3rd meeting of the High Level Roundtable on the Future of the European Steel Industry: common press point by Antonio Tajani, László Andor, and representatives of European steel companies, trade unions and from the Governments of Member States
Type: Complete press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 12 February 2013, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, chaired the third meeting of the High Level Round table on the Future of the European Steel Industry in presence of László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Representatives of European steel companies, trade unions and from the Governments of Member States.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, (in FRENCH) giving some introductory words to open the 3rd meeting of the High Level round table on the Future of the European Steel Industry and presenting the results of the work that has been done.
||Soundbite by László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, (in ENGLISH): Thank you very much. Ladies and Gentlemen; from the point of view of employment, the steel sector is extremely important in the European Union. There are about 360 thousand employees in this sector but the point is that about five years before it was about 16% more. So the crisis of the recent years took at all on this sector including the work force and that is also why we need to think in more strategic terms when we discuss the future of steel industry in the European Union. Of course, the agenda of the industrial policy and the employment policy have to be very closely interlinked and we also need to ensure that whenever a change is taking place in response to short term or long term challenges, we manage this change in a socially responsible way. There is a body of European labour legislation which ensures that, for instance, to ensure that the right to information and concertation is respected and we also took note that the European Parliament in January adopted a new resolution about this, the importance of socially responsible restructuring and this needs to be taken into account when the Commission considers further steps in this area also looking at the conclusions of the public consultations on the basis of a green paper which we issued one year ago on industrial restructuring. It is also very important to say the added value of the EU financial instrument because for example the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) in recent years has helped more than four thousand steel workers in Europe in five different Members States and this capacity, of course, can ensure that those workers are affected by changes, in certain cases, large-scale redundancies can get assistance for retraining and their skills, their capacity would not be lost. It is also important to highlight that many in the discussions today highlighted the merits of the European Social Fund. Especially if we want to look ahead and plan and anticipate change in industry whether it is related to technical change or demographic transformation or the global competition in general terms, the European Social Fund can help investment in human capital within the Member States and the steel sector could most likely better use these capacities in the future. Finally, it is very important that the European Council concluded just a few days ago with a very clear guidance that there is a need for adequate funding for the European Social fund in the future and that the EGF should also be sustained. Thank you very much.
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH) inviting Wolfgang Eder, President of European Confederation of Iron and Steel Industries (Eurofer), to take the floor
||Soundbite by Wolfgang Eder (in ENGLISH) on the future of the European steel industry
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH) thanking Wolfgang Eder for his speech and work and inviting Bart Samyn, Deputy General Secretary at IndustriALL European Trade Union, to take the floor
||Soundbite by Bart Samyn (in FRENCH) on the future of the European steel industry and the issue of ArcelorMittal
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH) thanking Bart Samyn and stressing the message of working together
||Soundbite by Pervenche Berès, Chairwoman of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, (in FRENCH) on the future of the European steel industry, the dependance of the European Union on rare earths, and the issue of CO2 allowances
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) thanking Pervenche Berès and inviting Arnaud Montebourg, French Minister for Productive Recovery, to take the floor
||Soundbite by Arnaud Montebourg (in FRENCH) on the future of the European steel industry, the issue of ArcelorMittal and on unfair globalisation
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani thanking Arnaud Montebourg and inviting Jean-Claude Marcourt, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister of the Walloon Government and Minister for the Economy, SMEs, Foreign Trade, New Technologies and Higher Education, to take the floor
||Soundbite by Jean-Claude Marcourt (in FRENCH) on the future of the European steel industry and the importance of an implementation plan for reindustrialisation
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) thanking Jean-Claude Marcourt and inviting Varujan Vosganian, Romanian Minister for Economy, to take the floor
||Soundbite by Varujan Vosganian (in FRENCH) on the future of the European steel industry and on the involvment of Romania
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) thanking Varujan Vosganian and inviting Etienne Schneider, Luxembourgish Minister for Economy and Foreign Trade, to take the floor
||Soundbite by Etienne Schneider (in FRENCH) on the future of the European steel industry, the need of an industrial policy for the European Union, and the issue of ArcelorMittal
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) thanking Etienne Schneider, giving some comments on his speech and inviting Claudio De Vincenti, Italian Deputy State Secretary for Economic Development, to take the floor
||Soundbite by Claudio de Vincenti (in ENGLISH) on the future of the European steel industry and on the importance of the industrial policy instruments
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH) thanking Claudio De Vincenti and inviting Grazyna Henclewska, Polish Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Economy, to take the floor
||Soundbite by Grazyna Henclewska (in ENGLISH) on the future of the European steel industry and on the Action Plan for the steel sector
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) opening the questions/answers session