EUROPEAN ALUMINIUM shares a set of recommendations for a sustainable industrial recovery plan
European Aluminium represents the entire value chain of the aluminium industry in Europe. Its industry is leading the transition to a climate-neutral and circular economy, sitting at the start of long value chains that are essential for European citizens: transport (40%), building and construction (30%) and packaging (20%). The COVID-19 crisis is having a disruptive impact on its value chain and members’ daily operations, ranging from plant closures due to the lower demand and government restrictions, to a shortage of workers and liquidity problems. It provided a range of recommendations for a sustainable industrial recovery plan.
To recover from the crisis, Europe needs to reduce some of the pressure on economic actors, in particular small and medium-sized companies, both in the short and long-term. It also needs to re-establish confidence and stimulate demand for sustainable products and solutions.
Global competition, especially from China, will ramp-up fiercely in the post-COVID19 world, threatening even more European aluminium producers’ resilience. Maintaining primary and recycled aluminium production is essential for Europe’s raw material sovereignty.
In daily business operations, the industry sees that the response to the current crisis is not less Europe, but more Europe, and it starts with our common European market. It is vital to ensure the transportation of essential goods and flow of services across our borders, such as medical, pharmaceutical, food and energy. In this respect, they welcome the European Commission’s initiatives on ‘Green Lanes’ and on the free movement of workers to support the functioning of the Single Market.
The association believes that maintaining the free movement of goods, workers and services under safe conditions should be a cornerstone of the recovery plan.
Read the full article published by EEIP here.