How a skills shortage in southern Europe could threaten the EU’s €750bn Covid recovery fund

Receiving €191.5bn from the fund, Italy is the largest recipient, but its contractors’ association ANCE said at the end of last year that its members needed another 265,000 construction workers just to finish live projects. Although its construction workforce grew 21% in 2021, it shrank 33% between 2008 and 2020, and is now not growing fast enough, the FT reported.

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