Cerame-Unie Welcomes EU Commission Communication on Raw Materials
Cerame-Unie (European Ceramic Industry Association) strongly supports the European Commission in its aims to further strengthen the EU’s trade strategy on raw materials. Furthermore, it welcomes the Commission’s contribution to improve, together with the Member States, the regulatory framework for sustainable extraction within the EU. Looking at imports, the European refractory industry in particular is highly concerned by a number of trade distortions such as export restrictions on crucial raw materials. In this respect Cerame-Unie supports the on-going WTO panel proceedings against Chinese export restrictions on certain raw materials, including amongst others bauxite and silicon carbide, and calls upon the Commission to take similar steps for other raw materials such as magnesia. Equally important is the improvement of the regulatory framework for sustainable extraction within the EU. A key priority is therefore the encouragement of member states to define a national minerals policy and to elaborate a land use planning policy including long term estimates for regional and local minerals demand. Furthermore, the ceramic industry fully supports the aim of the Commission to put in place a clear authorisation process for exploration and extraction.