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Eurobrief May 2011

ETS - CEMBUREAU calls for clear plant rationalisation rules

May 2011 - A sense of urgency prevails in the European Commission and many Member States as the full set of Guidance Documents on Allocation Rules are not yet completed and the deadline for Member States to propose their plans for free allocation to the Commission by end September 2011 is approaching fast.

CO2 Tax - further analysis

In our last editorial we identified that the proposal to introduce a CO2 tax in the framework of the Directive on Taxation of Energy Products (2003/96/EC) would have a limited impact upon the cement industry. We raised questions to which further analysis now allows to answer.

CEMBUREAU quarterly economic report, 1st quarter 2011: First signs of stabilisation of construction activity in the EU

The latest estimations from EUROSTAT show a 0.7% rise in the EU construction activity in the first quarter of 2011. Taking into account the euro area (EU17), the growth was of 1.1%. When compared to the same quarter of the previous year, the EU27 and the euro area showed 0% and -1.9% growths respectively.