European Demolition Association adds name to eight-point plan to rebuild Ukraine
24 April 2023
The European Demolition Association (EDA) has joined with trade association across construction to produce a series of recommendations on rebuilding Ukraine after the long and damaging war with Russia.
A Rapid Damage Needs Assessment by the World Bank in spring 2022 put the cost of reconstruction at just under US$97 billion.
But with the war now well into a second year, the latest estimate has risen to $138 billion – with the total bill, beyond immediate action, around $350 billion.
A joint document from a total of nine organisations has recommended the following:
- Rebuild better, quicker and more sustainably, without reducing quality
- Buildings and infrastructure should be procured, designed and rebuilt sustainably and in accordance with European standards
- The project preparation phase is of the utmost importance
- The Ukrainian authorities, EU (European Union) institutions and multinational development banks should use procurement methods that prevent corruption
- International contract standards should be applied to speed up negotiations and contract awards
- Invoice approval procedures should be simplified to reduce the time limits for payments and reduce costs
- The bank guarantees system should be simplified and harmonised for the same reason
- The private sector should be encouraged to make long-term investment, especially brownfield.
The EDA said: “This initiative, as well as many others that we participate in and put together, marks our commitment to the sector; and, most importantly, to the people it affects.”
The full text is available on the EDA website. Other associations contributing to the recommendations are: Architects’ Council of Europe; Committee for European Construction Equipment; Confederation of International Contractors’ Associations; European Federation of Engineeering Consultancy Associations; European International Contractors; European Rental Association; European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC); and Union Europäischer Gerüstbaubetriebe (Scaffolding in Europe).