On 11 June 2013, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, gave a press conference on Action Plan to galvanise the EU’s steel industry. The European Commission put forward an action plan for the European Steel Industry to help this sector confront challenges and lay the foundations for future competitiveness by fostering innovation, creating growth and jobs. For the first time since the Davignon Plan of 1977, the EC is proposing an Action Plan for steel.
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||Arrival of Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ITALIAN) saying that with this strategy that they have adopted today, part of the plan for the industrial relation in Europe which is part of the 2020 plan for industry, he thinks they are sending a signal for a sustainable and competitive steel sector because they feel this is a target that they can reach (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ITALIAN) saying that this summary shows what the 6 pillars are. So what they want is the regulatory framework, boosting demand, they want a level playing field for access to raw material and trade, energy policy and also a policy for resource and then the proficiency to boost competitiveness. They also want to increase what is available for innovation and have employment and restructuring. These are the 6 main areas (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ITALIAN) saying that they are on slide number 5 now and they were looking really about the regulatory framework. There is of course a national standard and European one to make sure that the costs do not discourage investment and the Commission feels that they need clear predictable and stable framework and with that in view they looked at impact that is reinforcing that to make sure that there are competitiveness as well.
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ITALIAN) saying that they would like to set up a European skill Council for the steel industry and they would also like to see a European alliance for skills and sector skills alliances trough training courses and also have a taskforce for particular key areas and also have a quality framework for any possible future restructuring.
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ITALIAN) saying that they are also going to be presenting a quality framework for anticipation of change and restructuring so in other words that would be a structured process that the trade union would also be involved in and then they would also be applying co-financing and using contribution form these structural funds for those countries that do benefit from that; that is Spain, Portugal and Greece.
||Departure of Antonio Tajani (2 shots)