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Year 11 Nº 101

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)

MEP Tajani elected president of the EP Antonio Tajani an Italian MEP has been elected as the President of the European Parliament (EP). MEP 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. MEP 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. MEP Tajani replaces MEP Schulz who is getting into German politics. (MVV)

2nd State of the Energy Union Report On February 1st, Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, presented the next steps in shaping the Energy Union to Members of the European Parliament. Eight additional proposals (“Clean energy package”) were tabled in November 2016, representing about 80% of the legislation needed to complete the Energy Union. The Clean energy package covers, among others, energy efficiency in order to insure EU consumers a secure and affordable energy. Parliament’s Industry Committee is about to 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. For more information click here. (CM) 1

Year 11 Nº 101

| 16 February 2017

CPR January updates

Meetings and events

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’.

- 6-8 March 2017, Brussels, CU March Meetings

Gwenole Cozigou, DG GROW Director in charge of industrial transformation and advanced value chains, presented three options on the future of the CPR:

-28 Mar 2017, Brussels, TBE Roofing Tiles PG

Improvement of the regulation through ‘soft legistation’, such as FAQ;

Revision of the CPR;

- 27 Mar 2017, Brussels, TBE Pro-Masonry TF

- 22 Mar 2017, Brussels, TBE RDS Ad-Hoc group - 22 Mar 2017, Brussels, TBE CPR Ad-Hoc group

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)

European Masonry Alliance meeting MEPs On 31 Jan the European Masonry Alliance (EMA) held a dinner debate with the MEPs on the topic of “Get Europe building for growth and jobs”. The dinner was hosted by MEP Catherine Stihler. Among issues discussed was the recently published “Clean Energy for all Europeans” package and the role of construction sector and buildings. Miroslaw Jaroszewicz, TBE Vice-President presented the ceramic industry position on the revision of the European Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which you can find here. More details on the EMA alliance can be found here. (MV)

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. The agenda of the conference can be found here. (NP)

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)

REACH authorisation - CTPHT 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)

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