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Parliamentary questions
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22 June 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Massimiliano Smeriglio (S&D), Pietro Bartolo (S&D), Brando Benifei (S&D), Simona Bonafè (S&D), Giuseppe Ferrandino (S&D), Elisabetta Gualmini (S&D), Pierfrancesco Majorino (S&D), Alessandra Moretti (S&D), Pina Picierno (S&D), Giuliano Pisapia (S&D), Patrizia Toia (S&D)
 Subject: Competitiveness of Europe’s steel industry: case of Acciai Speciali Terni

Acciai Speciali Terni (AST) is one of Europe’s top four producers of flat-rolled stainless steel products.

ThyssenKrupp recently said that it wishes to dispose of the plant as it is no longer of strategic interest, or alternatively to look for a partner (which clearly contradicts its claim that the plant is no longer of strategic interest).

This is having an adverse effect on the site’s competitiveness and is raising serious concerns among workers there and the local authorities. As is widely known, steel is a basic material for key manufacturing industry value chains and has a decisive role to play in Industry 4.0 strategy and in achieving the objectives of EU climate policy.

In the light of the above, can the Commission state:

1. Whether it will take action to safeguard the profitability and competitiveness of AST and, if so, what action;

2. Whether it will monitor the disinvestiment procedure so as to guarantee production continuity and respect for European environmental sustainability standards and, if so, how it will do this;

3. Whether, given the current state of Europe’s iron and steel industry, it feels that a coordinated response is needed to protect this strategic sector by preventing the gradual takeover of European plants by purchasers from outside Europe whose aims are not simply to develop and upgrade these plants.

Original language of question: IT
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