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Parliamentary questions
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18 June 2013
Question for written answer E-007099-13
to the Commission
Rule 117
Konrad Szymański (ECR)

 Subject:  Situation facing gypsum producers in the EU
 Answer in writing 

The construction industry is one of the EU’s strategic economic sectors, and the continued development of many other sectors (e.g. infrastructure) is dependent upon it. The situation facing gypsum producers is of particular importance, as more than half of the world’s gypsum is produced in the EU. This industry employs over 14 000 people and over 3 million local SMEs are reliant upon it.

Representatives of gypsum producers estimate that the costs associated with the introduction of the Emissions Trading System could consume up to 25% of their profits. This could possibly lead to the industry moving outside the EU.

Does the Commission intend to adopt a decision on including the gypsum industry on the list of sectors exposed to the risk of carbon leakage outside the EU? If so, when will such a description be adopted?

Original language of question: PLOJ C 81 E, 20/03/2014
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