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The 2020-2025 construction industry strategy could be presented in October

The government's goal is to make it easier to build in Hungary.

The National Sustainable Construction Industry Strategy for 2020-2025 is expected to be submitted to the government by early October.

Anita Boros, State Secretary for Construction Economics, Infrastructure Environment and Sustainability at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, said that an important element of the strategy is to rationalize construction regulations and the system behind them so that “it would be the easiest to build in Hungary.”

The ministry is proposing to develop an application that will make construction regulations and construction standards accessible and easy to understand for everyone. It has also discussed an AI-based construction marketplace to serve as a database for selecting professionals. Another priority is creating an interactive map in cooperation with municipalities to accurately display construction zones and the conditions for building.

Another point of the strategy is the transformation of the construction process, the goal of which is to build quality real estate at affordable prices, the state secretary said. They also aim to permanently increase the productivity of the Hungarian construction industry in general by way of supporting enterprises with innovative ideas, digitalization and robotization, and retention and expansion of a skilled workforce.

According to Anita Boros, the research and knowledge base of the construction industry must be created for the technological renewal of the sector.

The strategy will additionally aim to take on the reform of the construction raw materials industry; therefore, a system has been proposed that would support Hungarian building material producers and innovations in their sector.

The outstanding performance of the construction sector in 2018 and 2019 was broken by the coronavirus epidemic. Still, production increased by 6.2 percent in June compared to May, resulting in an increase of HUF 60 billion to HUF 364.8 billion.

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