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EU Action On Steel Industry Costs

Thursday, October 29, 2015

GMB Welcome EU Decision To Act On Energy Costs For Steel Industry

The UK should also press for the EU to catch up with the USA  in dealing with dumping says GMB.

GMB, the union for steel workers, commented on the announcement that agreement has been reached that an emergency  EU council will be held to discuss the crisis in the steel industry.  See  notes to editors for copy of BIS press release dated 29th October.

David Hulse, GMB National Officer, said " GMB consider that the EU must approve energy intensive industries including steel not being made to meet the cost of renewables policy.  The UK should also press for the EU  to catch up with the USA  in dealing with dumping."


Contact:  David Hulse 07971  266157  or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

Notes to editors.

Copy of BIS press release dated THURSDAY 29 OCTOBER 2015


Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, has had his request for an emergency meeting with senior European ministers granted to discuss the pressures faced by the steel industry. After taking his concerns directly to Brussels, agreement has been reached that an emergency council will be held.

Following talks with Luxembourg, which holds the European Union (EU) Presidency, it has been agreed that this will take place within the next ten working days.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said:

“I have been lobbying member states and met European commissioners to drive up the importance of this issue. I have called for an urgent EU Council meeting on steel, and I am pleased the Luxemburg Presidency has agreed that this will take place within the next ten working days. I am determined this council leads to swift action, not just a talking shop."

This agreement came as the Business Secretary was meeting with a number of EU commissioners to drive home the current situation for the industry. The agreement was reached between the Business Secretary and Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg. Details and timings will be confirmed when the Presidency formally announces the meeting in the coming days.

Mr Javid met Industry and Internal Market Commissioner El?bieta Bie?kowska and Trade Commissioner Cecelia Malström.

The Secretary of State also raised steel within the wider context of the EU Commission’s work on the single market and industry with Vice-President Jyrki Katainen.

Notes to editors:

1.    Further assistance for the industry was also announced by the Prime Minister that the UK is now expecting to have state aid approval to provide relief to Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs), specifically steel, from the cost of renewables policy by the end of this year. This means that the Government will be providing relief to these sectors from the costs of the small feed in tariffs.

2.    It was also announced that further funds will be made available to commence compensation from the costs of the Renewables Obligation at the same time.

3.      These meetings and announcements are the latest steps the Government has taken to help the steel sector, including paying over £50 million in compensation for energy costs to date.

Rebecca Murrell | Senior Media Relations Officer | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills | BIS | 1 Victoria Street | London | SW1H 0ET | Tel: 020 7215 6403 |

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