European International Contractors
What is EIC?
The European International Contractors (EIC) was founded in 1970 and has been registered since 1984 as a legally independent business association under German law in Berlin, Germany. EIC has as its members construction industry federations from 15 European countries which are directly or indirectly affiliated to the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) in Brussels. The association maintains close relations with all international and other organisations whose policy is of relevance for the international construction trade, for instance with the European Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank. According to the 2011 EIC International Contracts Statistics, the total volume of international turnover carried out by EIC member companies in 2010 amounted to more than 141 billion €.
This excellent result was confirmed by the latest survey on the "Top 225 International Contractors", published in the Engineering-News Record magazine, which illustrates that the market share of European international contractors in relation to the international construction market amounted to 56%.
Tasks and Objectives
The three main objectives of EIC are the following:
1. To lobby for a bigger market, e.g. by persuading the international financing institutions, and especially the European donor agencies, to allocate more funds to the infrastructure sector, in particular to transport infrastructure, and by promoting the concept of Public-Private Partnerships (PP) on a global level.
2. To lobby for a better market, e.g. by advocating fair and innovative forms of procurement and contracts and by calling for a level playing-field for European contractors with respect to international environmental, ethical, social and corporate standards.
3. To provide for better networking, e.g. by offering European contractors a unique forum for the exchange of experience in all matters relating.