Year 9 Nº 36
16 February 2017 EU Water Label at ISH The EWL will be present at ISH Frankfurt on 14-17 March 2017, Europe’s largest bathroom and plumbing exhibition. The EWL stand will be located in Hall 4.1 FOY 18 and manned by the EWL staff and the FECS secretariat. The third issue of the Water for Life magazine will be distributed at the fair. Furthermore, a representative from DG ENVI was invited to attend ISH and make a tour to see how ceramic sanitaryware manufacturers are displaying the EWL. (NP)
CPR January updates 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 legislation’, 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. 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 European Commission (EC) 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. The agenda of the conference can be found here. (NP)
Update FTAs Cerame-Unie participated at the breakfast event at the European Parliament on the Comprehensible 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 parliamen ts. Concerning TTIP, Cerame-Unie updated the FSR document on the agreement with the U.S. and uploaded it in the members 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/CB)
MEP Tajani Elected president of the EP Tajani an Italian MEP has been elected as the president of the European Parliament (EP). Tajani, prior to joining the EP, worked for two terms at the EC, overseeing the transport sector and then taking the industry and entrepreneurship portfolio as VicePresident. Mr Tajani, has for a long time now been a close ally and friend of the European ceramic industry, and is currently a vicechair of the EPCF. (MVV) 1
Year 9 Nº 36 | 16 February 2017 TDI and MES China update On Market Economy Status, in mid-December MEP Salvatore Cicu (EPP, IT) was appointed as the rapporteur for the EC proposal on the new methodology in AD proceedings. Two committees ITRE and JURI have been chosen to issue an opinion. In December MEP Rodriguez Piñero tabled a parliamentary question, regarding the main differences between the new method proposed by the Commission and the US factors of production method, the concept of ‘significant distortions’ and burden of the new method for SMEs and fragmented sectors.
Meetings and events - 14-18 March, ISH 2017 – Frankfurt - 10 April, FECS TC - Rome - 19 April, FECS Marketing & BIM AHG - Brussels - 19 April, FECS Directing Committee – Brussel
The European Council, Parliament and the Commission signed in December the legislative priorities for 2017 among which the trade defence instruments modernisation is listed among the top priorities of the institutions’ legislative work. The European Council is provisionally expected to discuss the TDI modernisation file (2013/0103 (COD) and the EC proposal on new methodology 2016/0351 (COD) on 11 May 2017. On 10 January Cerame-Unie discussed these trade defence topics, the updates on the dossier and the next advocacy steps with the CU Trade WG. Cerame-Unie and AEGIS Europe met with the Presidency of Malta on 13 January and CU equally scheduled a meeting with Trade defence services of the Commission to discuss trade defence topics. MES China Action Group of the European Parliament chaired by MEP Edouard Martin (FR) and MEP David Borrelli (IT) met on 11 January to discuss the EC proposal on anti-dumping regulation, exchange on the impact assessment accompanying the proposal and on the compromise agreed in the Council on the TDI modernisation. Further information on this event and the presentations are available on the CU members area. On 24 January, INTA committee held a first exchange of view on EC proposal. Many MEPs agreed that the EC proposal should take into consideration the EP Resolution of 12 May 2016 and that EP and member states should take time to improve the proposal. (SV)
MEPs correct few ENVI proposals on the EU ETS reform in a plenary vote On 15 February 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)
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