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Competitiveness of the European construction industry: CEMBUREAU will take action

On 31 July 2012, the European Commission outlined its “Strategy for the sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector and its enterprises”. The Communication acknowledges the economic importance of the construction sector which can significantly influence the development of the overall economy.

2015: The road ahead

Just before the Christmas recess, the newly appointed European Commission announced its work programme for 2015. The removal of certain proposals, most notably those relating to the circular economy package adopted just six months earlier, stirred up plenty of controversy in Brussels. Nevertheless, the Commission has good intentions as it hopes that this Work Programme will make ‘a real difference for jobs, growth and investment’. It is clear that this Work Programme will go some way towards shaping the work of CEMBUREAU in 2015.

Carbon costs pass-through in the European cement industry

In the context of the debate on the future of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), one of the issues on the table is the ability (or not) of a sector to pass on to their customers additional costs arising from to the purchasing of CO2 allowances.

Quarterly Economic Report – Q4 2015

Q4 2015 national account figures revealed that no EU countries experienced recession in 2015. The fastest growing economy in 2015 was Malta (4.9%) followed by Luxembourg (4.7%), while the lowest were Greece (zero growth) and Italy (0.6%).

Opening the door to enhanced EU-Turkey Bilateral trade

The recent agreement between the EU and Turkey has further opened the door to enhancing the existing Customs Union between the two parties. According to the European Commission, Turkey is an important trading partner for the EU.

CEMBUREAU Position on COP21

Countries from all over the world are gathering in Paris from 30 November until 11 December to discuss a new binding international climate change agreement aiming at limiting global warming below 2° C. Adaptation to climate change will also be part of the agenda as costs for such adaptation are estimated at EUR 140 bn per year by 2030 and EUR 470 bn per year by 2050. CEMBUREAU, the European Cement association, is closely monitoring the COP 21 negotiations as climate policy is relevant both for the cement manufacturing process as for the use of the downstream product, concrete. With the actions it sets forth in its 2050 Low Carbon Roadmap, the cement industry is fully in line with the goal to keep temperature rise below 2° C.

Quarterly economic report – Q1 2015

Latest quarterly figures (Q1 2015) reveal some economic momentum across Member States as GDP growth gained speed in many EU Member States (MS). However, divergences in economic performances persisted and recovery from the cumulated GDP losses is still lagging behind in some of the MS that were most affected by the subdued economic cycle across the EU since Q4 2008.

EU-ETS Post-2020: first impressions

The long awaited, and much debated, post-2020 EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) proposal has now been published by the European Commission. Leaked drafts have been frantically circulating around the Brussels bubble over the past few weeks, but it was only on 15 July that we finally saw what the Commission is really thinking. In the build up to 15 July, stakeholders have been running left, right and centre to get their voice heard. But how does the proposal really measure up compared to our expectations? Has our voice really been heard?

Quarterly economic report – Q2 2015

Highlights - Hopes for acceleration in economic recovery have resulted in some slowdown in real GDP growth rates in Q2 2015, as the EU28 recorded +0.4% vs +0.5% in Q1 2015 (same as in the euro area).

Horizon 2020 funding opportunities for 2016-2017

On 13 October 2015, the European Commission adopted the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016-2017. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).