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Parliamentary questions
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30 June 2021
E-003382/2021
Question for written answer  E-003382/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Antonio Tajani (PPE), Massimiliano Salini (PPE), Andrea Caroppo (PPE), Salvatore De Meo (PPE), Aldo Patriciello (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Safeguarding the European steel industry

On 14 July 2021, the Commission will publish its proposal for a regulation establishing the carbon border adjustment mechanism. The purpose of this regulation is to discourage the transfer of CO2 emissions from states with restrictive environmental legislation to states with more permissive standards. This would protect European companies from unfair competition from foreign – in particular Chinese – rivals. Steel, cement and electricity are among the sectors covered by the mechanism.

Several European steel producers already have production plants outside the Union. We need to ensure that the carbon border adjustment mechanism does not encourage relocation, leading to a loss of competitiveness of European industry, as well as jobs.

In the light of the above:

1. Does the Commission plan to include stainless and specialty steels, and more generally any steel-intensive products, in the new regulation on the carbon border adjustment mechanism in order to avoid market distortions?

2. Will it maintain the current level of free ETS allowances and provide for an export rebate?

3. What instruments will it put in place to promote a strategic sector that has already been affected by China’s aggressive policies and the increase in the price of raw materials?

Original language of question: IT
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