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Year 9 NÂş 54

16 February 2017

MEPs correct few ENVI proposals on the EU ETS reform in a plenary vote On Feb 15th the European Parliament adopted a position on the EU ETS Directive review for the post 2020 period ahead of the inter-institutional trialogue (379 votes for, 263 against and 57 abstentions). The European Parliament rejected the ENVI proposal for an import inclusion mechanism for sectors with trade intensity below 10%, which would have directly impacted ceramic bricks, roof tiles and clay pipes sectors (together with other sectors such as cement and lime). The majority of MEPs opposed an increase of the linear reduction factor to 2,4%, which was proposed by ENVI, and agreed to keep the climate ambition under review with a view to an increase by 2024 at the earliest. Still, the EP position attempts to set the carbon price on a fast-growing path. Such measures as an increased intake rate for the Market Stability Reserve during the next few years and a cancellation of 800 mln allowances in MSR, were agreed by MEPs. The EP also proposes a conditional decrease of the auctioning share by 5 p.p. to minimize the risk of the Cross Sectoral Correction Factor (CSCF), which is a progress towards securing the fair free allocation share, comparing with the on-going discussions in the Council. Moreover, the EP wants to bring the EU ETS closer to market and economic realities thanks to more dynamic allocations and finetuning of the carbon leakage assessment rules (including a lower threshold for a qualitative carbon leakage assessment). The EP vote gives MEP Ian Duncan a mandate to lead the negotiations with the EC and the Council and will start a next phase in the EU ETS reform progress. The Cerame-Unie press release with more details on the EP vote can be found here. (MV)

Update FTAs Cerame-Unie participated at the breakfast event at the European Parliament on the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. The Ambassador of Canada to the EU, H.E. Daniel J. Costello and EPP MEPs including MEP Winkler and MEP Reding exchanged on benefits of CETA for SMEs and reiterated that the main aim of the Agreement is indeed the removal of tariff barriers. MEP Reding underlined the need to debunk the myths about CETA. The EP Plenary voted on 15 February and approved CETA with 408 positive votes, 254 objections and 33 abstentions. A provisional application starts from April while the full ratification is pending. As it is a mixed agreement, it will need to be approved also by national and regional parliaments. Concerning TTIP, Cerame-Unie updated the FSR document on the agreement with the U.S. and uploaded it in the member’s area. While the technical work between the US and the EU have been concluded, the future negotiations are on hold until the next US administration. ( SV)

Egypt The European Commission and the Egyptian authorities met on 9 February to discuss issues that EU companies in 25 sectors face when entering the Egyptian market due to two Decrees 991/2015 and 43/2016. As a result of these decrees EU exports in ceramic tiles have been blocked and many companies have been waiting to get the Egyptian registration for over a year. Based on the information CET provided as input for this meeting, the Commission shared details to the Egyptian authorities on the hurdles the EU companies face with this burdensome registration system. Furthermore the national embassies have also been encouraged to share that information with their Egyptian counterparts. Labelling requirements of ceramic tiles have also been discussed during the meeting. (CB)

Cerame-Unie position on CMD Ahead of the vote in the European Parliament Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) Committee on the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD), scheduled for 28 February, the European ceramic industry has prepared its position on the amendments tabled, see here. The main focus of Cerame-Unie regards the Binding Occupational Exposure Limit Values (BOELVs) for Respirable Crystalline Silica and Refractory Ceramic Fibres, in favour of the values proposed by the European Commission, and the need for a better recognition of the NEPSI good practices with regards to the implementation of the Directive. (AV)

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Year 9 Nº 54 | 16 February 2017 2nd State of the Energy Union Report

Meetings and events

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On February 1 , Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, pre- 22 February, CET Environment WG, sented the next steps in shaping the Energy Union to Members of the European ParliaCevisama (Valencia) ment. Eight additional proposals (“Clean energy package”) were tabled in November - 23 February, CET Ex. Com., Cevisama 2016, representing about 80% of the legislation needed to complete the Energy Union. (Valencia) The Clean energy package covers, among others, energy efficiency in order to insure EU - 6 to 8 March, Cerame-Unie March meetings consumers a secure and affordable energy. Parliament’s Industry Committee is about to - 15 to 17 June, CET Congress, Spain start examining this legislative package. Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič stated that “while 2016 was the year of delivery, 2017 will be the year of implementation”. He announced that he will organize a second Energy Union Tour in order to bring the message of Energy Union to EU citizens across the different EU Member States. (CM)

CPR and its impact on the internal market On 31 January, MEP Catherine Stihler, rapporteur on the Construction Product Regulation (CPR), hosted a public hearing on the ‘CPR and its impact on the internal market’. Gwenole Cozigou, DG GROW Director in charge of industrial transformation and advanced value chains, presented three options on the future of the CPR:

 Improvement of the regulation through ‘soft legistation’, such as FAQ;  Revision of the CPR; Full review of the way to improve the internal market changing to a mutual recognition system.

The participants agreed that various obstacles were found concerning the implementation of the CPR, particularly the blockage of standards. To better understand these three options, DG GROW will launch studies and coordinate proposals through the technical platforms that will tackle a number of issues, including the article 9(2) on CE marking. (NP)

Economic impacts of the CPR In January DG GROW published the final report on the economic impacts of the CPR carried out by VVA Europe, the Danish Technological Institute and TNO. The study shows that construction product manufacturers across the EU28 incur regulatory costs estimated at 2.62 billion €/year to comply with the CPR obligations. Results also show that the CPR did not generate costs savings for producers compared with the situation before 2013. However, the option to supply the DoP on websites reduced the administrative burden placed on manufacturers. (NP)

EC Circular Economy stakeholder platform The Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee are organising a Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference on 9-10 March 2017 in Brussels. On this occasion, the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform will be formally launched. (NP)

MEP Tajani elected president of the EP Antonio Tajani an Italian MEP has been elected as the president of the European Parliament (EP). Mr Tajani, prior to joining the EP, worked for two terms at the European Commission, overseeing the transport sector and then taking the industry and entrepreneurship portfolio as Vice-President . Mr Tajani, has for a long time shown interest in in regulatory matters affecting the European ceramic industry, and is currently a vice-chair of the EPCF. Tajani replaces Martin Schulz who is getting into German politics. (MVV)

European Ceramic Tile Manufacturer Federation - CET Member of Cerame-Unie Rue Belliard 12 B-1040 Brussels +32 2 808 38 80 | www.cerameunie.eu Editor: Renaud Batier, Mayssa Vande 2 Vyvre | vandevyvre@cerameunie.eu

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