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Open letter to the EU’s heads of state and government by the CEOs
of the European steel industry

Rebalancing the EU’s industrial, energy and climate policies.

Climate objectives, industrial growth and jobs can be compatible.

We the undersigned CEOs urge the heads of state and government to restore balance between industrial, energy, and, climate policies in order to preserve the competitiveness of the industries which are at the core of the European economy.

 We all share the ambition to find an effective response to climate change. However, hopes for the early conclusion of a global agreement providing a level playing field have been dashed and, with the best will in the world, the likelihood of an agreement in 2015 creating a truly level playing field is remote.

 In the absence of this, European industry urgently needs:

 

  • Europe must not again impose on itself unilateral CO2 reduction targets which no one else follows.
  • In 2008 the measures adopted to protect the competitiveness of EU industry were time-limited and subject to a reduction factor. This must now be changed.
  • The EU ETS must be modified to allow 100% free allowances for the most efficient installations, with no reduction factor both up to and beyond 2020, based on realistic benchmarks.
  • The CO2 cost passed through in electricity prices by the power sector must be fully offset (compensation in form of free allowances).
  • Environmental and Energy Aid Guidelines must allow Member States to fully exempt energy intensive industries from national decarbonisation surcharges - such as taxes, levies, grid levies, and other costs relating to the support of low carbon generation - as long as competitors on global markets do not have to bear such costs.

 There are solutions for a real win-win EU energy and climate policy without damaging Europe’s manufacturing industries.

 CEO’s of the European Steel Industry

Wolfgang Eder

Chairman and CEO

Voestalpine AG

Aditya Mittal

CEO

ArcelorMittal Europe

Karl Köhler

CEO and Managing Directeur

Tata Steel

 Cesare Riva

CEO

Riva Forni Elletrici

 Sakari Tamminen

President and CEO

Rautaruukki Corporation

  Francesc Rubiralta Rubio

Chairman and CEO

Celsa Group

Enrico Bondi

Extraordinary Commissioner

ILVA S.p.A.

Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann

CEO

Salzgitter AG

Andreas J. Goss

Spokesman of the Executive Board

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG

Karlheinz Blessing

CEO

Dillinger Hütte

Karlheinz Blessing

CEO

Saarstahl AG

George Babcoke

President

U.S. Steel Kosice

Marjan Mackosek

Managing Director

Store Steel d.o.o.

Eneas Garcia Diniz

CEO

Companhia Siderurgia Nacional

Eneas Garcia Diniz

Managing Director

Stahlwerk Thüringen GmbH

Peter van der Zanden

CEO

FNSteel BV

Ingo Bender

CEO

Hagener Feinstahl Bender GmbH

Gunnar Kohlschein

CEO

BGH Edelstahlwerke GmbH

Rolf Höffken

Member of the Board Management

Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann

Vladimir Sotak

CEO

Zeleziarne Podbrezova Slovakia

Imre Bartha

Director

Ozd Steelsworks Ltd

Istvan Orova

Director

ISD Cokin Plant Ltd

Ivan Kroo

Director

Dutrade Steels Products Processing and Trade Co

Bernardo Velazquez

CEO

Acerinox

Michel Hamy

CEO

Badische Stahlwerke GmbH

Mika Seitovirta

President and CEO

Outokumpu Oyj

Dmitrij Scuka

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Evraz Vitkovice Steel a.s.

Peter van Hüllen

CEO

Georgsmarienhütte Holding GmbH

Philippe Darmayan

CEO

Aperam

Patrick Lamarque d’Arrouzat

CEO

Ugitech

Martin Löwendick

CEO

Deutsche Edelstahlwerke GmbH

Göran Ek

Managing Director

Fagersta Stainless AB

Jan Czudek

CEO

Trinecke Zelezarny

Vassilios Goumas

CEO

Hellenic Halyvourgia SA

Viktor Dembitski

Executive Director

Promet Steel

Vasil Vasilev

Manager

Helios Metalurg Ltd

Gunnar Lohmann-Hütte

Managing Director

Friedr. Lohmann GmbH

Roberto Marzorati

Vice-President

Cogne Acciai Speciali

Sergiy Pronin

Director for Economics & Business Dev

Vorskla Steel Denmark A/S

Clemens Iller

President and Chairman

Acciai Speciali Terni SpA

George Skindilias

Vice-President and CEO

Halyvourgiki Inc.

Giovanni Arvedi

President

Acciaieria Arvedi SpA

Antonio Gozzi

Administrateur

Duferco Belgium

Giuseppe Pasini

President

Feralpi Siderurgica SpA

Jerzy Kozicz

President of the Management Board

CMC Poland Sp. Z o.o.

Anton Chernykh

President of the Board and CEO

SIJ-Slovenska industrija jekla, d.d.

Jose Enrique Freire Arteta

CEO

Siderurgia Nacional SA

Nikolaos Mariou

General Manager

Sidenor SA

Emil Zhivkov

Executive Director

Stomana Industry SA

Tom Erixon

President and CEO

Ovako

Max Aicher

President and CEO

Max Aicher Group

Markus Ritter

Managing Director

Stahl- und Walzwerk Marienhütte GmbH

Martin Lindqvist

President and CEO

SSAB AB

Horacio Malfatto

CEO

NLMK Europe

Carlos Alvarez

Commercial Director

Aceros Inoxidables Olarra, S.A.

Luca Zanotti

Vice-President and Managing Director

Tenaris Dalmine

Petra Einarsson

CEO

Sandvik MaterialsTechnology

 

Evgeny Tankhilevich

CEO

ISD Dunaferr

 

Dirk Mahnke

CEO

Rohrwerk Maxhütte GmbH

 

Jesus Esmoris

CEO

Tubacex SA

Philippe Crouzet

CEO

Vallourec SA

Adrian Popescu

CEO

TMK-ARTROM/TMK-RESITA

Enrique Arriola

CEO

Tubos Reunidos

Andre Sombecki

CEO and CFO

Benteler Steel/Tube GmbH

 

 

 

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