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Year 10 Nº 34

16 February 2017

FEPF has a new president and a new member On 1 January the European Federation of Ceramic Table- and Ornamentalware – one of CerameUnie ten sectors - welcomed Mr Roberto Sala as the new FEPF President for a three-year mandate. Mr Sala, the President of ceramic tableware company I.P.A. Industria Porcellane S.p.A., succeeds Mr Kevin Oakes, Chairman of Royal Crown Derby and former Chief Executive of Steelite International. On 1 January 2017 FEPF welcomed a new member from the Hungarian Ceramic Industry Association representing Hungarian ceramic tableware companies. FEPF’s membership currently covers tableware producers in France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Croatia and Hungary. (SV)

FEPF General Assembly On 13 February FEPF General Assembly met in Ambiente at Messe Frankfurt. The meeting was chaired by the new FEPF president Roberto Sala. National associations and companies exchanged on the implementation of anti-dumping duties and the next steps that lay ahead. Furthermore, FEPF discussed the steps to be undertaken in the revision of food contact materials. The FEPF secretariat reported on the work of the European Commission and its work priorities. FEPF GA exchanged on actions to be taken on the revision on food contact, notably on the draft vision document. Some members requested additional time that is needed for the analytical work at national level and agreed to share their feedback with FEPF and FCM experts. (SV)

TDI and MES China update On Market Economy Status, in mid-December Mr 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 Ms Rodriguez Pinero 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. 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 Extranet. 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)

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Year 10 Nº 34 | 16 February 2017 REACH authorisation - lead 10 November 2016 – ECHA's 7th recommendation to prioritise substances of very high concern for authorisation includes the substances lead monoxide and lead tetroxide. A public consultation on the draft recommendation took place between November 2015 and February 2016. The Member State Committee (MSC) considered the comments received and adopted its opinion in September 2016. The final decision on the inclusion of the substances in the Authorisation List and on the dates by which companies will need to apply for authorisation to ECHA will be taken by the European Commission in collaboration with the Member States and the European Parliament. According to the frits consortium, the use of lead compounds in the production of frits is considered an intermediate use and herefore exempt from the autorisation requirement. More information can be found here. (AV)

Next steps in the food contact materials legislation

Meetings and events - 6 March, CU Chem agents WG—Brussels - 7 March, CU Climate & Energy WG— Brussels - 7 March, CU ENV Commitee—Brussels - 8 March, CU workshop on Energy prices and costs study—Brussels - 25 May - Extraordinary FEPF General Assembly - Video conference

On 30 January Cerame-Unie attended the Technical WG on food contact materials. The Commission presented a possible new legislation on p-FCM to be based on the draft German proposal. At the moment the scope of the printed FCM includes printing inks and food contact materials that are printed (e.g. plastics, card board, napkins). Ceramic FCM are not in the scope of this proposal. However, a later inclusion of ceramic FCM remains a risk. The Commission aims at preparing a new harmonised measure on p-FCM by the end of this year or mid-2018. FEPF inquired about the state of play of the revision of FCM legislation. DG SANTE clarified there were outstanding issues regarding the ceramic FCM revision (e.g. bakeware, SMEs and artisanal-ware) and should a mandate be given by the hierarchy then the ceramic and glass FCM revision would continue. However the Commission’s priority now is the revision of printed FCM and the evaluation of the Framework FCM legislation. Concerning the evaluation of the Framework Food Contact Regulation under the Better Regulation Guidelines, the Commission wants to address a proper risk assessment and compliance; investigate why there is a need to differentiate between different FCMs and address the issues of enforceability and occupational safety as well as identify responsibilities of authorities and businesses. (SV)

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 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/CB)

MEP Tajani Elected president of the European Parliament 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. Mr Tajani, has for a long time now been a close ally and friend of 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 Federation of Ceramic Table- and Ornamentalware Member of Cerame-Unie Rue Belliard 12 B-1040 Brussels +32 2 808 38 80 | www.cerameunie.eu Editor: Simona Vackeova, Mayssa Vande Vyvre | vackeova@cerameunie.eu 2

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