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Steelmakers appeal to the European Council

Created: 10/18/2016
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The best part of sixty top managers of the largest European steelmaking companies have written another letter to the European Council. They want to emphasize the critical nature of the situation in steel sector in advance of the meeting of state and government representatives from the EU countries, including the Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, which starts on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The steelmakers are calling on the Council once again to implement powerful measures to deal with the serious problems challenging this sector, especially the issue of market economy status for China, the need to modernize our trade defense tools, as well as the serious concerns raised by the European Commission’s proposal to revise the greenhouse gases Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) after 2020.

October 17, 2016
Open letter by 58 CEOs of the European steel industry to Heads of State and government
We, the undersigned CEOs of the EU steel industry, are writing to you ahead of the European Council meeting on 20-21 October.
During this meeting, you will be taking decisions that could help preserve an innovative, sustainable, and globally competitive steel industry in Europe. Making the right choices should ensure that our sector and its value chains flourish, investment continues, and the jobs of the men and women who work in our sector are sustained.
We ask for your support on a number of issues that could make or break our industry:

» Market Economy Status of China: Alignment with the US

A revised EU anti-dumping regulation which includes the EU’s five market economy criteria, with the burden of proof in dumping cases staying with exporters to the EU. We believe the EU’s anti-dumping methodology should be closely aligned with the non-standard methodology applied by the US.

» Trade Defence: More effective, faster measures to re-establish fair trade

EU Trade Defence Instruments are very slow to deploy, compared to our trade partners’. In addition, the effectiveness of the EU anti-dumping instrument is uncertain, producing measures which are significantly below the calculated size of the dumping, often less than a tenth of US measures.
The EU is the only major region to systematically apply the Lesser Duty Rule (LDR). Under certain conditions it must be possible to lift the LDR. These conditions must be achievable and workable, accompanied by a duty calculation based on improved injury margins.

» Emissions Trading: No cost burden beyond economic and technological feasibility

The EU Emissions Trading System is the largest and most ambitious carbon market in the world. The European steel industry is committed to CO2 reductions and is working hard to develop low carbon technologies.
However, we need a reformed EU ETS that is fair and achievable. At present, the proposed EU ETS beyond 2020 creates costs for European steelmakers that are not borne by our global competitors. This risks jobs and investment in European steel. We need an EU ETS that changes how steel is made, not where it is made.
We trust that you can make progress on the above issues so that steel will be able to contribute to the transition to a competitive, low carbon European economy.

Yours faithfully,

Aditya Mittal Francesc Rubiralta Rubio Andreas J. Goss
CEO Chairman and CEO CEO
ArcelorMittal Europe CELSA Group ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG
Claudio Riva Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann Hans Fischer
President CEO CEO and CTO
Riva Forni Elettrici SpA Salzgitter AG Tata Steel Europe Ltd
Herbert Eibensteiner Martin Lindqvist Antonio Gozzi
Head of the Steel Division and Member of the Management Board President & CEO CEO
voestalpine AG SSAB AB Duferco Industrial Group
Francisco Javier Sanchez Giovanni Arvedi Bernardo Velazquez Herreros
CEO Chairman CEO
Grupo Gallardo Balboa Acciaieria Arvedi S.p.A. Acerinox SA
Claire de Langeron Timoteo Di Maulo Michel Hamy
Déléguée Générale CEO CEO
Alliance des Minerais Minéraux et Métaux - A3M Aperam Badische Stahlwerke GmbH
Markus Menges Politimi Paunova Jerzy Kozicz
CEO Executive Director President of Management Board
Badische Stahlwerke GmbH Bulgarian Association of the Metallurgical Industry CMC Poland
Alex Jürgen Simeon Zarev Alexandros Tiktopoulos
Member of the Board Manager President
Deutsche Edelstahlwerke GmbH El Stomana Ltd ENXE - Hellenic Steelmakers Union
Hans Lammert Antonius Deelen Roman Stiftner
Managing Director CEO Director
Edelstahl-Vereinigung E.V. FNsteel bv Fachverband Bergwerke und Stahl
Antonio Gozzi Michael Suess Robert Joos
President CEO Directeur Général
Federacciai Georgsmarienhütte Group Groupement de la Sidérurgie asbl
George Skindilias Vasil Vasilev John Manessis
Vice-President & CEO Manager Managing Director
Halyvourgiki Inc. Helios Metalurgs Ltd Hellenic Halyvourgia
Piero Gnudi Evgeny Tankhilevich Anatolii Fediaiev
Extraordinary Commissioner CEO President of the Board
ILVA SpA in Amministrazione Straordinaria ISD Dunaferr Group ISD Huta Czestochowa
Bo-Erik Pers Ben de Vos Kimmo Järvinen
President CEO Managing Director
Jernkontoret - The Swedish Steel Producer's Association NLMK Europe Metallinjalostajat - Association of the Finnish Steel and Metal Producers
Filippo Gottardis Carlos Alvarez Roeland Baan
International Sales Director CEO President & CEO
Officine Tecnosider Olarra Outokumpu Oyj
Stefan Dzienniak Viktor Dembitski Anton Chernykh
President of the Board Executive Director President of the Management Board & CEO
Polish Steel Association Promet Steel JSC SIJ Slovenian Steel Group
Nikolaos Mariou José A. Jainaga José Enrique Freire Arteta
General Manager Chairman & CEO Chairman & CEO
Sidenor Group Sidenor - Spain Grupo Megasa
Markus Ritter Marjan Mackosek Michele Della Briotta
Managing Director Managing Director Area Manager Europe
Marienhütte Stahl- und Walzwerk GmbH Store Steel Tenaris
Jan Czudek Jesus Esmoris Enrique Arriola
Trinecke Zelezarny AS Tubacex Tubos Reunidos
Scott D. Buckiso Gareth Stace Gonzalo Urquijo
President Director President
U.S. Steel Kosice UK Steel - EEF UNESID Spanish Steel Association
Dmitrij Scuka Hans Jürgen Kerkhoff Nikolaos Mariou
CEO and Chairman of the Board President General Manager
Vitkovice Steel a.s. Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl Stomania Bulgaria
Geert Van Poelvoorde
The European Steel Association

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