While the EU is considered one of the most open and transparent procurement markets in the world, this is often not reciprocated by the EU’s trading partners. This is creating a growing lack of level-playing field in world procurement markets, as third countries are increasingly restricting access to their markets while their companies are winning significant contracts in the EU, sometimes even on unfair pricing terms or by challenging EU public procurement rules.
In 2012, the Commission proposed the creation of an International Procurement Instrument (IPI). After a legislative deadlock, the Commission presented a revised proposal in 2016. In March 2019, in the context of a review of relations with China, the Commission called on the Council and Parliament to revive the trilogues based on the revised proposal, and adopt the IPI before the end of 2019.
In the light of the revival of the discussions on the 2016 proposal, EUROFER would like to highlight its support to the International Procurement Instrument and urge the European institutions to reach an agreement in the shortest possible timeframe to ensure new market openings for European companies and a level playing field in both the EU and third countries’ markets.
Brussels, 15 September 2021 – In her second State of the Union address, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen set out the Green Deal as a major achievement and a cornerstone for the future of the EU. The steel industry is a world leader in decarbonisation and innovation, and has the ambition of reducing its emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990. But it will be successful only if the Fit for 55 Package puts the right conditions and incentives in place.
Neutrality towards technology choices, acknowledgment of transition timing and framework conditions needed as well as consistency with EU climate legislation are key factors for success, EUROFER webinar points out
Brussels, 16 August 2021 – EU28 apparent steel consumption increased (+3.6%) year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2020, that was the first quarterly growth since the fourth quarter of 2019, and so it did in the first quarter of 2021 (+0.9%). Apparent steel consumption in the first quarter amounted to 36.3 million tonnes. These are further signs of recovery from the depths of the economic shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.