Late payments

Late payment displays a serious problem in the construction sector, both in private and public contracts. Reasons for this include the specific structure of the sector (long and interdependent supply chain), the imbalance of power between enterprises as well as frequent disputes over the quality of goods and services. Despite existing rules on late payment, it remains a serious problem, especially for the SMEs and crafts of the sector. On this basis, EBC calls for the implementation of a zero tolerance policy and strengthened rules with regard to late payments.


  • EBC letter to the European Commission on the need of supporting measures for construction SMEs facing fuel and materials price increases - - Read more  
  • Late Payment: EBC calls for ambitious reform of Late Payment Directive at EU Industry Days - - Read more  
  • Late Payment: EBC calls for zero-tolerance at SME Assembly 2021 - - Read more  
  • Late payment practices in construction must be addressed as a top priority - - Read more  
  • Late Payment: ECJ considers Member States have to guarantee timely payment by public authorities - - Read more  
  • EBC calls for a recast of the 2011 Late Payment Directive - - Read more  
  • OECD Forum on public procurement for SMEs: a better implementation of the EU Directive is needed - - Read more  
  • New European Commission study on late payment practices - - Read more  
  • Construction sector in the UEAPME SME Barometer: positive trends and familiar oscillations throughout 2017 - - Read more  
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