchange. Information regarding markets and market conditions largely has to do with the competitive situation, the development of housing construction, the availability and type of assignments, factor prices and cost levels, and other economic conditions. But it also has to do with information on national rules and regulations. Besides the rules established by the national authorities, there are also, to a greater or lesser extent, national rules established by the parties themselves or their representatives on the market. In some cases these rules are also determined by some dominant actor on the market or by major suppliers to the market, such as lenders. Such rules may concern, for example, insurance requirements, normal guarantee conditions, general or administrative regulations for contracts as well as standard contracts.


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