Steel plays a vital role as an enabler for transitioning to a CO2 neutral and circular economy. The fact that steel maintains its inherent properties, through multiple recycling loops, means it remains permanently available to the society. However, there are still some aspects of policy that fail to recognise and limit our contribution to a more circular economy. The main issues and proposed solutions are summarised below and further detailed in the attached paper sent to the open feedback consultation by the EU Commission.
These are the main areas covered in this position paper:
Antwerp, 20 February 2024 – Today 73 industry leaders spanning almost 20 industrial sectors presented ‘The Antwerp Declaration for a European Industrial Deal’ to Belgian Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo and Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen. The declaration underlines the commitment of industry to Europe and its transformation and outlines urgent industry needs to make Europe competitive, resilient, and sustainable in the face of dire economic conditions.
European Industry Summit: a business case for Europe, under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU - There is an urgent need for clarity, predictability, and confidence in Europe and its industrial policy
Brussels, 09 February 2024 – The initiation of a new steel safeguard investigation announced today by the European Commission is a pivotal step that could ensure the continuation of current measures beyond June 2024. This welcome move comes in response to worsening challenges in the global steel market, where carbon-intensive steel imports originating from excess capacity are inundating the EU market, posing a risk to the sustainability of the European steel industry, says the European Steel Association.