High-Level Roundtable on the Future of the European Steel Industry
Future of Europe's steel industry
In June 2013, the Commission adopted a Steel Action Plan which made key recommendations to EU countries to help address issues in the sector. To follow up on the implementation of the Steel Action Plan, the first meeting of the newly created European Commission High Level expert Group on Steel (HLG) will be held on 4 December 2013 in Brussels.
The High‑Level Roundtable was set up in July 2012 by Vice‑President and Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Antonio Tajani, in cooperation with the Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, László Andor.
The Roundtables serve as a platform for dialogue between the Commissioners, industry chief executives and trade unions. They seek to identify the main factors affecting competitiveness of the EU steel industry and to develop concrete recommendations for the Commission and national governments in order to keep the industry competitive in the long term.
The HLR itself gives the process political visibility and authority, while a “Sherpa” group prepares input for the HLR members.
Parliament & national governments
Two observers from the European Parliament's ITRE (Industry, Research and Energy) and EMPL (Employment and Social Affairs) committees attend. National governments are invited as observers to express their views on the challenges the steel industry is facing. Their participation does not prejudge the Parliament's and/or the Council's eventual position on the European Commission’s APS (Action Plan for the European Steel Industry).
The Third High-Level Roundtable (HLR) on the future of the European steel industry took place on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 and focused on approving specific policy recommendations [170 KB] to the European Commission and the Member States.
The recommendations will serve as a basis for preparation of a long term EU strategy (Action Plan for the European Steel Industry – APS).