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.
EUROFER's response to the public consultation on the EU trade policy review
EUROFER supports the ambitious White Paper on Foreign Subsidies and agrees with the Commission on the presence of a regulatory gap, which we believe exists and needs to be filled.
Brussels, 16 November 2020 – The European Steel Association (EUROFER) has welcomed the start of the registration of Turkish hot-rolled steel imports. This could potentially lead to the retroactive application of anti-dumping duties that are normally scheduled for January 2021.