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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.

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).

Improving EU Regulation

May 2015 - During the course of this month, the European Commission adopted its ‘Better Regulation Package’, which, as the title suggests, aims to improve regulation at EU level. Comprising a range of documents from communications, staff working documents to a toolbox, the package does indeed bring forward some interesting ideas, one of which is improving the consultation process with a view to covering the entire life cycle of a proposal, from pre-proposal to legislation and, finally, evaluation.

Open letter to the newly elected European Parliament

Competitiveness, carbon leakage, energy and the circular economy. Four priorities for the four months to the end of 2014. As the newly elected Members of the European Parliament, your voice will be instrumental in taking forward proposals in these areas. Therefore, we take this opportunity of providing you with our view on these priorities.

EU-ETS: Work in progress paves the way for key decisions

August 2009 - The summer recess in Brussels typically shows a contrast between a very busy month of July, when the European Commission clean their desks, and a sleepy August when most Eurocrats enjoy a well deserved rest.

The Energy Union and its relevance for the cement sector

In line with its 10 priorities the European Commission adopted its Communication on the “Framework strategy for a resilient energy union with a forward-looking climate change policy” on 25 February. The Communication lays out the Commissions objective to ensure secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy for citizens and businesses. The declared goal is to make energy more secure, affordable and sustainable throughout Europe.

Cement, concrete & the circular economy

All eyes are currently on the circular economy package launched by the European Commission ahead of the summer recess. The package draws together a wide variety of proposals, from waste recycling and energy recovery to resource-efficient buildings.