58 European steel industry CEOs write to EU Heads of State and government

Brussels, 17 October 2016 – 58 of the most senior executives from the European steel industry have addressed EU leaders with a clear message: “Make the right choices to 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.”

This call comes ahead of the European Council summit of 20-21 October 2016, towards the end of a year that has seen the European steel industry under continued pressure. Notably, EU leaders will discuss the modernisation of Europe’s Trade Defence Instruments, which the European steel industry has consistently pushed for.

The Open Letter highlights the steel industry’s challenges, and calls on EU policy makers to develop more effective, faster measures to re-establish fair trade, to align with the US on the Market Economy Status of China, and build an EU ETS that creates no cost burden beyond economic and technological feasibility.

The Open Letter can be found below.




Open letter by 58 CEOs of the European steel industry


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


ArcelorMittal Europe


Francesc Rubiralta Rubio

Chairman and CEO



Andreas J. Goss


ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG


Claudio Riva


Riva Forni Elettrici SpA


Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann


Salzgitter AG


Hans Fischer


Tata Steel Europe Ltd


Herbert Eibensteiner

Head of the Steel Division and Member of the Management Board

voestalpine AG


Martin Lindqvist

President & CEO



Antonio Gozzi


Duferco Industrial Group


Francisco Javier Sanchez


Grupo Gallardo Balboa


Giovanni Arvedi


Acciaieria Arvedi S.p.A.


Bernardo Velazquez Herreros


Acerinox SA


Claire de Langeron

Déléguée Générale

Alliance des Minerais Minéraux et Métaux - A3M


Timoteo Di Maulo




Michel Hamy


Badische Stahlwerke GmbH


Markus Menges


Badische Stahlwerke GmbH


Politimi Paunova

Executive Director

Bulgarian Association of the Metallurgical Industry


Jerzy Kozicz

President of Management Board

CMC Poland


Alex Jürgen

Member of the Board

Deutsche Edelstahlwerke GmbH


Simeon Zarev


El Stomana Ltd


Alexandros Tiktopoulos


ENXE - Hellenic Steelmakers Union


Hans Lammert

Managing Director

Edelstahl-Vereinigung E.V.


Antonius Deelen


FNsteel bv


Roman Stiftner


Fachverband Bergwerke und Stahl


Antonio Gozzi




Michael Suess


Georgsmarienhütte Group


Robert Joos

Directeur Général

Groupement de la Sidérurgie asbl


George Skindilias

Vice-President & CEO

Halyvourgiki Inc.


Vasil Vasilev


Helios Metalurgs Ltd


John Manessis

Managing Director

Hellenic Halyvourgia


Piero Gnudi

Extraordinary Commissioner

ILVA SpA in Amministrazione Straordinaria


Evgeny Tankhilevich


ISD Dunaferr Group


Anatolii Fediaiev

President of the Board

ISD Huta Czestochowa


Bo-Erik Pers


Jernkontoret - The Swedish Steel Producer's Association


Ben de Vos


NLMK Europe


Kimmo Järvinen

Managing Director

Metallinjalostajat - Association of the Finnish Steel and Metal Producers


Filippo Gottardis

International Sales Director

Officine Tecnosider


Carlos Alvarez




Roeland Baan

President & CEO

Outokumpu Oyj


Stefan Dzienniak

President of the Board

Polish Steel Association


Viktor Dembitski

Executive Director

Promet Steel JSC


Anton Chernykh

President of the Management Board & CEO

SIJ Slovenian Steel Group


Nikolaos Mariou

General Manager

Sidenor Group


José A. Jainaga

Chairman & CEO

Sidenor - Spain


José Enrique Freire Arteta

Chairman & CEO

Grupo Megasa


Markus Ritter

Managing Director

Marienhütte Stahl- und Walzwerk GmbH


Marjan Mackosek

Managing Director

Store Steel


Michele Della Briotta

Area Manager Europe



Jan Czudek


Trinecke Zelezarny AS


Jesus Esmoris




Enrique Arriola


Tubos Reunidos


Scott D. Buckiso


U.S. Steel Kosice


Gareth Stace


UK Steel - EEF


Gonzalo Urquijo


UNESID Spanish Steel Association


Dmitrij Scuka

CEO and Chairman of the Board

Vitkovice Steel a.s.


Hans Jürgen Kerkhoff


Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl


Nikolaos Mariou

General Manager

Stomania Bulgaria



Geert Van Poelvoorde


The European Steel Association






Notes for Editors


Charles de Lusignan, Communications Manager, +32 2 738 79 35, (charles@eurofer.be)


A PDF of this Open Letter is available with the cover page: here, and without the cover page: here

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