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VAT: European Commission proposes more flexible VAT rates and enhances special scheme for small enterprises

On 18 January the European Commission presented the awaited third part of its value added tax (VAT) package, consisting of two draft guidelines on VAT rates and the special scheme for small enterprises. EBC welcomes the overhaul of the VAT rules, especially in regard to further simplification measures for small enterprises and the continued possibility for Member States to apply reduced VAT rates to construction and renovation works.


Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Agreement reached is the right way to renovate Europe’s building stock

Yesterday the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) confirmed the agreement reached between the Estonian presidency and the European Parliament in December 2017 on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). The compromise advocates a better energy performance of the building sector, responsible for about 40% of final EU energy consumption.

Latest activities

Have a look at the EBC Annual Report 2016-2017. It's got a new fresh look and features key construction-related topics, from the performance of the sector and posting of workers to energy efficiency, circular economy, standardisation and much more. More linguistic versions available.


8-9 February 2018
Choosing AdoRes to Finance Energy Efficiency Making the Business Case for Property Owners, Brussels

22 February 2018
Construction: towards an inclusive digital strategy, Brussels

22-23 February 2018
European Industry Days, Brussels

8-9 March 2018
BIM Summit, Barcelona

4-9 June 2018
EU Sustainable Energy Week - EUSEW, Brussels 

28-29 June 2018
EBC Annual Congress - Paris