The figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, show year-on-year growth in both areas, with production up by 3.2% in the Euro area and by 1.6% in the EU28.
Average production in the construction for the year 2016, compared with 2015, increased by 1.6% in the Euro area and by 1.3% in the EU28.
The monthly decrease of 0.2% in the Eurozone area in December 2016, compared with November, was due to building construction falling by 0.5%, while civil engineering rose by 0.8%.
In the EU28, the increase of 0.6% was due to civil engineering rising by 1.2% and building construction by 0.2%.
Among member states with data available, the largest decreases were recorded in Romania (-4.3%), Slovakia (-3.1%) and Bulgaria (-2.1%), and the highest increases in Sweden (+4.7%), Poland (+2.5%), the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom (both +2.2%).
In terms of the annual comparison, the increase of 3.2% in production in construction in the euro area in December 2016, compared with December 2015, is due to civil engineering rising by 6.5% and building construction by 2.5%. In the EU28, the increase of 1.6% is due to building construction rising by 2.3%, while civil engineering fell by 0.5%. The highest increases were recorded in Sweden (+11.2%), the Netherlands (+10.4%) and Slovenia (+9.1%), and the largest decreases in Romania (-26.7%), Slovakia (-18.5%) and Hungary (-14.9%).