Romania registered a 13.9 percent growth rate for production in construction in December 2015 compared to December 2014, according to data published by Eurostat, making it third among member states for which data are available, behind Slovakia (24.9 percent) and Sweden (15.2 percent).
At the other end of the spectrum, the largest decreases in construction production were recorded in Slovenia (9.3 percent), Portugal, (4.7 percent), France (3.6 percent) and the Netherlands (3.1 percent). In total, the EU28 saw an increase of 1.4 percent in construction production due to civil engineering rising by 2.8 percent and building construction by 1.2 percent, says Eurostat.
As for the monthly evolution, Romania registered the highest increase in production in construction in December 2015 compared to November 2015, going up by 5.8 percent, followed by Slovakia (4.3 percent) and Sweden (2.6 percent). The largest decreases were recorded in Slovenia (12.5 percent), France (1.6 percent) and the Netherlands (0.9 percent). At the EU level, there was 0.1 percent decrease in December 2015 compared to the previous month due to building construction falling by 0.5 percent while civil engineering rose by 2.6 percent, further adds Eurostat.
Last week, the Romanian National Institute of Statistics published a report saying that construction work in Romania went up by 10.4 percent (gross series) in 2015 over 2014.