It was just over a year ago: in the face of difficulties in the supply of building materials, the Minister of Economy, Finance and Recovery announced, on June 14, 2022, the sending of a circular to all state buyers not to apply late sanctions to VSE-SMEs in the construction sector, the creation of a “crisis committee” to raise the “Abnormal behavior” under the leadership of business mediator Pierre Pelouzet and the establishment of a “sectoral mediation” to cushion this shock.

Construction Materials Crisis: Will Government and Construction Industry Agree?

Not being able to act on Indian steelmakers …

Thirteen months later, the economic crisis was accompanied by an energy crisis with the war in Ukraine and the time has come. With the entire value chain from upstream to downstream, he wants the business broker “Influence all decision makers” while carrying general recommendations solidarity practices in the face of tensions in terms of procurement, logistics, raw materials, energy prices, price volatility … “.

“I can’t take action against Indian steelmakers or the war in Ukraine, but I can try to unite producers, distributors, artisans and end customers as real estate developers and social owners “, confided Pierre Pelouzet a few days ago a The gallery.

It has been done since 11 July 2022. With the Delegate Minister for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Commerce, Crafts and Tourism, Olivia Grégoire, the senior official and most of the representative professional organizations signed a declaration of good practices.

… it is a question of helping the players in the field in their commercial relations

The goal is twofold: to help the players on the pitch “Better manage the consequences of the current crisis in bilateral commercial relations between companies and with project owners” And “limiting the impact of this exceptional context to preserve activity and employment, with a periodic evaluation of their implementation”.

In particular, it is a question of providing access and disseminating reliable information on supply prospects, guaranteeing fair treatment in the customer-supplier relationship, transmitting price increases on the markets, establishing conditions for the execution of the contract or extending or suspending the terms of execution of the contract. .

“A declaration of good intentions without any new element or binding force”

As soon as it was signed, the document has already been the subject of criticism from those present in the room, both in terms of construction and public works. In this context, the president of the National Chamber of Public Works and Landscape Artisans (CNATP) would have liked stakeholders to deal with private markets, and not just public markets.

“We still have to work to support our businesses and jobs”, said Françoise Despret.

The National Federation of Public Works (FNTP) has also ratified, “but the question arose”, testified its general manager.

“It is a declaration of good intentions with no new element or binding force. We expect more concrete measures. We risk having inflation and recession “, he left Julien Guez.

The “cavity” of “some”

Under construction, after being very skeptical last year, the president of the French Federation (FFB), Olivier Salleron, welcomed a “foundation stone of the building” before dreaming, aloud, of a ” National Council for Construction ”, as exists for example in the sector.

In reverse, his Confederation of Crafts and Small Building Companies (CAPEB) counterpart, Jean-Christophe Repon, refuses – for the moment – to put his name in the paper. He has already entered into contracts with suppliers, such as Saint-Gobain, and has declared himself “dissatisfied” from “the nervousness” from ” some ” during the notice periods. In other words, the deadlines for notifying companies of price increases.

From the Assises de la Construction to the beginning of the school year

In response, the high official Pierre Pelouzet boasted “A balanced text, an evolving text”.

“It is important as a signal and example for other sectors”, added Minister Olivia Grégoire.

The latter also confirmed the holding, at the beginning of the school year, of the Assises de la Construction following which measures could be taken “Presented or even worn” in the Finance Act 2023.

To restore purchasing power, the construction sector above all expects simplification