Commission study assesses regulatory costs for the EU Ceramic Industry

20 November 2017

Press release

A Commission study has assessed the cumulative cost of implementing regulation for the European ceramic industry. Europe’s regulatory framework for the ceramic industry, along with the industry’s own efforts, plays an essential role in ensuring a competitive ceramic industry. However, the report shows and upward trend with these costs almost doubling over the period investigated mostly due to the high increase in energy related regulatory costs. 


The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), in partnership with Economisti Associati and Ecorys Brussels, has performed a “Cumulative Cost Assessment (CCA) of the EU ceramics and glass industries” for the European Commission in order to determine the costs generated by selected pieces of legislation on ceramic sectors. The European ceramic industry is composed to a large extent by SMEs and covers a wide range of products including construction materials, consumer products, high tech products and industrial applications. 


The study, which also covers the glass industry, is the last in a series Cumulative Costs Assessments initiated by the Commission on different sectors as a follow-up to the Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) Communication of October 2013. Previous studies covered steel, aluminium, chemicals and forest based industries.