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The main objectives of Eurometaux's Trade Committee are as follows:

  • To assert, in all areas of EU trade policy, the industry's international dimension in global commodity markets
  • To contribute to, and draw benefit from, the bargaining power of Europe in international trade negotiations and foreign industrial relations
  • To address any sources of competitive trade distortions, whether they arise within or outside the Single Market
 

The Trade Plan

Guiding Principles

To maintain and develop:
  • A sustainable and competitive non-ferrous metals industry in Europe
  • A free and fair trade environment respectful of WTO rules
  • A level playing-field among operators in the sector worldwide

Overall Objectives

With a view to supporting the development of a sustainable and competitive non-ferrous metals industry in Europe:
  • Assert, in all areas of EU trade policy, the European industry's close interaction and inter-connections with global non-ferrous metals markets
  • Contribute to, and draw benefit from, the bargaining power of the EU in international trade negotiations and foreign industrial relations
  • Address any sources of competitive trade distortions, whether they arise within or outside the Single Market

Priority Actions

  • Secure, in the framework of multilateral trade negotiations as well as in the context of the EU’s bilateral free-trade initiatives, improved market access for the EU non-ferrous metals industry exports world-wide and level playing-field access to raw materials, while defending the desired EU market protection whenever this is justified
  • Take advantage of the WTO membership negotiations in order to secure improved market access to WTO candidate members
  • Integrate specific non-ferrous metals objectives in EU business (BUSINESSEUROPE) positions relative to the various issues dealt with in relation to the EU trade agenda (market access, foreign direct investment, trade and competition, trade and environment, trade and climate change policies)
  • Assert the industry’s views and interests in respect of any problems arising in relation to the implementation of world or EU customs regulatory provisions (customs classification, rules of origin, tariff suspensions, GSP, etc…)
  • At the request of its members,
    • Provide expertise in recourse against sector- or product specific competitive trade distortions through the use of the EU trade policy instruments and the WTO dispute settlement mechanisms (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, safeguard and trade barrier Regulations)
    • Address any competitive trade distortions arising within the Single Market as a result of EU or national Regulations

Trade Committee

Within the guidelines adopted by the Executive Committee in respect of global trade policy, and taking into consideration the priorities and concerns of each and every metal sectors, the Trade Committee:
  • Monitors trends in international EU trade policy and trade-related EU legislation
  • Makes recommendations as to the desirable "non-ferrous metal" line of action and priorities in both respects
  • Asserts the industry's views on the EU strategic lines regarding trade
  • Backs up, whenever necessary, the initiatives taken by any individual metal sector with a view to tackling its specific trade problems.

 

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