In June 2021 compared with May 2021, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 1.7 % in the Euro Area, and by 1.2 % in the EU, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May 2021, production in construction fell by 0.4 % in the Euro Area, and by 0.2 % in the EU.
In June 2021 compared with June 2020, production in construction increased by 2.8 % in the Euro Area and by 3.5 % in the EU.
Monthly comparison by construction sector and by Member State
In the euro area in June 2021, compared with May 2021, building construction decreased by 1.9 %, while civil engineering increased by 0.2 %.
In the EU, building construction decreased by 1.4 %, while civil engineering increased by 0.4 %.
Among Member States for which data are available, the largest monthly decreases in production in construction were recorded in Slovakia (-6.5 %), Spain (-3.6 %) and Austria (-3.3 %). The highest increases were observed in Slovenia (+4.8 %), Hungary (+3.6 %) and Romania (+2.0 %).
Annual comparison by construction sector and by Member State
In the euro area in June 2021, compared with June 2020, building construction increased by 3.1 % and civil engineering by 2.2 %.
In the EU building construction increased by 3.8 % and civil engineering by 2.6 %.
Among Member States for which data are available, the highest annual increases in production in construction were observed in Hungary (+27.7 %), Romania (+10.2 %) and Austria (+10.0 %). Decreases were recorded in Spain (-10.6 %), Germany (-1.6 %) and Belgium (-0.6 %).
The Euro Area (EA19) includes Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland.
The European Union (EU27) includes Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden. Estonia, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta are not required to supply monthly data within 1 month and 15 days after the end of the reference month under Regulation (EU) 2019/2152. Ireland has a derogation to remain with quarterly frequency and Denmark to have a longer deadline until the end of 2023.
Methods and definitions
The index of production in construction approximates the evolution of the volume of production within the sector, broken down into building construction and civil engineering.
Seasonally adjusted Euro Area and EU series are calculated by aggregating the seasonally adjusted national data. Eurostat carries out the seasonal adjustment of the data for those countries that do not adjust their data for seasonal effects.
The monthly index as presented in this News Release is calculated only on the basis of the data of those countries reporting monthly data. Missing observations from Member States for recent months are estimated for the calculation of the euro area and the EU aggregates.