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Cerame-Unie
27 July 2022

VACANCY: INTERNSHIP IN EUROPEAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS (CLIMATE, ENERGY & TRADE) | SEPTEMBER 2022

News

Please consult full vacancy here
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Energy
26 July 2022

JOINT OPEN LETTER TO ENERGY MINISTERS ON “SAVE GAS FOR A SAFE WINTER” | INDUSTRY AND DISTRICT HEATING OPERATORS CALL FOR PRIORITISATION OF EFFICIENT HEAT AND POWER

Press release

Please consult here the full press release.
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Energy
21 July 2022

CERAME-UNIE PRESS RELEASE ON THE EC "GUIDELINES ON A EUROPEAN GAS DEMAND REDUCTION PLAN"

Press release

Please consult HERE the Cerame-Unie Press Release on the European Commission's "Guidelines on a European Gas Demand Reduction Plan".
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Energy
13 July 2022

CU LETTERS TO COMMISSIONER BRETON AND COMMISSIONER SIMSON | ENERGY REDUCTION PLAN – POTENTIAL IMPACT ON CERAMICS AND ITS VALUE CHAINS

Document

Please consult here the full letters to the Commissioners.
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Emissions Trading System
5 July 2022

PRESS RELEASE - EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PLENARY VOTE ETS AND CBAM

Press release

Please consult here the full press release.
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Construction Products Regulation
30 June 2022

CERAME-UNIE POSITION PAPER ON THE PROPOSAL FOR A REVISED CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS REGULATION

Position paper

Please consult here the full position paper
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Sectors
21 June 2022

CET CONGRESS 2022 | ROME, ITALY | 8-10 JUNE

Press release

Please consult here the full press release.
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Sustainable buildings
21 June 2022

ECODESIGN FOR SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS REGULATION PROPOSAL

Position paper

Please consult here the full position paper.
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Construction
8 June 2022

CONSORTIUM OF EUROPEAN AND GLOBAL TRADE BODIES PUBLISHES PEER-REVIEWED STUDY ON THE GLOBAL WARMING POTENTIAL ASSESSMENT OF BIOBASED CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS

Press release

Please consult here the full press release.
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Emissions Trading System
2 June 2022

OPEN LETTER BY ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES CEOS ON ETS AND CBAM

Press release

Please consult here the full open letter.
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Emissions Trading System
25 May 2022

OPEN STATEMENT BY ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES PLENARY VOTES ON EMISSIONS TRADING SYSTEM AND CARBON BORDER ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

Press release

Please Consult here the full statement.
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Cerame-Unie
23 May 2022

VACANCY: INTERNSHIP IN EUROPEAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS - ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY AND HEALTH & SAFETY - STARTING JULY 2022

News

Please consult here the full vacancy post.
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Cerame-Unie
23 May 2022

VACANCY: INTERNSHIP IN ADMINISTRATION, EVENTS & COMMUNICATIONS

News

The position is remunerated and available for 6 months with a preferred start on July 2022. If interested, please send your CV and Motivation Letter, before Wednesday 15 June 2022.
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Emissions Trading System
20 May 2022

ENVI VOTES ON ETS AND CBAM PUT AT FURTHER RISKS THE DECARBONISATION INVESTMENT CAPACITY OF THE CERAMIC INDUSTRY

Press release

Please consult here the full press release.
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Emissions Trading System
12 May 2022

OPEN STATEMENT BY ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES | ENVI COMMITTEE VOTE ON EMISSIONS TRADING SYSTEM AND CARBON BORDER ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

Press release

Please consult here the full joint statement.
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Energy
11 April 2022

CONFINDUSTRIA CERAMICA | MEMORANDUM ON THE CURRENT SITUATION FACING THE ITALIAN CERAMIC INDUSTRY

Press release

Read Confindustria Ceramica's full memorandum here.
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EU funding programmes
4 April 2022

2022 | INVENTORY OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PROJECTS IN THE CERAMIC INDUSTRY

Publication

Please consult here the updated 2022 CU Inventory on R&I Projects in the Ceramic Industry.
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Sustainable buildings
1 April 2022

CERAME-UNIE'S COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSAL FOR A REVISED ENERGY PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS DIRECTIVE

Position paper

Please read here Cerame-Unie's comments on the proposal for a revised Energy Performance Buildings Directive.
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Energy
9 March 2022

JOINT STATEMENT | EUROPEAN INDUSTRIAL ENERGY CONSUMERS CALL FOR A DIALOGUE AND PRAGMATIC ACTIONS ON ENERGY SECURITY AND AFFORDABILITY

Press release

Please consult here for the full press release.
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Energy
3 March 2022

JOINT STATEMENT | PRIORITISING THE USE OF HIGH-EFFICIENCY COGENERATION BY INDUSTRIAL OPERATORS TO REACH 2030 CLIMATE GOALS

Position paper

Please consult here the full Joint Statement.
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Construction
25 February 2022

CERAME-UNIE POSITION PAPER ON CONSTRUCTION ECOSYSTEM

Position paper

Please consult here for the full position paper.
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Emissions Trading System
22 February 2022

EUROPEAN ENERGY-INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES | JOINT STATEMENT | REVISION OF THE EU ETS

Position paper

Please consult here for the full Joint Statement.
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Sustainable buildings
7 February 2022

SUSTAINABLE DUTCH CLAY EXCAVATION - RENEWABLE RESOURCE ANIMATION

Media

Please consult here for more information and to view the animation.
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Cerame-Unie
3 February 2022

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT CERAMICS FORUM APPOINTS A NEW CHAIR

News

Please consult the full press release here.
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Cerame-Unie
27 January 2022

LAUNCH OF CERAMICS FOR BAUHAUS WEBSITE

News

Please consult here for more information.
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Market access
27 January 2022

EU CHALLENGES EGYPTIAN IMPORT RESTRICTIONS AT THE WTO

Press release

Please consult here the full press release.
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Cerame-Unie
26 January 2022

CERAME-UNIE WEBINAR “THE NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS: PAVING THE WAY FOR A BEAUTIFUL, SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE BUILT ENVIRONMENT WITH CERAMICS” | WEDNESDAY 26 JANUARY, 10:00-11:30 (CET) | ZOOM | NEW WEBSITE & RECORDING

News

The CU Webinar “The New European Bauhaus: Paving the way for a beautiful, sustainable and inclusive built environment with Ceramics”, took place on Wednesday 26 January and counted with the attendance of more than 120 participants.
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Energy
26 January 2022

THE SPANISH AND ITALIAN CERAMIC TILE SECTORS MEET IN BRUSSELS WITH THE DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR COMPETITION TO DISCUSS MECHANISMS TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF DECARBONIZATION

Press release

Please consult here for the full press release.
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Cerame-Unie
21 January 2022

2020-2021 CERAME-UNIE ACTIVITY REPORT

Publication

Please consult the full Activity Report here.
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Energy
22 December 2021

INDUSTRIAL ENERGY CONSUMERS URGE EU LEADERS TO SWIFTLY ACT AGAINST UNBEARABLY HIGH ENERGY PRICES

Press release

Please consult here the full joint statement.
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Energy
20 December 2021

CERAME-UNIE CALLS FOR ACTION OF THE EU LEADERS ON THE ENERGY AND CARBON PRICES INCREASE

Press release

Please consult here the full press release.
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Trade defence
13 December 2021

INITIATION OF AN ANTI-DUMPING INVESTIGATION ON IMPORTS OF CERAMIC TILES FROM INDIA AND TURKEY

Press release

Please consult the full press release here.
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Cerame-Unie
23 November 2021

2021 EUROPEAN CERAMIC DAYS | LAUNCH OF THE CERAMIC ROADMAP TO 2050

Press release

Please consult the full press release here.
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Trade defence
19 November 2021

CERAME-UNIE’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE PROPOSAL FOR THE NEW GSP REGULATION

Position paper

Please consult the full response to the public consultation here.
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Energy
18 November 2021

CERAMIC INDUSTRY POSITION ON THE ENERGY TAXATION DIRECTIVE REVIEW

Position paper

Please consult here the full position paper.
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Climate Change
18 November 2021

CERAME-UNIE FEEDBACK ON THE PROPOSAL FOR A CARBON BORDER ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM (CBAM)

Position paper

Please consult the full position paper here.
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Cerame-Unie
17 November 2021

CERAMIC ROADMAP TO 2050 | CONTINUING OUR PATH TOWARDS CLIMATE NEUTRALITY

Publication

Please consult here the full Ceramic Roadmap to 2050
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Emissions Trading System
8 November 2021

CERAMIC INDUSTRY POSITION THE EU ETS REVIEW

Position paper

Please consult here for the full position paper.
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Market access
8 November 2021

PRESS RELEASE | PUBLICATION OF THE FIRST REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF EU TRADE AGREEMENTS

Press release

Please consult the full press release here.
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Energy
20 October 2021

ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES URGE SWIFT ACTION TO TACKLE UNPRECEDENTED ENERGY CRISIS

Position paper

Please consult here the full position paper.
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Energy
20 October 2021

JOINT STATEMENT | AFFORDABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY IS THE LIFEBLOOD OF THE EUROPEAN ENERGY-INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES

Position paper

Please consult here the full joint statement.
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Construction
12 October 2021

PRESS RELEASE | FAIR CONSTRUCTION RULES JOINT PROJECT COMMENCES

Press release

Please consult here the full press release.
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Trade defence
9 September 2021

PUBLICATION OF THE 39TH ANNUAL REPORT ON THE USE OF TRADE DEFENCE INSTRUMENT

Press release

Please consult here the full press release.
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Cerame-Unie
24 August 2021

VACANCY: INTERNSHIP IN EUROPEAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS - CLIMATE, ENERGY & TRADE - STARTING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (1)

News

Please consult here the full vacancy post.
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Cerame-Unie
24 August 2021

VACANCY: INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS - ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY AND HEALTH & SAFETY - STARTING OCTOBER 2021 (1)

News

Please consult here the full vacancy post.
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Cerame-Unie
24 August 2021

VACANCY: INTERNSHIP IN EUROPEAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS - CLIMATE, ENERGY & TRADE - STARTING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

News

The position is remunerated and available for 6 months starting as soon as possible. If interested, please send your CV and Motivation Letter, before Friday 3 September 2021.
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Cerame-Unie
24 August 2021

VACANCY: INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS - ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY AND HEALTH & SAFETY - STARTING OCTOBER 2021

News

The position is remunerated and available for 6 months with a preferred start in October 2021. If interested, please send your CV and Motivation Letter, before Thursday 9 September 2021.
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Emissions Trading System
16 July 2021

AEGIS EUROPE PRESS RELEASE: CBAM EC PROPOSAL

News

EU industries oppose the automatic phase-out of free allowances, and call for export adjustments and better enforcement provisions
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Emissions Trading System
14 July 2021

PUBLICATION OF THE FIT FOR 55 PACKAGE

Press release

Please consult HERE Cerame-Unie's Press Release on the publication of the Fit For 55 Package.
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Emissions Trading System
8 July 2021

ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES’ RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE EU EMISSION TRADING SCHEME REFORM

Position paper

Please consult HERE the Energy Intensive Industries’ recommendations to the EU Emission Trading Scheme reform.
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Cerame-Unie
29 June 2021

THE NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS PARTNERSHIP

News

Cerame-Unie is delighted to announce its selection as an official partner of the New European Bauhaus Initiative.
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Energy
21 June 2021

CERAME-UNIE REPLY TO THE OPEN PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE HYDROGEN AND GAS MARKET DECARBONISATION PACKAGE

Publication

Please consult HERE the response of Cerame-Unie.
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Cerame-Unie
15 June 2021

VACANCY: INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS (ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY AND HEALTH & SAFETY)

News

The position is remunerated and available for 6 months with a preferred start in August 2021. If interested, please send your CV and Motivation Letter, before Friday 25 June 2021.
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Circular economy
9 June 2021

CERAME-UNIE POSITION PAPER ON THE SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS INITIATIVE (SPI)

Position paper

Please consult here the Position Paper of Cerame-Unie.
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Cerame-Unie
3 June 2021

MARIO DRAGHI MEETS THE ITALIAN CERAMIC INDUSTRY

Press release

Please consult here the full PRESS RELEASE.
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Emissions Trading System
28 May 2021

JOINT LETTER | EMILIA-ROMAGNA REGION AND GENERALITAT VALENCIANA | REVIEW OF THE ETS STATE AID GUIDELINES

Publication

Please consult here the full Joint Letter sent by the Emilia-Romagna region and Generalitat Valenciana, in the context of the ETS and the non-inclusion of ceramic tiles in the list of sectors eligible for compensation for indirect carbon costs.
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EU projects
20 May 2021

CU INVENTORY | PROJECTS ON BIODIVERSITY AND PROTECTION OF ECOSYSTEMS

Publication

Please consult the CU Inventory here.
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Market access
7 May 2021

PUBLICATION OF THE FINAL EXAMINATION REPORT IN THE CONTEXT OF THE TBR INVESTIGATION AGAINST THE SAUDI QUALITY MARK

Press release

Please consult HERE the full Cerame-Unie PRESS RELEASE.
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Sectors
4 May 2021

ROADMAP FOR A GREENHOUSE GAS NEUTRAL BRICK & ROOF TILE INDUSTRY IN GERMANY

Publication

Please consult here the German Brick & Roof Tile Industry Roadmap for greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050.
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Environment
3 May 2021

JOINT INDUSTRY STATEMENT | KEY MESSAGES ON THE TARGETED STAKEHOLDER SURVEY (TSS) ON THE E-PRTR REGULATION REVISION

Publication

Please consult here the joint statement regarding the key messages on the Targeted Stakeholder Survey (TSS) on the E-PRTR Regulation revision.
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Market access
16 April 2021

CERAME-UNIE SHARES THE EUROPEAN SHIPPERS COUNCIL’S CONCERNS ABOUT CURRENT DISRUPTION IN GLOBAL TRADE, DUE TO CONTAINER SHORTAGE

Press release

Please consult here the joint Press release.
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Emissions Trading System
15 April 2021

THE IMPORTANCE OF LINKING THE EU ETS WITH THE UK ETS AHEAD OF COP26 | JOINT LETTER TO EC & UK GOVERNMENT

Publication

Please consult here the joint letters signed by over 40 UK & EU business groups, addressed to the European Commission and UK Government, to urge them to link the EU & UK Emission Trading Systems, ahead of COP26.
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Environment
12 April 2021

JOINT INDUSTRY STATEMENT | CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY OPTIONS IN CONTEXT OF THE TARGETED STAKEHOLDERS SURVEY ON THE REVISION OF THE INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS DIRECTIVE

Publication

Please consult here the joint statement regarding climate change policy options considered in context of the TSS on the revision of the IED.
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Sustainable buildings
22 March 2021

CERAME-UNIE POSITION ON THE REVISION OF THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS DIRECTIVE

Position paper

Please consult here Cerame-Unie's final position on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) revision – impact assessment.
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Energy
19 March 2021

THE EMILIA-ROMAGNA REGION AND THE COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA MEET THE CERAMIC INDUSTRY FOR A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY TRANSITION

Press release

Please consult HERE the Press Release regarding the meeting held between the representatives of the regional institutions and the ceramic industry associations (Confindustria Ceramica & ASCER).
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Climate Change
12 March 2021

CERAME-UNIE WELCOMES THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S VOTE ON CARBON BORDER ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM (CBAM)

Press release

Please consult here the Press Release of Cerame-Unie regarding the EU Parliament's vote on Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).
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Climate Change
11 March 2021

AEGIS EUROPE’S ASSESSMENT OF THE EU PARLIAMENT VOTE ON CARBON BORDER ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM (CBAM)

Press release

Please consult here the Press Release of AEGIS Europe regarding the EU Parliament vote on Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).
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EU funding programmes
5 March 2021

2021 | INVENTORY OF R&I PROJECTS IN THE CERAMIC INDUSTRY

Publication

Please consult here the updated 2021 CU Inventory on R&I Projects in the Ceramic Industry.
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Cerame-Unie
24 February 2021

VACANCY: INTERNSHIP IN EUROPEAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS (CLIMATE, ENERGY & TRADE)

News

The position is remunerated and available for 6 months with a preferred start on 29 March 2021. If interested, please send your CV and Motivation Letter, before Wednesday 10 March 2021.
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Construction
18 February 2021

PRESS RELEASE | CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS EUROPE | FRENCH DYNAMIC LCA VS. EUROPEAN HARMONISED METHODOLOGY

Press release

Please consult here the Press Release of Construction Products Europe regarding the French dynamic LCA vs. European harmonised methodology.
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Market access
12 February 2021

12 FEBRUARY 2021 │ CERAME-UNIE WELCOMES THE ADOPTION OF THE NEW TRADE ENFORCEMENT REGULATION

Press release

Please consult here Cerame-Unie's press release regarding the new Trade Enforcement Regulation.
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Emissions Trading System
9 February 2021

EU SURVEY | CU RESPONSE TO PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE REVIEW OF THE EU EMISSIONS TRADING SYSTEM

Position paper

Please consult here the CU response to the Public Consultation on the review of the EU Emissions Trading System.
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Emissions Trading System
9 February 2021

RECOMMENDATIONS | ALLIANCE OF ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES | REVIEW OF THE EU EMISSIONS TRADING SYSTEM

Publication

Please consult here the recommendations from the Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries on the review of the EU Emissions Trading System.
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Cerame-Unie
2 February 2021

REPORT | CU CYCLE OF WEBINARS ON CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Publication

Please consult here the Report with key messages shared by the speakers, during the CU Cycle of Webinars on Circular Economy.
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Climate Change
18 January 2021

CU REPLY TO THE SUSTAINABLE FINANCE PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS ON THE COMMISSION DELEGATED ACT (CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION)

Position paper

Please consult here the CU Position Paper on Sustainable Finance.
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Climate Change
15 January 2021

CU POSITION PAPER ON THE CARBON BORDER ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM (CBAM)

Position paper

Please consult here the CU Position Paper and additional comments on the CBAM.
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Cerame-Unie
14 January 2021

EPCF WEBINAR VIDEO | "MAKING THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL AND CBAS FIT FOR SMES?"

Media

Discover the 🗝️ key messages shared by the exceptional speakers of the EPCF Webinar on how to make the EU Green Deal and CBAs fit for SMEs, held in the context of the 2020 European Ceramic Days, on 17 November.
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Energy
7 January 2021

CERAME-UNIE RESPONSE TO THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE REVIEW OF THE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AID GUIDELINES

Document

Please consult here the response of Cerame-Unie to the public consultation on the review of the Energy and Environmental Aid Guidelines.
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Cerame-Unie
17 December 2020

EPCF WEBINAR VIDEO | "TRADE POLICY REVIEW: THE ROAD TO AN OPEN STRATEGIC AUTONOMY"

Media

Discover the 🗝️ key messages shared by the exceptional speakers of the EPCF Webinar on the EU Trade Policy Review, held in the context of the 2020 European Ceramic Days, on 17 November.
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Energy
10 December 2020

CERAME-UNIE INPUT TO THE COMMISSION INCEPTION IMPACT ASSESSMENT ON THE REVIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ENERGY STATE AID GUIDELINES

Publication

Please consult here the input of Cerame-Unie to the Commission IIA on the Review of the EEAG.
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Cerame-Unie
27 November 2020

VACANCY: ADMINISTRATIVE & COMMUNICATIONS TRAINEESHIP

News

The position is remunerated and available for 6 months with a preferred start on 1 February 2021. If interested, please send your CV and Motivation Letter, before Friday 11 December 2020.
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Emissions Trading System
26 November 2020

CERAME-UNIE FEEDBACK TO THE ROADMAP ON THE REVISION OF THE EMISSION TRADING SCHEME DIRECTIVE

Document

Please consult here the feedback of Cerame-Unie to the Roadmap on the Revision of the Emission Trading Scheme Directive.
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Trade
26 November 2020

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS A MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION SETTING OUT ITS PRIORITIES FOR THE EU TRADE POLICY REVIEW

Press release

Please consult here the Press Release of Cerame-Unie.
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EU projects
25 November 2020

THE PROJECT LIFE SUPERHERO IS OFFICIALLY ONLINE | “VENTILATED AND PERMEABLE ROOFS FOR ENERGETIC SUSTAINABILITY AND EFFICIENCY”

Press release

Starting from today it is possible to find all the information about ongoing project updates, news, events and much more at: www.lifesuperhero.eu
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Trade
13 November 2020

CU RESPONSE TO THE TPR PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Position paper

Cerame-Unie’s contribution to the Public Consultation on the EU Trade Policy Review.
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Market access
13 October 2020

INAUGURATION OF THE NEW EU TRADE PORTAL “ACCESS2MARKETS” BY DG TRADE

Press release

Please consult here the Press Release of Cerame-Unie regarding the launch of the new EU trade portal “Access2Markets”
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International Trade Negotiations
22 September 2020

INFORMAL MEETING OF EU TRADE MINISTERS AND DESIGNATED COMMISSIONER FOR TRADE, VICE-PRESIDENT MR VALDIS DOMBROVSKIS.

News

On Monday 21 September 2020, Berlin hosted the first informal summit between the EU Trade Ministers and the designated European Commissioner for Trade Mr Valdis Dombrovskis.
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Cerame-Unie
21 September 2020

PRESS RELEASE | CERAME-UNIE POSITION | REVIEW OF ETS STATE AID GUIDELINES

Press release

Please consult here the Press Release stating the position of Cerame-Unie and the European Ceramic Industry torwards the review of the ETS State Aid Guidelines.
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Trade defence
21 September 2020

CERAME-UNIE SUBSCRIBES TO AEGIS EUROPE’S PRESS RELEASE ON WTO REFORM

Press release

Please consult here the AEGIS Europe’s Press Release on WTO reform.
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Sustainable buildings
23 July 2020

CU POSITION PAPER ON RENOVATION WAVE

Position paper

Cerame-Unie’s answer to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Renovation Wave.
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Circular economy
23 July 2020

CU RESPONSE TO WSR PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Position paper

Waste Shipment Regulation revision: Cerame-Unie’s response to the public consultation.
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Cerame-Unie
16 July 2020

THE EU RECOVERY PACKAGE: ADDRESSING THE MOST URGENT NEEDS AND CONTRIBUTING TO A MORE RESILIENT EUROPE

Press release

Ahead of the European Council summit on 17-18 July, Cerame-Unie calls on the Member States to quickly reach an agreement on the Recovery Plan and stresses the urgency of securing immediate access to liquidity particularly for SMEs.
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Cerame-Unie
25 June 2020

EC NOTICE OF INITIATION | EXAMINATION PROCEDURE AGAINST SAUDI ARABIA SASO QUALITY MARK

News

Commission launches an examination procedure against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on technical requirements affecting European ceramic tiles imports.
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Cerame-Unie
25 June 2020

CLEAN HYDROGEN LETTER | INDUSTRY | VP TIMMERMANS

News

Clean Hydrogen Letter Supported by 33 of Europe’s Biggest Industry Associations and Companies.
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Cerame-Unie
19 June 2020

CERAME-UNIE BROCHURE ON CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABILITY | BEST PRACTICES FROM THE CERAMIC INDUSTRY

Publication

Cerame-Unie is delighted to present our Brochure on Circular Economy and Sustainability - Best Practises from the Ceramic Industry.
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Cerame-Unie
18 June 2020

VACANCY: INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS (ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE AND ENERGY)

News

The position is available starting from mid August / beginning of September, with a duration of 6 months. If interested, please send your CV and motivation letter before Wednesday 8th July 2020.
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Construction
30 April 2020

CONSTRUCTION SECTOR REQUEST TO THE EUROPEAN RECOVERY FUND FOR COVID-19

News

The sector stresses that the European Recovery Fund should include construction as one of the key industrial ecosystems.
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Circular economy
17 April 2020

CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN THE CERAMIC INDUSTRY POSITION PAPER

Position paper

In thia paper, the European ceramic industry, represented by Cerame-Unie, welcomes this Action Plan and highlights that circularity is one of the key drivers to achieve a carbon-neutral economy.
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Circular economy
8 April 2020

WASTE SHIPMENT REGULATION REVISION: CERAME-UNIE’S FEEDBACK TO THE INCEPTION IMPACT ASSESSMENT

News

Cerame-Unie welcomes the upcoming revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation as announced in the new Circular Economy Action Plan adopted by the European Commission on 11 March 2020.
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Trade defence
3 April 2020

AEGIS PRESS RELEASE: REACTION TO THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

News

AEGIS Europe calls for adequate use of trade policy instruments to keep EU’s manufacturing industry during and in the aftermath of COVID-19
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Sectors
30 March 2020

PRE POSITION STATEMENT ON COVID-19

News

PRE published a position statement on refractories being an essential industry in regards to COVID-19.
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Construction
30 March 2020

CONSTRUCTION SECTOR LAUNCHES PRESS RELEASE ON COVID-19

News

The European construction sector calls for urgent measures to protect workers’ health, support economic activity and accelerate the recovery.
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Industrial policy
27 March 2020

POSITION STATEMENT BY WRA IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

News

The latest statement from WRA details why refractories should be recognized as a critical industry that must continue to operate during COVID-19.
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Industrial policy
24 March 2020

PRESS RELEASE: CERAMIC INDUSTRY UPDATES REGARDING TO COVID-19

Press release

With the impact of the COVID-19 on Europe and throughout the world, the Ceramic Industry is aware of this crisis and stands in solidarity with those who are affected and the EU.
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Sustainable buildings
11 March 2020

LAUNCH OF THE EUROPEAN BATHROOM FORUM NEWSLETTER

News

The refreshed European Bathroom Forum (EBF) newsletter was launched on 11 March 2020.
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Circular economy
11 March 2020

EUROPEAN COMMISSION ADOPTS NEW CIRCULAR ECONOMY ACTION PLAN

News

On March 11 2020, the European Commission released its new Circular Economy Action Plan, one of the main blocks of the European Green Deal.
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Industrial policy
11 March 2020

PRESS RELEASE BY CONFINDUSTRIA CERAMICA ON THE CORONAVIRUS IN ITALY

News

Confindustria Ceramica's press release on the contents of the restrictions introduced in Italy to contain the spread of the Coronavirus
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Sustainable buildings
28 February 2020

UNIFIED WATER LABEL: LAST UPDATES

News

On 18 February 2020, FECS hosted the European Bathroom Forum (EBF) meeting in Brussels.
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Cerame-Unie
20 February 2020

PRESS RELEASE: CERAMIC INDUSTRY DISCUSSION WITH TRADE COMMISSIONER PHIL HOGAN ON THE INDUSTRY’S PRIORITIES

Press release

On 13 February 2020, a meeting with Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan was hosted in Strasbourg at the initiative of MEP Rodríguez-Piñero, Chair of the EP Ceramics Forum, to discuss the future of the ceramic industry in the EU.
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EU projects
11 February 2020

UPDATE ON THE CERAMICS BREF PROGRESS

News

The latest updates on BREF for the ceramic industry which went under revision on 5 June 2019.
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Cerame-Unie
20 January 2020

CERAME-UNIE'S FEEDBACK ON ROADMAP ON CIRCULAR ECONOMY ACTION PLAN

News

On 23 December 2019, the European Commission has published a roadmap on the upcoming Circular Economy Action Plan to be adopted in March 2020. Cerame-Unie has submitted an answer on behalf of the European ceramic industry.
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Cerame-Unie
13 January 2020

VACANCY: PAID INTERNSHIP IN EUROPEAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS (STARTING MARCH 2020)

News

6 month paid internship in European Public Affairs. Interested candidates should send their CV and Motivation Letter by Friday 24 January 2020.
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Market access
20 December 2019

MARKET ACCESS UPDATE 2019

News

Cerame-Unie continuously monitors market access for the European ceramic industry. This 2019 market access update focuses on the Middle East, South America, and Southeast Asia.
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Climate Change
12 December 2019

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESENTS THE GREEN DEAL

News

On 11 December, the President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen, accompanied by the First Vice-Commissioner and relative Commissioner for Climate Action, Frans Timmermans, unveiled the promised EU Green Deal.
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Trade defence
12 December 2019

PRESS RELEASE: IMPOSITION OF ANTI-CIRCUMVENTION MEASURES ON IMPORTS OF CERAMIC TABLEWARE AND KITCHENWARE FROM CHINA

News

On 12 December, the European Commission adopted anti-cirmvention measures on imports of ceramic tableware & kitchenware from China.
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Sustainable buildings
10 December 2019

UNIFIED WATER LABEL: NEXT STEPS TOWARDS A VOLUNTARY AGREEMENT

News

On 3 December 2019, FECS participated in the European Bathroom Forum (EBF) meeting which took place in Roca Gallery, Barcelona.
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EU projects
10 December 2019

SPIRE STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP

News

On 3 December 2019, SPIRE held a Stakeholder’s event at the Blue Point Conference Centre. The main objective of the workshop was to discuss the next strategic SPIRE 2050 Roadmap.
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Sectors
3 December 2019

FEPF APPOINTS DR. TILLMANN BLASCHKE AS INCOMING PRESIDENT

Press release

On 21 November, during the 2019 Ceramic Days, the FEPF (European Federation of Ceramic Table- and Ornamentalware) General Assembly appointed its new president, Dr. Tillmann Blaschke.
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Industrial policy
26 November 2019

INDUSTRY4EUROPE - PRESS RELEASE

Press release

European industries unite to call for an ambitious EU industrial strategy
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Industrial policy
26 November 2019

INDUSTRY4EUROPE - JOINT PAPER ‘A LONG-TERM STRATEGY FOR EUROPE’S INDUSTRIAL FUTURE: FROM WORDS TO ACTION’

Publication

Industry4Europe, a coalition of 149 sector Associations representing the diversity of the EU’s industrial base, today published its new Joint Paper ‘A long-term strategy for Europe’s industrial future: from words to action’.
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EU projects
25 November 2019

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION WORKSHOP DURING CERAMIC DAYS

News

On 21 November 2019, the Research and Innovation (R&I) Workshop was held at the Cerame-Unie Office during the European Ceramic Days.
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Sectors
12 November 2019

26TH EDITION | WORLD CERAMIC TILES FORUM | 6-9 NOVEMBER 2019 | BERLIN, GERMANY

Press release

The 26th World Ceramic Tiles Forum (WCTF) was hosted on 7 and 8 November in Berlin, Germany, by the European Ceramic Tiles Manufacturers’ Federation (CET) and the Bundesverband Keramische Fliesen (BKF).
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Cerame-Unie
31 October 2019

VACANCY: PAID INTERNSHIP IN ENVIRONMENT & TECHNICAL AFFAIRS (STARTING JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020)

News

6 month paid internship in Environment & Technical Affairs. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by Friday 22 November 2019.
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EU funding programmes
16 October 2019

ETS INNOVATION FUND MEETING WITH CERAMIC INDUSTRY

News

A workshop on the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) Innovation Fund for the Ceramic Industry with the European Commission took place in Cerame-Unie offices on 11 October 2019.
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International Trade Negotiations
23 September 2019

EU-CANADA TRADE DEAL CELEBRATES 2ND ANNIVERSARY

News

21 September 2019 marked already the second year of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). With annual trade valued at nearly 100 billion Euros, the EU and Canada are key trading partners.
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EU funding programmes
19 September 2019

INVENTORY OF R&I PROJECTS IN THE CERAMIC INDUSTRY

Publication

The latest list of EU-financed research projects related to the ceramics industry is now available. The non-exhaustive list enumerates on-going and completed projects (updated in June 2019).
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EU funding programmes
17 September 2019

93 EUROPEAN ASSOCIATIONS CALL FOR AN AMBITIOUS HORIZON EUROPE PROGRAMME

News

EARTO, along with its research and industrial partners representing key European research & innovation stakeholders, have published a 3rd Joint Statement for an Ambitious Horizon Europe Programme.
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Cerame-Unie
1 August 2019

VACANCY (SEP 2019): PAID INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNICATIONS

News

6 month paid internship in communications. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 28 August 2019.
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Cerame-Unie
1 August 2019

VACANCY (SEP 2019): PAID INTERNSHIP IN EVENT MANAGEMENT

News

6 month paid internship in event management. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 28 August 2019.
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International Trade Negotiations
23 July 2019

EU-MERCOSUR DEAL

News

On 28 June, the EU and Mercosur concluded the political negotiations for a trade agreement, which would be the biggest ever concluded by the EU so far.
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Cerame-Unie
1 July 2019

VACANCY (SEP/OCT 2019): PAID INTERNSHIP IN ENVIRONMENT & TECHNICAL AFFAIRS

News

6 month paid internship in Environment & Technical Affairs. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 2 August 2019.
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Emissions Trading System
8 May 2019

PRESS RELEASE: CARBON LEAKAGE LIST

Press release

Today, the European Commission published the Carbon Leakage List for Phase IV of the EU Emissions Trading System. All ceramic sectors are officially recognised as exposed to the risk of carbon leakage until 2030
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Trade defence
26 April 2019

REPORT ON EU TRADE DEFENCE 2018

Document

On 26 April, the European Commission’s DG TRADE organised a Civil Society Dialogue on Trade Defence Instruments (TDI), during which it presented the Report on EU Trade Defence for the year 2018.
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Chemicals
1 April 2019

FOOD CONTACT MATERIALS: PUBLIC CONSULTATION

News

On 11 February 2019, the European Commission opened a public consultation to assess the current EU legislative framework for food contact materials.
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Chemicals
28 March 2019

UPDATE ON TITANIUM DIOXIDE CLASSIFICATION PROPOSAL

News

On 7 March 2019, the REACH Committee vote on whether to classify Titanium Dioxide as a carcinogen was again postponed; new vote scheduled on 8-9 April 2019.
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EU funding programmes
26 March 2019

SPIRE ROADMAP 2050

News

Off the back of the SPIRE 2050 Vision, SPIRE is developing its 2050 Roadmap to outline the concrete steps needed to facilitate the industrial transition in the European process industry.
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Sustainable buildings
13 March 2019

UNIFIED WATER LABEL - PRESS RELEASE

Press release

FECS welcomes today’s launch of the Unified Water Label at the ISH 2019 fair in Frankfurt. The Unified Water Label is a voluntary and flexible scheme to measure the water consumption of bathroom products.
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Industrial policy
7 March 2019

INDUSTRY4EUROPE - JOINT CALL TO HEADS OF STATE & GOVERNMENT

Publication

Together with 136 European industry associations, Cerame-Unie has signed the Industry4Europe Joint Call to all Heads of State & Government on industrial policy.
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Chemicals
26 February 2019

NEPSI ROADMAP

News

On 26 February 2019, NEPSI, the European Network for Silica, launched a Joint Declaration on a roadmap of actions for the future development of the Social Dialogue Agreement.
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Chemicals
25 February 2019

CMD 2 SIGNED BY PARLIAMENT AND COUNCIL

News

On 11 December, the 2nd batch of the Carcinogens & Mutagens Directive was adopted by the European Parliament and approved by the Council on 20 December 2018. The act entered into force on 20 February 2019.
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Cerame-Unie
21 February 2019

VACANCY (FEB 2019): PAID INTERNSHIP IN EUROPEAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS (TRADE & COMPETITIVENESS)

News

6 month paid internship in European Public Affairs with a focus on trade policy and competitiveness. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 27 February 2019.
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International Trade Negotiations
1 February 2019

EU-JAPAN ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT ENTERS INTO FORCE

News

On 1 February 2019, the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement, the Economic Partnership Agreement, officially entered into force. European ceramics will benefit from zero tariffs from day one.
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Energy
29 January 2019

EUROPEAN COMMISSION'S 2018 STUDY ON ENERGY PRICES AND COSTS IN EUROPE PUBLISHED

News

The European Commission has published the third report on energy prices and costs in Europe for 2018.
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EU projects
25 January 2019

HARMONI SUMMIT

News

On 16-17 January, the 2019 HARMONI Summit successfully took place, and was organised by the H2020-project HARMONI, which is funded by the European Commission.
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Cerame-Unie
23 January 2019

CERAME-UNIE NOMINATED FOR BEST EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION - EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION AWARDS 2019

News

Cerame-Unie has been nominated for Best European Association at the European Association Awards 2019 for its exemplary representation of industry at the EU-level. The awards ceremony takes place 28 March in Brussels.
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Cerame-Unie
17 December 2018

CERAME-UNIE SEEKS AN INTERN IN ENVIRONMENT AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS

News

6 month paid internship in European environmental affairs with a focus on the technical aspects of environmental policy. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 20 January 2019.
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International Trade Negotiations
12 December 2018

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RATIFIES EU-JAPAN EPA

News

The European Parliament has ratified the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement with more then 400 votes in favor.
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Cerame-Unie
4 December 2018

CERAME-UNIE MANIFESTO 2019-24

Publication

Supporting 600,000 jobs to produce a vast array of unrivalled products, and a production value of €31bn, our Manifesto calls policymakers to action to support this indispensable industry.
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Trade defence
3 December 2018

CERAME-UNIE FEATURED IN EU PROTECTS CAMPAIGN

News

Cerame-Unie took part in the recently launched EU campaign “EU PROTECTS”. The campaign showcases the various areas in which the EU protects citizen’s safety, health, environment, and society.
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Climate Change
28 November 2018

ENERGY-INTENSIVE INDUSTRY JOINT PRESS RELEASE ON EU INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Press release

Energy-intensive industries call for an ambitious and comprehensive EU Industrial Strategy to enable industry’s contribution to the EU long-term GHG goals.
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International Trade Negotiations
28 November 2018

CU AT THE EU TRADE POLICY DAY 2018

Event

Cerame-Unie took part at the EU Trade Policy Day 2018. The event gathered together several business organisations, policymakers and stakeholders to discuss and debate on the latest developments and challenges in international trade.
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International Trade Negotiations
13 November 2018

EU FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS – STATE OF PLAY NOVEMBER 2018

News

Cerame-Unie participated in a number of meetings and working groups on EU Trade Policy. The most recent updates involve Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Mercosur, Australia and New Zealand.
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Cerame-Unie
9 November 2018

JOB VACANCY: CONSTRUCTION & SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER

News

Construction & Sustainability Manager working on sustainable construction, circular economy, energy efficiency of buildings and more. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 30 November 2018.
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Chemicals
26 October 2018

CMD 2 AGREEMENT GOES TO TRILOGUE

News

On 26 October 2018, the European Parliament and the Council agreed on the Commission's second proposal to broaden the list of recognised cancer-causing chemicals in the workplace.
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Trade defence
26 October 2018

TRADE DEFENCE INSTRUMENTS HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE

Meeting

On 26 October 2018, Cerame-Unie participated to the 1st Yearly High-Level Conference on Trade Defence Instruments, organised by the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
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International Trade Negotiations
26 October 2018

HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON TRADE DEFENCE INSTRUMENTS

News

Cerame-Unie participated to the 1st Yearly High-Level Conference on Trade Defence Instruments hosted by Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
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EU projects
24 October 2018

LIFE CERSUDS: FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE WITH CERAMIC TILES

News

LIFE CERSURDS presents its new Urban Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) project which, co-financed by the European Commission, uses ceramic tiles to mitigate flooding and reuse rainwater; reducing the impact of climate change.
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Industrial policy
17 October 2018

INDUSTRY4EUROPE - JOINT CALL TO CANDIDATES FOR EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2019

Publication

Together with 135 European industry associations, Cerame-Unie has signed the Industry4Europe Joint Call to Candidates for European elections 2019.
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EU projects
15 October 2018

HARMONI PROJECT ON REGULATORY BOTTLENECKS

News

Harmonised assessment of regulatory bottleneck and standardisation needs for the process industry.
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International Trade Negotiations
12 October 2018

CERAME-UNIE SIGNS A JOINT-STATEMENT SUPPORTING TRADE DEAL BETWEEN EU AND JAPAN

News

Cerame-Unie together with 27 business organisations signed a Joint-Statement reiterating their strong support for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between EU and Japan.
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EU funding programmes
10 October 2018

SPIRE VISION 2050

Publication

SPIRE together with experts in the field has developed the SPIRE 2050 Vision document, an ambitious document with the objective of driving the Process Industry forward towards a sustainable future and within the framework of Horizon Europe.
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Market access
10 October 2018

CERAME-UNIE MEETS WITH DG TRADE, EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Meeting

On 10 October 2018, Cerame-Unie and industry representatives met with officials of DG TRADE on issues of market access and trade defence.
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Chemicals
1 October 2018

EUROPEAN COMMISSION FOOD CONTACT MATERIALS STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP

Meeting

On 24 September, the European Commission began the evaluation process for the EU’s food contact materials legislation with a stakeholder workshop.
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Climate Change
27 September 2018

ENERGY-INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES CALL FOR AN AMBITIOUS EU INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY TO HELP THE INDUSTRY BETTER CONTRIBUTE TO THE EU LONG-TERM GHG GOALS

Press release

A new and integrated EU industrial strategy for energy- intensive industries is required to complete a transition to a low-carbon economy in the EU
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International Trade Negotiations
21 September 2018

ONE YEAR OF CETA

News

September 2018 marked the one year anniversary of the provisional entry into force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA). European ceramic exports to Canada increased by 5% in 2017, reaching €231m.
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Emissions Trading System
4 September 2018

CERAMIC INDUSTRY SUBMITS CARBON LEAKAGE STATUS REQUEST

News

Three ceramic sectors submit qualitative assessment applications to be considered under the carbon leakage list for the EU Emission Trading System phase 4 (2021-2030).
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Cerame-Unie
14 August 2018

CERAME-UNIE SEEKS AN INTERN IN CLIMATE AND ENERGY POLICY

News

6 month paid internship in European Public Affairs with a focus on climate and energy policy. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 27 August 2018.
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Emissions Trading System
16 July 2018

JOINT PRESS RELEASE ON EU ETS POST-2020

Press release

Recent EU level negotiations concerning the application of the Emissions Trading System after 2020 jeopardise the activity and competitiveness of upstream industries such as mining, carbon and graphite, and refractories.
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Sustainable buildings
13 July 2018

EUROPEAN WATER LABEL - PRESS RELEASE

Press release

The European Bathroom Forum is pleased to announce closer progress towards 80% brand coverage for the European Water Label initiative.
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Chemicals
2 July 2018

EPCF LUNCH ON FOOD CONTACT MATERIALS

Meeting

On 26 June, the EPCF Informal Lunch Debate on the revision of the Directive (EC) 84/500/EEC, "the Ceramic Directive".
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Industrial policy
2 July 2018

INDUSTRY4EUROPE - JOINT PAPER ON A GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

Publication

Together with 132 European industry associations, Cerame-Unie has signed the Industry4Europe Joint Paper on Governance for an ambitious EU industrial strategy.
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Cerame-Unie
29 June 2018

CERAME-UNIE SEEKS AN INTERN IN TRADE POLICY

Document

6 month paid internship in European Public Affairs with a focus on trade policy. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 15 July 2018.
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Sectors
25 June 2018

EUROPEAN ROOF TILES AND BRICK EXECUTIVES ATTEND THE 2018 TBE CONGRESS

Event

The 2018 TBE Congress took place on 21-22 June in Gdańsk, Poland, hosted by the Employers Association of Building Ceramics and TBE. It gathered around 100 executives from tiles and bricks companies and national associations from all over Europe.
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Sectors
18 June 2018

CERAMIC TILES EXECUTIVES ATTEND THE CET CONGRESS 2018 IN KRAKOW

Event

The 2018 CET Congress took place on 14-16 June in Krakow, Poland, hosted by the Polish Ceramic Association. It gathered 25 executives from tiles and bricks companies and national associations from all over Europe.
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Cerame-Unie
14 June 2018

CERAME-UNIE INFOGRAPHIC VIDEO

Media

Cerame-Unie is very happy to present our infographic animated video on the European ceramics industry. The video introduces to audiences the multitude of applications and uses for ceramic products in our everyday lives, as consumers and as industry.
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REACH
12 June 2018

REACH & OSH DISCUSSION AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

News

On the 5th of June the cross industry initiative for a better regulation in chemicals management (CII) organised a European Parliament dinner debate on “enhancing synergies between REACH and OSH”.
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Trade defence
8 June 2018

MEETING THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE: A MODERN TRADE DEFENCE SYSTEM

News

Cerame-Unie welcomes the adoption of the modernisation of the EU's trade defence instruments. A robust trade defence system should ensure that free trade remains fair trade.
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Circular economy
22 May 2018

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES REVISED WASTE FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE

News

On Wednesday 18 April 2018, the European Parliament adopted four legislative proposals of the revised Waste Framework Directive. The package sets out EU waste management targets for the period until 2035.
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Sustainable buildings
15 May 2018

ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS DIRECTIVE ADOPTED

News

After approval by the European Parliament, the European Council adopted the revised Energy Performance in Buildings Directive, completing the final stage in the legislative procedure.
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Trade defence
15 May 2018

EXPIRY REVIEW OF ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES ON CERAMIC TABLEWARE AND KITCHENWARE FROM CHINA

Press release

The European Federation of Ceramic Table- and Ornamentalware welcomes the publication by the European Commission of a Notice of Initiation of the expiry review of the anti-dumping measures on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware from China.
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Chemicals
10 May 2018

CARCINOGENS & MUTAGENS (BATCH 2): VOTE AND TRILOGUE NEGOTIATIONS

News

Agreement close amongst the EU institutions on the second revision of the Carcinogens & Mutagens Directive.
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Emissions Trading System
8 May 2018

PRELIMINARY CARBON LEAKAGE LIST PUBLISHED

News

The European Commission today published the Preliminary Carbon Leakage List for EU ETS phase 4 (2021-2030). Some ceramic sectors are included on the list whilst some sectors are eligible for a 2nd level assessment based on qualitative criteria.
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EU funding programmes
3 May 2018

INVENTORY OF R&I PROJECTS IN THE CERAMICS INDUSTRY

Publication

The latest list of EU-financed research projects related to the ceramics industry is now available. The non-exhaustive list enumerates on-going and completed projects as of February 2018.
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Chemicals
2 May 2018

FOOD CONTACT MATERIALS MEETING WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

News

Representatives from the European ceramics industry met with officials from the European Commission to exchange on the latest review of Food Contact Materials legislation.
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EU projects
27 April 2018

HARMONI CONFERENCE

News

On 26 April, a HARMONI workshop took place. The Workshop identified common challenges and visions for those industrial sectors seeking to overcome regulatory bottlenecks and pursue breakthrough technologies.
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Chemicals
24 April 2018

CARACAL MEETING: TITANIUM DIOXIDE UPDATE

News

CARACAL technical meeting on TiO2 held 23 April in Brussels. Member States remain divided over whether TiO2 should be considered for the Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP). CU does not support moving Titanium Dioxide to be considered under ATP.
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Chemicals
20 April 2018

COAL TAR PITCH MEETING WITH ECHA

News

Eurometaux organised a technical meeting with the European Chemicals Agency to discuss authorisation applications of coal tar pitch. Refractory Products Europe, a Cerame-Unie member, was in attendance.
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Construction Products Regulation
16 April 2018

CERAMIC INDUSTRY ANSWERS THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS REGULATION

News

Cerame-Unie replied to the European Commission’s consultation on reviewing the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). Cerame-Unie highlighted that the CPR should not be repealed and that it is an essential policy for the industry.
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Sectors
6 April 2018

1ST COMMON EUROPEAN SEMINAR ON REACH – CLP – OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY

News

European Seminar on REACH – CLP – Occupational Safety - Challenges for the Refractory Industry.
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Cerame-Unie
29 March 2018

CERAME-UNIE SEEKS A OFFICE MANAGER

News

Cerame-Unie is looking for a Office Manager. The Office Manager under the supervision of the Director General will take care of office management (including finances, payroll administration, facilities, legal, IT and administration)
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Industrial policy
29 March 2018

INDUSTRY4EUROPE - JOINT PAPER ON SETTING INDICATORS

Publication

Together with 130 European industry associations, Cerame-Unie has signed the Industry4Europe Joint Paper on Setting Indicators for an ambitious EU industrial strategy.
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Sectors
22 March 2018

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MEETING FOR EUROPEAN BATHROOM FORUM

Press release

A solid, credible and industry wide acceptable European wide Water Label, which can be viewed by the European Commission as a Voluntary Agreement, is a step closer following the last European Bathroom Forum (EBF) meeting held in Frankfurt.
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Climate Change
22 March 2018

EUROPEAN COUNCIL CONCLUSIONS ON CLIMATE STRATEGY FOR THE MID-CENTURY

News

The European Council has called upon the European Commission to develop a long-term EU greenhouse gas emission reduction strategy to implement the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The strategy is expected to be finalised by 2020.
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Cerame-Unie
19 March 2018

CERAME-UNIE SEEKS A EUROPEAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS INTERN (FOCUS ON TRADE POLICY)

News

Cerame-Unie is looking for an intern in European Public Affairs (focus on trade policy). The intern will gain practical knowledge and better understanding of EU institutions and international processes while carrying out different tasks.
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Emissions Trading System
19 March 2018

REVIEWED EU ETS (PHASE 4) DIRECTIVE PUBLISHED

News

The reviewed EU ETS Directive, Directive (EU) 2018/410, was today published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Directive will provide the legal basis for the implementing legislation of phase 4 of the EU Emissions Trading System.
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Energy
8 March 2018

CERAMIC INDUSTRY PARTICIPATES IN THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION STUDY ON ENERGY PRICES AND COSTS

News

The EU ceramics industry is participating in the European Commission study on energy prices and costs for the third consecutive time. These reports are vital for energy-intensive industries such as ceramics.
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Sustainable buildings
8 March 2018

PROGRESS TOWARDS A EUROPEAN WATER LABEL

News

Continued progress on a single voluntary European Water Label covering the European sanitaryware sector, with 80% of brand coverage in reach.
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Market access
8 March 2018

FIFTH MEETING OF THE THEMATIC GROUP 5 ON "INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS"

News

The fifth meeting of thematic Group 5 on "International Competitiveness" of the construction industry explored internationalisation of SMEs, the External Investment plan, and more.
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Energy
28 February 2018

EUROPEAN COMMISSION HIGH LEVEL EXPERT GROUP ON ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES

News

The European Commission held the 3rd meeting of the High Level Expert Group on Energy Intensive Industries on 28 February, at which Cerame-Unie participated in its capacity as a member.
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EU funding programmes
21 February 2018

BOOSTING EUROPE’S FUTURE COMPETITIVENESS AS KEY PRIORITY FOR FP9

News

The 25 signatories of this Joint Declaration, are ready to strengthen our cooperation with the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Council of the European Union to define and implement an ambitious FP9.
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Cerame-Unie
13 February 2018

A.SPIRE SEEKS A PROJECT/PROGRAMME MANAGER (M/F)

News

A.SPIRE s looking for a Project/Programme Manager responsible of having an overview of SPIRE projects and SPIRE calls within H2020.
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Sustainable buildings
1 February 2018

PEF4BUILDINGS STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP

News

Second meeting of the Product Environmental Footprint 4 Buildings (PEF4BUILDINGS) Stakeholder Workshop discussed the application of the PEF method to new office builds.
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EU projects
29 January 2018

HARMONI PROJECT

News

It was in this context that the European Commission launched the HARMONI project within the framework of SPIRE in the Horizon 2020 programme.
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Construction Products Regulation
22 January 2018

CPR UPDATE

News

On 20 June 2017, the European Commission launched the public consultation “Evaluation and possible revision of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR)” to collect input from stakeholders on the future of this regulation.
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Energy
17 January 2018

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS NEGOTIATING POSITION ON CLEAN ENERGY FOR ALL EUROPEANS

News

The European Parliament has today adopted its position on three Clean Energy package dossiers: the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and the Governance of the Energy Union Regulation.
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Sectors
10 January 2018

THE WATER LABEL

News

The Water Label is a voluntary industry led Scheme. It has evolved across the European Bathroom Industry over 12 years.
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Chemicals
4 January 2018

FCM REVISION ROADMAP

News

Food contact materials (FCMs) are all materials that come into contact with food including packaging as well as every-day items such as kitchen and table ware and those used in professional food manufacturing, preparation, storage and distribution.
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Cerame-Unie
3 January 2018

STAFF CHANGES AT CERAME-UNIE

News

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Chemicals
27 December 2017

CARCINOGENS AND MUTAGENS DIRECTIVE, FIRST WAVE OF AMENDMENTS – PUBLISHED IN OFFICIAL JOURNAL

News

On 11 July 2017, the COREPER voted an agreement reached by the Council presidency, the European Commission and the European Parliament on a new Directive to protect the workers from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens in the workplace
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Trade defence
21 December 2017

NEW EU ANTI-DUMPING METHODOLOGY AND CHINA COUNTRY REPORT PUBLISHED

News

On 19 December, the European Union published in the Official Journal of the European Union the new regulation on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures.
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Origin marking
21 December 2017

MARKET SURVEILLANCE REGULATION & MUTUAL RECOGNITION REGULATION (PROPOSALS)

News

On Tuesday 19 December, the Commission released an amended proposal on market surveillance, COM(2017) 795 final , which was accompanied by a second proposal on the mutual recognition of non-harmonised products, COM(2017) 796 final .
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Environment
20 December 2017

CERAMICS BREF POSTPONED UNTIL AT LEAST 2019

News

The Ceramic BREF is an important document for the ceramic industry as it provides the legal basis for factory permits in the EU under the Industrial Emissions Directive.
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EU projects
11 December 2017

NEW EU PROJECT FOR THE CERAMIC’S INDUSTRY: ETEKINA

News

The objective of ETEKINA project is to improve the energy performance of industrial processes.
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Sectors
4 December 2017

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE WORLD CERAMIC TILES FORUM IN CHINA

Press release

The 24th World Ceramic Tiles Forum (WCTF) was hosted on 30 November and 1 December in Guangzhou, Guang-dong Province, China, by the Chinese Building Ceramics Association (CBCSA) and the Xian Yang Research & Design Institute of Ceramics (CNBM).
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Sustainable buildings
1 December 2017

EPBD UPDATES

News

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission announced the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) as part of the new set of legislation, called the Clean Energy Package for All Europeans.
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Trade defence
23 November 2017

EU MEASURES TACKLING CHINESE DUMPING OF CERAMIC TILES RENEWED AFTER EXPIRY REVIEW

Press release

The European Ceramic Tiles Manufacturers Federation (CET) welcomes today’s publication of Regulation (EU) 2017/2179 renewing EU anti-dumping measures on imports of Chinese ceramic wall & floor tiles for another period of 5 years.
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Sectors
20 November 2017

COMMISSION STUDY ASSESSES REGULATORY COSTS FOR THE EU CERAMIC INDUSTRY

Press release

A Commission study has assessed the cumulative cost of implementing regulation for the European ceramic industry.
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Climate Change
20 November 2017

COP 23: ORGANISED BY FIJI IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GERMANY

News

COP 23 takes place from 6 to 17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany and is presided by Fiji.
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Emissions Trading System
15 November 2017

EU ETS DIRECTIVE TRILOGUE NEGOTIATIONS FINALIZED

News

The European Parliament, European Commission and the Council reached an agreement on the reform of the EU ETS Directive for the period post-2020.
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Energy
14 November 2017

CALL FROM THE ALLIANCE OF ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES TO SAFEGUARD THE COMPETITIVENESS DIMENSION OF THE ENERGY UNION

Position paper

Th Energy Intensive Industries are calling for attention from decision makers on this particular dimension, especially in the context of the Clean Energy Package.
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Sectors
30 October 2017

ANALYSIS OF THE CUMULATIVE COST ASSESSMENT OF THE EU CERAMICS INDUSTRY

News

The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), in partnership with Economisti Associati and Ecorys Brussels, carried out the “Cumulative Cost Assessment (CCA) of the EU ceramics and glass industries” for the European Commission.
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Cerame-Unie
24 October 2017

FOR AN AMBITIOUS EU INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY: GOING FURTHER

Document

Cerame-Unie along with 125 European industrial associations co-signed the joint Reaction Paper “For an ambitious EU industrial strategy: going further”
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Sectors
20 October 2017

60TH INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM ON REFRACTORIES 2017

News

On 18 October, PRE attended the 60th International Colloquium on Refractories 2017in Aachen, Germany hosted by the European Centre for Refractories (ECREF) and German Refractory Industry Association (VDFFI).
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Energy
12 October 2017

CU POSITION ON THE CLEAN ENERGY FOR ALL EUROPEANS PACKAGE

Position paper

Learn more about the Ceramic industry position on the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package.
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Sectors
2 October 2017

UNITECR 2017

News

PRE attended the 15th Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories in Santiago de Chile on 26-29 September.
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Sectors
2 October 2017

2ND WORLD REFRACTORIES ASSOCIATION GENERAL ASSEMBLY

News

The Second World Refractories Association General Assembly took place on 27 September in Santiago de Chile, in the context of the UNITECR 2017.
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Sectors
29 September 2017

EUROPEAN BATHROOM FORUM - WATER LABEL GAINING MORE AND MORE SUPPORTERS

News

The European Bathroom Industry took a major step forward during the CERSAIE Ceramic Fair in Bologna Italy.
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EU funding programmes
28 September 2017

FIRST EU PROCESS INDUSTRY CONFERENCE

News

A.SPIRE is organized the first European Process Industry Conference that took place on 19th to 21st September 2017 in Brussels.
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International Trade Negotiations
25 September 2017

EU-CETA UPDATE

News

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada provisionally entered into force on 21 September 2017.
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Construction Products Regulation
14 September 2017

DELEGATED ACT – CLAY ROOF TILES – EN1304

News

The Commission delegated act on the classification of frost resistance performance for clay tiles under EN 1304 was cited on 17 August 2017.
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Sustainable buildings
13 September 2017

CERAME-UNIE POSITION ON THE REVISION OF THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS DIRECTIVE (EPBD)

Position paper

Energy efficient construction and renovation contribute to people’s well-being and productivity, and help tackling today’s challenges: they create local jobs, contribute to reducing energy poverty and to the fight against climate change.
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Sectors
11 September 2017

3RD EUROPEAN SEMINAR ON REFRACTORIES - KEY TECHNOLOGY AND ITS APPLICATIONS

News

On 5 to 7 September 2017, ECREF, the European Centre for Refractories and PRE co-organised for the 3rd time a seminar on refractories.
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Construction Products Regulation
26 July 2017

CU POSITION PAPER ON THE FUTURE OF THE CPR

Position paper

The Construction Products Regulation (CPR), which replaced the Construction Products Directive (CPD), entered into full force in July 2013.
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Sectors
25 July 2017

GUIDANCE FOR THE DOP AND CE MARKING OF SANITARY APPLIANCES

News

This guidance paper is drafted by the technical experts the European trade association for ceramic sanitary ware (FECS) chaired by the German trade association for ceramic sanitary ware (FSKI).
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EU funding programmes
19 July 2017

AN AMBITIOUS FP9 STRENGTHENING EUROPE’S INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP – JOINT DECLARATION BY INDUSTRY AND RTOS

News

Cerame-Unie, along with 24 other industry and research stakeholders, calls on the European Union to develop an ambitious successor to Horizon 2020 to support industry’s contribution to research and innovation (R&I).
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Sectors
18 July 2017

THE EUROPEAN BATHROOM FORUM PROMOTES THE CREATION OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL LABEL FOR THE BATHROOM SPACE

News

In a meeting held in Barcelona on the 11th July, the European Bathroom Forum defined the next steps to be taken in order to implement the Water Label initiative.
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Chemicals
17 July 2017

NEPSI SIGNATORIES PRESS RELEASE

News

The Council and European Parliament has reached an agreement on the first wave revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD). Both Council and Parliament are now expected to adopt the text in September 2017.
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Sustainable buildings
13 July 2017

CERAME-UNIE POSITION PAPER ON THE REVISION OF THE EPBD

News

On 30 November 2016 the European Commission published the “Clean Energy package”, a set of measures to keep the European Union competitive as the clean energy transition is changing the global energy markets.
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EU projects
13 July 2017

LIFEHEROTILE PROJECT

News

LifeHerotile is a European research project (Life programme) that will facilitate the development and implementation of energy savings approaches, through the development of roof tiles able to increase their underlay ventilation.
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Market access
13 July 2017

MARKET ACCESS AND TRADE BARRIERS

News

During the first half of the year the European Ceramic industry has faced trade barriers in some northern African countries.
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Trade defence
12 July 2017

TRIALOGUE NEGOTIATIONS ON NEW AD METHODOLOGY

News

EU ambassadors approved the Council's position on a new anti-dumping methodology regarding basic anti-dumping regulation and asked the Maltese presidency to open negotiations with the European Parliament.
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Cerame-Unie
3 July 2017

NEW STAFF AT CERAME-UNIE

News

Daniela Vigilante takes on the the Environment and Innovation Manager position and Inês Ferrão takes on the Assistant to Sectorial Projects and Administrative Support position.
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Construction Products Regulation
22 June 2017

CONSULTATION ON THE REVIEW OF THE CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS REGULATION

News

On 20 June, the European Commission launched the public consultation “Evaluation and possible revision of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR)” to collect input from stakeholders on the future of this regulation.
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Sectors
19 June 2017

2017 CET CONGRESS

News

The European Ceramic Tiles Manufacturers’ Federation (CET) held its annual congress in Còrdoba from 15 to 17 June 2017
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EU funding programmes
19 June 2017

FINANCE FOR INNOVATION: FINAL EVENT

News

The EC proposal for the EU ETS Directive review, published in July 2015, includes provisions to set up an Innovation Fund.
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Sustainable buildings
15 June 2017

CIRCULAR ECONOMY MONITORING FRAMEWORK

News

As a member of the Raw Materials Supply Group, Cerame-Unie was invited to attend a meeting with the European Commission and Eurostat on 18 May 2017.
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Cerame-Unie
12 June 2017

CU TRADE WORKING GROUP MEETING WITH DG TRADE

News

CU Trade Working Group met with DG Trade.
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Cerame-Unie
9 June 2017

A.SPIRE PUBLISHES VIEWPOINT PAPER ON FP9 “THE SPIRE PPP – CREATING A VISIBLE IMPACT ON THE EU’S COMPETITIVENESS”

News

A.SPIRE, the European Association that manages the Sustainable Process Industry Public-Private Partnership (SPIRE), has publishes its viewpoint paper on Framework Partnership Nine (FP9).
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Circular economy
8 June 2017

CIRCULAR ECONOMY INDUSTRY PLATFORM

News

On 7 June 2017, Cerame-Unie participated in Business Europe’s “High-level event on circular economy”.
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Environment
8 June 2017

ACTION PLAN FOR NATURE, PEOPLE AND THE ECONOMY

News

Cerame-Unie attended a joint European Commission and Committee of the Regions conference to launch “An Action Plan for nature, people, and the economy”
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Sectors
1 June 2017

2017 MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

News

New TBE President and new FEPF Vice-President
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Sectors
29 May 2017

LAUNCH OF THE EUROPEAN BATHROOM FORUM

News

The kick-off meeting of the European Bathroom Forum (EBF) took place on 22 May at the Cerame-Unie offices in Brussels.
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EU projects
24 May 2017

SHAREBOX PRESENTED AT 7TH IMPACT WORKSHOP ON CPPPS

News

The 7th Impact Workshop on the contractual PPPs, organised by the European Commission, took place on the 17 May 2017.
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Energy
23 May 2017

STATEMENT ON THE CLEAN ENERGY FOR ALL EUROPEANS PACKAGE

News

Statement from the Alliance of Energy Intensive industries on the Clean Energy for all Europeans package.
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EU projects
15 May 2017

DRYFICIENCY SPIRE PROJECT

News

The DryFiciency project (H2020/SPIRE) involving 3 demonstrations, including one in the bricks & roof tiles sector (Wienerberger), was presented at the DecarbHeat conference on 11/12 May.
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Emissions Trading System
8 May 2017

“NO TRADE OFF ON FAIRNESS” - FAIR EU ETS ALLIANCE RECOMMENDATIONS

News

The Alliance of 17 energy intensive sectors published its recommendations entitled: “No trade off on Fairness”.
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EU projects
1 May 2017

HARMONI

News

In April 2017, the HARMONI project was notified that it would receive funding from the European Union.
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Sectors
25 April 2017

EUROPEAN WATER LABEL AT ISH FRANKFURT 2017

News

The European Water Label (EWL) was present at ISH Frankfurt on 14-17 March 2017,
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Cerame-Unie
20 April 2017

CU BOARD OF PRESIDENTS MEETING WITH DEPUTY DIRECTORS GENERAL OF DG GROW & DG TRADE

News

On the occasion of the Board of Presidents meeting in Brussels of 19 April, CU President and Presi-dents of PRE, TBE and FEPF met Deputy Director of DG Trade Joost Korte on 20 April.
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Sustainable buildings
28 March 2017

WATER FOR LIFE MAGAZINE

Publication

The European Water Label (EWL), is a simple and voluntary scheme that measures the water consumption of bathroom products.
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Cerame-Unie
15 March 2017

CERAME-UNIE SEEKS AN ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

News

Position with a permanent contract and an attractive benefits package. This full-time position is available starting from 15 April 2017. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 27 March 2017.
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Energy
9 March 2017

EC STUDY ON ENERGY PRICES AND COSTS IN THE CERAMIC INDUSTRY

News

On Wed, March 8th Cerame-Unie hosted a workshop on “Energy prices and costs in the ceramic industry”.
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Trade defence
1 March 2017

INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING ON EU TRADE DEFENCE INSTRUMENTS

News

Renaud Batier, DG of Cerame-Unie spoke as Vice-Chair of AEGIS Europe in the second panel of the International Trade Committee public hearing on EU Trade Defence Instruments.
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International Trade Negotiations
15 February 2017

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES CETA

News

After a debate in the Strasbourg Plenary the European Parliament voted in favour of CETA agreement with 408 positive votes, 254 objections and 33 abstentions.
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Chemicals
9 February 2017

CERAME-UNIE POSITION ON CMD

News

Ahead of the vote in the EP Employment and Social Affairs Committee on the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive, scheduled for 28 February, the European ceramic industry has prepared its position position on the amendments tabled.
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Emissions Trading System
7 February 2017

ENERGY-INTENSIVE SECTORS CALL ON MEPS TO REJECT ANY "TIERED APPROACH"

Publication

the signatories of this paper, are under direct impact of the EU ETS and are recognized as exposed to carbon, investment and employment leakage.
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Cerame-Unie
17 January 2017

CERAME-UNIE SEEKS A ENVIRONMENT AND INNOVATION MANAGER

News

Position with a permanent contract and an attractive benefits package. This full-time position is available starting from 1 March 2017. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 8 February 2017.
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Trade defence
12 January 2017

MES CHINA ACTION GROUP DEBATE ON TDI

News

Cerame-Unie attended the MES China Action Group debate of the European Parliament.
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Sustainable buildings
10 January 2017

EUROPEAN WATER LABEL UPDATE

News

The European Water Label (EWL) is growing and gaining visibility through Europe. Currently, the EWL has 115 brands and more than 10,000 products registered onto the scheme.
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Circular economy
10 January 2017

CERAME-UNIE POSITION PAPER ON WASTE

Position paper

The European Commission published the new circular economy package to shift from a linear to a more circular economy.
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Sectors
2 January 2017

2017 MEMBERSHIP UPDATES

News

Every January brings about changes to Cerame-Unie's membership. In 2017, a new presidents and a national association join the umbrella association
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Emissions Trading System
22 December 2016

POST 2020 EU ETS REVIEW – NEGOTIATIONS STATE OF PLAY

News

The negotiations on the post 2020 EU ETS directive review progressed significantly in the last month, however are still far from finalization.
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Chemicals
20 December 2016

CERAMIC BREF REVISION

News

The official start of the revision of the Ceramic BREF has been further postponed by at least half a year to 2018.
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EU projects
15 December 2016

INSYSME PROJECT - ADVANCEMENT FROM ITALY

News

The INSYSME Project will come to its end during December. The sixteen partners have developed ten innovative systems for masonry infill walls.
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EU projects
15 December 2016

LIFE HEROTILE: TWO MOCKUPS IN ITALY AND ISRAEL

News

Life HEROTILE project (LIFE14CCA/IT/000939) ongoing activities: two mockups were been installed, buildings with test roofs, to compare performances of the new Marsellaise and Portuguese tiles with the standard ones.
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Climate Change
14 December 2016

COP22: AN ACTION AND IMPLEMENTATION COP

News

COP22 took place from 7 to 18 November in Marrakech. It aimed to demonstrate that commitments made in Paris are being implemented, and to act as a catalyst for further action.
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Market access
14 December 2016

COMPETITIVENESS OF THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR CONFERENCE

News

Cerame-Unie took part in the fourth Thematic Group 5 "International Competitiveness" meeting of the Commission's "Construction 2020" Action Plan.
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International Trade Negotiations
13 December 2016

FTAS UPDATE

News

Cerame-Unie is following the progress of CETA and other FTAs. The vote on CETA in the European Parliament has been postponed to February, which will be the last month for the EU to notify Canada of its will to apply the agreement provisionally.
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Chemicals
12 December 2016

CARCINOGENS AND MUTAGENS DIRECTIVE DEBATED IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

News

EP rapporteur Ulvskog presented her draft report on the revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive on 8 December.
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Market access
9 December 2016

CHINA WTO MARKET ECONOMY STATUS: WHAT CHANGES AFTER 11 DECEMBER? NOTHING.

Press release

The anti-dumping instruments used by the EU and other major WTO trading partners, such as the United States and Japan, will remain unchanged after a minor element in a single section of China's WTO Accession Protocol[1] expires on 11 December 2016.
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International Trade Negotiations
6 December 2016

TRACEABILITY TO COMBAT COUNTERFEITING AND ILLICIT TRADE

News

On Tuesday 6 December, Cerame-Unie attended the event organised by EurActiv on how to enhance traceability to combat counterfeiting and illicit trade.
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Trade defence
9 November 2016

NEW COMMISSION ANTI-DUMPING PROPOSAL UNDERMINES LEGAL CERTAINTY IN EU TRADE DEFENCE POLICY

News

Following the publication of the European Commission’s changes to the EU anti-dumping legislation - designed to render China’s demand for Market Economy Status ‘irrelevant’.
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Emissions Trading System
1 November 2016

ETS POST 2020 – FIT FOR SMES?

News

On October 24th, Magdalena Vallebona Cerame-Unie Climate & Energy Manager presented the European ceramic industry perspective on the topic of EU ETS review at the EPP SMEs Circle
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Chemicals
31 October 2016

FEPF ATTENDED THE SIXTH JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE (JRC) WORKSHOP ON CERAMICS

News

FEPF, the Cerame-Unie member association representing the European ceramic table- and ornamentalware, attended the sixth Joint Research Centre (JRC) workshop on ceramics on 25 October 2016 in Ispra, Italy.
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Environment
29 October 2016

FOOD CONTACT MATERIALS

News

FEPF, the Cerame-Unie member association representing the European ceramic table- and ornamentalware, attended the sixth Joint Research Centre (JRC) workshop on ceramics on 25 October 2016 in Ispra, Italy.
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Trade defence
27 October 2016

EU FILES WTO PANEL REQUEST AGAINST CHINESE EXPORT RESTRICTIONS ON RAW MATERIALS

News

On 26 October, the European Union has requested that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) establish a dispute settlement panel to examine Chinese export restrictions on 12 raw materials, including magnesia.
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Construction
15 October 2016

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR CERAMIC SANITARYWARE APPLIANCES

News

The European Federation of Manufacturers of ceramic sanitaryware (FECS) organised two technical workshops in March and April to present the new sustainability assessment standard for ceramic sanitaryware appliances (EN16578).
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Emissions Trading System
14 October 2016

INVESTMENT LEAKAGE – NOT A MYTH

News

“Level playing field in ETS rules is necessary for new investments in Europe” – said ceramic industry representative, Johan Van der Biest at a high-level conference on ETS review post 2020 and on risk of investment leakage in Europe.
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Sustainable buildings
7 October 2016

RESOURCE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS STUDY

News

In the context of the European Commission study for the development of common EU indicators for the environmental performance of buildings, the Commission launched a public consultation on the first draft indicators proposals.
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REACH
6 October 2016

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON REACH AUTORISATION PROPOSALS

News

Cerame-Unie/PRE replied to the public consultation launched by the European Commission (EC) in September, regarding the proposal to amend the REACH Annex XIV authorisation list.
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EU funding programmes
6 October 2016

EC ORGANISES INFO DAYS ON PPPS

News

On 14 October, Cerame-Unie attended the EC info day on the research PPPs.
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EU funding programmes
5 October 2016

EC FUNDS DREAM PROJECT TO IMPROVE CERAMIC KILNS

News

In 2016, the European Commission has funded the DREAM project, under the SPIRE 2016 calls on the retrofitting of new and existing installations.
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Emissions Trading System
27 September 2016

ETS REFORM: 15 ASSOCIATIONS ASK YOU NOT TO SUPPORT TIERING

Publication

Cerame-Unie, together with several other energy-intensive industries are under direct impact of the EU ETS, published a message to MEPs and politicians against the “tiered approach” to free allocation.
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Trade defence
14 September 2016

EXPIRY REVIEW OF ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES ON CERAMIC TILES FROM CHINA

News

The European Commission published yesterday the Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures on imports of ceramic tiles from China.
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Cerame-Unie
2 September 2016

MEP MORIN-CHARTIER VISITS FRENCH ROOF TILES COMPANY

News

On 27 May 2016, French MEP Elisabeth Morin-Chartier met with Cerame-Unie and the French Federation of Roof Tiles and Bricks member Terreal in Roumazières-Loubert, France.
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Cerame-Unie
1 September 2016

NEW STAFF JOINS CERAME-UNIE

News

Mayssa Vande Vyvre takes on the Communication and Events Officer position and Charlotte Beaudry joins the team as the intern in trade for the next 6 months.
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Sectors
1 September 2016

PRE CONGRESS 2016 IN KRAKOW, POLAND

News

The 63rd PRE congress took place in Krakow, Poland and was attended by over 80 participants from 13 European countries.
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Sectors
1 September 2016

WRA BOARD MEETS IN LONDON

News

The Board meeting of the World Refractories Association (WRA), held in April in London, brought together 14 CEOs and Association Presidents from 5 different continents.
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Emissions Trading System
1 September 2016

POST 2020 EU ETS REVIEW – NEGOTIATIONS

News

Debate on the post 2020 EU ETS directive revision is moving on in the European Institutions. In the European Parliament both Environment (lead) and Industry Committees held first exchange of views on the draft reports.
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Construction Products Regulation
1 September 2016

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CPR

News

In July, the European Commission published a report on the implementation of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).
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Sustainable buildings
1 September 2016

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR CERAMIC SANITARYWARE APPLIANCES

News

The European Federation of Manufacturers of ceramic sanitaryware (FECS) organised two technical workshops in March and April to present the new sustainability assessment standard for ceramic sanitaryware appliances (EN16578).
Read more
Circular economy
1 September 2016

CIRCULAR ECONOMY: NEEIP FORUM AND WASTE DIRECTIVE PROPOSAL

News

On 20 April, the European Non-Energy Extractive Industries (NEEIP) organised the 2016 Forum on the circular economy.
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Chemicals
1 September 2016

NEPSI CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY

News

The conference celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the NEPSI Agreement took place on 16 June. This event took place in the light of the recently proposed revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD).
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Chemicals
1 September 2016

POSSIBLE HARMONIZED CLASSIFICATION OF TIO2

News

On 31 May, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) has submitted a proposal to ECHA for a harmonised classification of Titanium Dioxide
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Chemicals
1 September 2016

PRE ACTIVITIES ON COAL TAR PITCH, HIGH TEMPERATURE

News

The substance Coal Tar Pitch High Temperature (CTPHT) was recommended in September 2014 for inclusion in the Annex XIV of Reach, the so-called Authorisation List. It was followed by a public consultation to which PRE replied.
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Environment
1 September 2016

CERAME-UNIE PREPARES FOR CERAMICS BREF REVISION

News

The current Ceramic Manufacturing Industry Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference document, the so-called Ceramic BREF, was published in 2007 and is going to be reviewed officially in 2017.
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EU funding programmes
1 September 2016

CERAME-UNIE PARTICIPATES TO A.SPIRE ACTIVITIES

News

The A.SPIRE General Assembly on 17 February, which CU attended, addressed developments in the SPIRE PPP and projects as well as the priorities and expectations for 2016.
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EU projects
1 September 2016

MATCH RESEARCH PROJECT

News

In January, CU was invited to provide its expertise at a workshop organised by Alliance for Materials (A4M) as part of the MATCH project.
Read more
International Trade Negotiations
1 September 2016

CERAME-UNIE REPLIES TO PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS ON EU FTAS

News

Cerame-Unie replied to EC survey on EU FTA negotiations with Turkey, Australia and & NZ in early June.
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Cerame-Unie
29 August 2016

CUMULATIVE COSTS ASSESSMENT (CCA)

News

The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), in partnership with Economisti Associati and Ecorys Brussels, is carrying out the “Cumulative Cost Assessment (CCA) of the EU ceramics and glass industries” for the European Commission.
Read more
Sectors
29 August 2016

CUMULATIVE COSTS ASSESSMENT (CCA)

News

The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), in partnership with Economisti Associati and Ecorys Brussels, is carrying out the “Cumulative Cost Assessment (CCA) of the EU ceramics and glass industries” for the European Commission.
Read more
Circular economy
11 August 2016

CIRCULAR ECONOMY UPDATE

News

In June, the MEP rapporteur Simona Bonafe from the European Parliament ENVI Committee published the draft report on the waste framework directive and landfill of waste.
Read more
Market access
21 July 2016

GRANTING MES TO CHINA WOULD ENDANGER THE FUTURE OF EU CERAMIC INDUSTRY

Press release

Cerame-Unie supports AEGIS Europe, an alliance grouping nearly 30 European industry associations, stating that the College of European Commissioners should not grant Market Economy Status (MES) to China.
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Market access
19 July 2016

EU LAUNCHED A THIRD CASE AGAINST CHINA'S RESTRICTIONS ON EXPORT OF RAW MATERIALS ESSENTIAL FOR EUROPEAN INDUSTRIES

News

Cerame-Unie reads today with interest the launch of a third case against China's restrictions on export of raw materials essential for European industries.
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Market access
11 July 2016

EUROPEAN INDUSTRY CALLS ON EU TO PROVE ITS BACKBONE TOWARDS CHINA

News

Ahead of the EU China Summit in Beijing on 12-13 July, AEGIS Europe, organized a press briefing with European manufacturers in Brussels, to discuss the granting of Market Economy Status (MES) to China by the EU.
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Sectors
28 June 2016

CET CONGRESS IN HAMBURG

News

This year’s CET Congress was held on 16-18 June in Hamburg, kindly hosted by the German Ceramic Tiles Association.
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Cerame-Unie
22 June 2016

UK CERAMIC JOBS BETTER PROMOTED INSIDE THAN OUTSIDE THE EU!

Press release

22 June 2016, Brussels – Whether at EU level or UK level, the Ceramic Industry is an export champion in need of a strong and proactive trade policy to promote market access while ensuring protection against unfair trade practices.
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Energy
22 June 2016

HIGH LEVEL EXPERT GROUP ON ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES

News

On 20 June, Cerame-Unie attended the 2nd meeting of the High Level Expert Group on Energy Intensive Industries.
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Chemicals
13 May 2016

RESPIRABLE CRYSTALLINE SILICA PROPOSED TO AMEND ANNEX OF CMD

News

The European Commission adopted a proposal to amend Directive 2004/37 on the protection of workers from the risk related to exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work (CMD). Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) is one of the substances proposed.
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Trade defence
12 May 2016

KEY VOTE IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AGAINST MES FOR CHINA

News

With an overwhelming majority of 83%, on 12 May the European Parliament passed a Resolution against dumping and the granting of market economy status (MES) to China.
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Construction
11 May 2016

FECS & CEIR JOINT STATEMENT ON BIM

Position paper

CEIR and FECS identified that manufacturers must play a pivotal role in the ongoing development of an acceptable cross-country harmonised Building Information Modeling (BIM) system and therefore agreed to work together to achieve this goal.
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REACH
9 May 2016

CROSS-INDUSTRY GROUP LAUNCHES WEBSITE IN SUPPORT OF BETTER REGULATION INITIATIVE FOR CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT

News

The Cross-Industry Initiative (CII), an ad-hoc coalition of nearly 60 EU-wide, national organisations and companies, of which Cerame-Unie is part, has launched a new website to better inform policy makers of its goals and arguments.
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International Trade Negotiations
4 May 2016

EPP HEARING ON ENVIRONMENTAL GOODS AGREEMENT

News

On 4 May CU attended the EPP hearing on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) at the European Parliament, at which EU Trade Commissioner Malmström gave the keynote address.
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Cerame-Unie
2 May 2016

EXPANDED CLAY JOINS CERAME-UNIE AS TENTH CERAMIC SECTOR

Press release

Today the European expanded clay association (EXCA) joins Cerame-Unie as its newest member and tenth sector. This addition further unites the European ceramic industry under the umbrella association Cerame-Unie.
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International Trade Negotiations
30 April 2016

CERAMIC INDUSTRY REPLY TO PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON EU-PHILIPPINES FTA

News

On 30 April Cerame-Unie replied to the European Commission public consultation on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the Philippines. The first round of negotiations will be held in Brussels on 23-27 May.
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Cerame-Unie
29 April 2016

INFOGRAPHIC - ABOUT CERAME-UNIE

Publication

Cerame-Unie is the industry association representing the European ceramic industry structured in ten sectors.
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Cerame-Unie
29 April 2016

2015 ANNUAL REPORT

Publication

As well as production and trade statistics, this edition of our Annual Report contains an update on CU communications and covers all major achievements per policy area.
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Emissions Trading System
28 April 2016

ECJ RULING ON CROSS-SECTORAL CORRECTION FACTOR

News

On 28 April the European Court of Justice declared invalid the maximum annual amount of free allowances for GHG determined by the Commission for the period 2013-2020.
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Emissions Trading System
19 April 2016

ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES REACT TO TIERED APPROACH TO CARBON LEAKAGE PROTECTION

Position paper

15 energy intensive industries publish a paper expressing concerns regarding the so-called “tiered approach” to carbon leakage protection under the EU ETS. The tiered approach would reserve free allowances for some sectors at the expense of others.
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International Trade Negotiations
14 April 2016

CERAME-UNIE POSITION ON ENVIRONMENTAL GOODS AGREEMENT

Position paper

Ahead of the next round of negotiations, Cerame-Unie published a position paper in support of the EU’s ambition to protect the environment and mitigate climate change, but also underlining the European ceramic industry's concerns regarding the EGA.
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Cerame-Unie
13 April 2016

CERAME-UNIE SEEKS COMMUNICATIONS & EVENTS OFFICER

News

An entry-level position with a permanent contract and an attractive benefits package. This full-time position is available starting from 17 May 2016. Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter by 27 April.
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Emissions Trading System
13 April 2016

CERAME-UNIE STATEMENT AGAINST TIERING OF THE EU ETS CARBON LEAKAGE LIST

Position paper

The European ceramic industry is gravely concerned about the proposed “tiered” approach as recently presented in a joint France-UK non-paper. In response, Cerame-Unie has published a statement highlighting the risks of pursuing a tiered approach.
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Construction
11 April 2016

WHAT IS BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING (BIM)?

News

The latest buzzword, fad or serious issue, depending on your viewpoint in the construction sector is Building Information Modelling (BIM). Just what BIM is and what it means to manufacturers is anything but clear.
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International Trade Negotiations
8 April 2016

EU FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS - 2016 Q2 UPDATE

News

Cerame-Unie attended BUSINESSEUROPE’s FTAs working group meeting and had the opportunity to exchange views with the European Commission on the state of play and future developments of the negotiations of the EU agreements.
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Chemicals
4 April 2016

NEPSI 2016 REPORTING EXERCISE CONCLUDED

News

The 2016 NEPSI reporting exercise started on 15 January 2016 and closed on 4 April 2016.
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Market access
17 March 2016

EGYPT DECREE REQUIRES REGISTRATION OF ALL EXPORTERS

News

On 21 December 2015 Egypt approved Decree 992/2015 that requires all exporters to be registered on a registry managed by the GOEIC, dependent of the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry.
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Market access
10 March 2016

TRIALOGUE NEGOTIATIONS STARTED ON CONFLICT MINERALS

News

Trialogue negotiations on a Union system for responsible sourcing of minerals started in early February following a difficult adoption of the Council mandate by the EU Member States.
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Cerame-Unie
4 March 2016

MEP BELDER VISITS DUTCH BRICK PLANT

News

On 4 March, MEP Bas Belder (Netherlands, ECR) met the Royal Dutch Association for Building Ceramics (KNB) and visited brick manufacturer Rodruza De Zandberg in Gendt.
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Climate Change
4 March 2016

EU ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL FOLLOWS UP ON COP 21

News

On 4 March the EU Environment Council met in Brussels to debate the follow up of the Paris agreement.
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Cerame-Unie
29 February 2016

REPORT - 16TH EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT CERAMICS FORUM

Publication

We are pleased to announce the publication of the report of the 16th European Parliament Ceramics Forum (EPCF) Plenary, held on 1 December 2015 in Brussels.
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Emissions Trading System
29 February 2016

EU COMPETITIVENESS COUNCIL CONCLUSIONS

News

In its conclusions from 29 February, the EU Competitiveness Council took note of the messages from the Conference on Energy-intensive Industries on 15 February.
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Emissions Trading System
18 February 2016

ENVI COMMITTEE HEARING ON ETS REFORM

News

The European Parliament's ENVI Committee met on 18 February to discuss the EU’s post-2020 ETS reform proposal.
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Trade defence
15 February 2016

CHINA'S MES HIGH ON AGENDA OF EU INSTITUTIONS AND INDUSTRY

News

The debate on the market economy status of China continues to heat up. As EU institutions continue to debate the issue, over 5,000 workers descend upon Brussels to protest Chinese dumping and MES.
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Cerame-Unie
10 February 2016

MEP PROUST VISITS FRENCH ROOF TILES COMPANY

News

On 10 February 2016, French MEP Franck Proust met with Cerame-Unie and the French Federation of Roof Tiles & Bricks member Terreal in Ségala, France.
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International Trade Negotiations
1 February 2016

GREEN GOODS NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE IN 2016

News

On 1 February Cerame-Unie attended the Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) stakeholder meeting that reported on state of play of EGA negotiations. The EC confirmed that the EGA negotiations will continue throughout 2016.
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Energy
28 January 2016

CERAME-UNIE RESPONDS TO PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS ON EED

Document

The ceramic industry replied to the public consultations on the post 2020 Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) which is expected to be reviewed within the framework of Energy Union.
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REACH
26 January 2016

REACH AUTHORISATION ANNEX XIV - PROCESS ONGOING

News

Discussions on the possible inclusion of Refractory Ceramic Fibres, Borates and Coal tar pitch, high temperature in the REACH Authorisation list (Annex XIV) are ongoing.
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Emissions Trading System
25 January 2016

EU ETS DIRECTIVE REVIEW IMPACTS CERAMIC INDUSTRY

News

The impact of the EU ETS Directive review plays a crucial role in ceramic sectors’ recovery from the crisis, which hit Europe in 2008. Ceramic industry representatives highlighted their concerns during MEP Ian Duncan's visit to a UK-based brickwork.
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Market access
25 January 2016

TURKEY TERMINATES SAFEGUARD INVESTIGATION ON EU TABLEWARE IMPORTS

News

Turkey terminated the safeguard investigation on ceramic table- and kitchenware and no safeguard measures were imposed on imports of this product to Turkey from Europe.
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EU funding programmes
22 January 2016

HORIZON 2020 PROJECT MATCH ORGANISES WORKSHOP

News

CU was invited to provide its expertise at a workshop organised by Alliance for Materials (A4M) as part of the MATCH project. MATCH is a Horizon 2020 project that started in January 2015 and will continue for 30 months until June 2017.
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EU funding programmes
21 January 2016

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES UNDER H2020 CALLS FOR 2016

News

Late 2015 was a key period for research opportunities. The European Commission organised InfoDays linked to the Horizon 2020 calls, on PPPs in October and on energy efficiency in December.
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Energy
19 January 2016

DG GROW LAUNCHES A NEW STUDY ON ENERGY PRICES AND COSTS

News

The European Commission decided to extend its analysis and produce a follow up review of the energy prices and costs study published in January 2014. As in the previous edition, two ceramic sectors were selected to participate.
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Sustainable buildings
18 January 2016

EU WATER LABEL CONTINUES TO EXPAND REACH

News

The EU Water Label is a voluntary and flexible scheme supported by Cerame-Unie sanitaryware member FECS to educate the end user on water and energy use.
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Chemicals
15 January 2016

NEPSI 2016 REPORTING EXERCISE STARTS UP

News

NEPSI, the European Network for Silica, was formed in 2006 to implement good practices with respect to the handling of crystalline silica sand on a voluntary basis. The 2016 reporting exercise will start on 15 January and end on 15 March.
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Trade defence
14 January 2016

CERAME-UNIE COMMENTS ON KEY DEBATE IN EUROPEAN COMMISSION ON MES OF CHINA

News

The College of Commissioners held an ‘orientation debate’ on the market economy status (MES) of China on 13 January. Cerame-Unie shares its views.
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Trade defence
8 January 2016

LETTER TO PRESIDENT JUNCKER AHEAD OF ORIENTATION DEBATE ON 13 JANUARY

Publication

Presidents of European industry associations sent a letter to President Juncker ahead of the College of Commissioners' orientation debate on the market economy status (MES) of China on 13 January.
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Cerame-Unie
6 January 2016

NEW STAFF JOINS CERAME-UNIE RANKS

News

Stéphane Noël takes on the Environmental and Technical dossiers while Astrid Volckaert is on maternity leave and Camille Maury is Cerame-Unie's new European Affairs Manager.
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Sectors
4 January 2016

2016 MEMBERSHIP UPDATES

News

In the second half of 2015, Cerame-Unie's membership gained two new presidents and two national associations.
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International Trade Negotiations
4 January 2016

EU FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS - STATE OF PLAY EARLY 2016

News

The EU is currently exploring, negotiating or applying a number of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). This is an update on the state of play in early 2016.
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Cerame-Unie
31 December 2015

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM CERAME-UNIE 2016

News

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Emissions Trading System
22 December 2015

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON AUCTIONING REGULATION

News

The European Commission launched a public consultation on the functioning of the Auctioning Regulation pursuant to the scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowances trading (EU ETS).
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Sustainable buildings
22 December 2015

MACRO-OBJECTIVES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS

Publication

In December 2015, JRC published a working paper that focuses on the identification of macro-objectives for the environmental performance of buildings.
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Cerame-Unie
18 December 2015

EU POLICYMAKERS ADDRESS IMPLEMENTATION OF NATURA 2000

News

EU officials in the European Parliament discuss the interpretation and implementation of Natura 2000 with the Dutch brick industry.
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Energy
18 December 2015

FIRST FORMAL MEETING OF HLG ON ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES

News

The Commission hosted the High Level Expert Group (HLG) on Energy Intensive Industries on 18 December 2015. The HLG is now composed of 17 Member States representatives and 10 industry associations.
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Environment
16 December 2015

AIR POLICY DISCUSSIONS IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

News

In recent months, discussions progressed in the European Parliament on the Medium Combustion plants Directive (MCPD) and the Reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants (NECD).
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Energy
15 December 2015

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON ENERGY UNION

News

On 15 December 2015 the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution entitled “Towards a European Energy Union”.
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Environment
15 December 2015

CU TASK FORCE AHEAD OF CERAMIC BREF REVISION

News

The European Commission is expected to start revising the Ceramic BREF in 2017. In order to prepare for the revision, Cerame-Unie set up a Task Force composed of BREF experts from all ceramic sectors.
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Climate Change
14 December 2015

GLOBAL CLIMATE DEAL SUCCESSFULLY STRUCK IN PARIS

News

On 12 December a global climate agreement was reached at COP 21 in Paris. The ceramic industry has been actively contributing to the achievement of global climate goals.
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Trade defence
14 December 2015

DISCUSSION ON CHINA'S MARKET ECONOMY STATUS GAINS MOMENTUM

News

The discussion on China’s Market Economy Status (MES) has recently gained momentum in the EU institutions. It is now being addressed by EU institutions and stakeholders alike.
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Sustainable buildings
10 December 2015

CPE WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATIONS

News

Construction Products Europe held a workshop to discuss the current situation of Environmental Product Declarations, bringing together over 60 experts in the field of Life Cycle Assessment and environmental assessment of buildings/products.
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Cerame-Unie
4 December 2015

MEP DALTON CALLS FOR EQUAL TREATMENT OF ALL ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES

News

In a BBC Radio Stoke interview, MEP Dan Dalton called for equal carbon leakage protection for all energy intensive industries, including ceramics, under the review of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme post 2020.
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Cerame-Unie
3 December 2015

MEP GIESEKE VISITS GERMAN FACING BRICK COMPANY

News

On 3 December 2015 German MEP Jens Gieseke visited the facing brick company Olfry in northern Germany. He took a tour of the brickworks with Udo von Frydag, the company’s owner, and Martin Roth, German TBE member.
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Circular economy
2 December 2015

COMMISSION ADOPTS NEW CIRCULAR ECONOMY PACKAGE

News

On 2 December the European Commission (EC) adopted the Circular Economy Package that includes revised legislative proposals on waste to shift from a linear to a circular economy.
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International Trade Negotiations
18 November 2015

EU AND MERCOSUR PLAN TO RESTART NEGOTIATIONS

News

Following nine negotiation rounds and a three-year break, the EU and Mercosur agreed to proceed with an exchange of market access offers in the final quarter of 2015.
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REACH
16 November 2015

RECOMMENDATIONS BY EU-WIDE CROSS-INDUSTRY INITIATIVE FOR BETTER REGULATION IN CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT

Position paper

This paper constitutes a revisited version of an earlier position paper, which is complemented with more comprehensive subject-specific reports. The general message transmitted by the original paper remains unchanged.
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EU projects
4 November 2015

RESTAR PROJECT CONCLUDED AFTER TWO YEARS

News

Launched in October 2013, the ReStaR project concluded after two years. This project was funded under the EU’s 7th Research Framework Programmeand involved 13 partners (RTDs and SMEs) in 7 countries.
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Climate Change
28 October 2015

ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE, FROM CITIES TO BUILDINGS

News

Construction Products Europe, of which Cerame-Unie is a member, organised a conference on 28 October in Brussels on adaptation to climate change.
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Emissions Trading System
26 October 2015

FIRST EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON EU ETS REVIEW IN COUNCIL

News

The Environment Council held a first exchange of views on EU ETS Directive revision for the post-2020 period. The debate focused on the distribution key for the shrinking amount of free allowances.
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Construction Products Regulation
26 October 2015

CEN WORKSHOP ON HARMONIZED STANDARDS FOR CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS

News

On 26 October CEN-CENELEC organised the interactive workshop, Harmonized standards for construction products: Where are we going?. The workshop addressed the way forward for standardisation under the framework of the Construction Products Regulation.
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Market access
20 October 2015

COMMISSIONER MALMSTRÖM PRESENTS EU TRADE STRATEGY

News

The Commission published a new trade and investment strategy for the EU which Commissioner Malmström presented at DG Trade’s Civil Society Dialogue meeting on 20 October.
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Emissions Trading System
15 October 2015

CERAMIC INDUSTRY POSITION ON POST-2020 EU ETS REVIEW

Position paper

On 15 July 2015 the European Commission presented their legislative proposal for revision of the EU ETS Directive. The ceramic industry maintains that post-2020 carbon leakage mitigation must be in line with the adopted level of climate ambition.
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Chemicals
12 October 2015

FIFTH JRC WORKSHOP IN ISPRA, ITALY

News

FEPF, the Cerame-Unie member association representing the European ceramic table- and ornamentalware, attended the fifth Joint Research Centre (JRC) workshop on ceramics on 12 October in Ispra, Italy.
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Emissions Trading System
9 October 2015

MARKET STABILITY RESERVE ADOPTED IN EUROPEAN COUNCIL

News

The Market Stability Reserve (MSR), an instrument established to control the supply of allowances on the EU ETS market, was approved by the EU environment ministers in the Council on 18 September.
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Cerame-Unie
8 October 2015

CERAME-UNIE LAUNCHES ITS NEW WEBSITE

Press release

The new website is user-friendly and intuitive, with improved navigation and new functionalities. Moreover, consulting the new website on the go is smooth since it is fully responsive to mobile and tablet.
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Sectors
28 September 2015

BRICKS & TILES INDUSTRY JOINS SOCIAL HOUSING EFFORTS IN FRANCE

News

The French Federation of Roof Tiles & Bricks (FFTB) contributes to several initiatives in the construction and rehabilitation of social housing in the region of Essonne in France.
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Cerame-Unie
25 September 2015

CERAMIC EXECUTIVES MEET EUROPEAN COMMISSIONERS IN 2015

News

In 2015, European ceramic executives met with Commissioner Bieńkowska on 2 July and Commissioner Moedas on 24 September.
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Construction Products Regulation
23 September 2015

IMPLEMENTATION OF CPR - RPA FINAL REPORT

News

The conclusions and recommendations from the UK-based consultancy Risk & Policy Analysts (RPA) final report on the implementation of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) will be used as input for the European Commission’s report.
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Climate Change
18 September 2015

EU AGREES ON MANDATE FOR COP21

News

On 18 September EU environment ministers agreed on the EU mandate for global climate negotiations COP21 taking place in early December in Paris.
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Trade defence
18 September 2015

3.5 MILLION JOBS AT RISK IF EU GRANTS MES TO CHINA, FINDS NEW REPORT

Publication

A landmark study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released today reveals that if the EU grants Market Economy Status (MES) to China, the EU could lose 3.5 million jobs and 2% of GDP.
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Trade defence
17 September 2015

10 MYTHS ON THE MARKET ECONOMY STATUS OF CHINA

Publication

Industry alliance AEGIS Europe dispels 10 myths on the Market Economy Status of China.
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Construction
16 September 2015

FIRST MEETING OF CEN/TC 442 BIM

News

The first meeting of CEN/TC 442 BIM on 16 September established several working groups.
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Sectors
10 September 2015

SEMINAR ON REFRACTORIES – EXCELLENT COOPERATION BETWEEN PRE AND ECREF

News

From 8 to 10 September 2015, the international European Seminar on Refractories, entitled 'REFRACTORIES - Key Technology and its Applications', was held at the ECREF in Hoehr-Grenzhausen for the second time.
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Trade defence
10 September 2015

ECJ JUDGMENT ON PRELIMINARY RULING CASE

News

The European Court of Justice confirmed the validity of the Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 917/2011 of 12 September 2011 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of ceramic tiles from China.
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Construction Products Regulation
8 September 2015

CE MARKING ‘STEP-BY-STEP’ GUIDE

News

The European Commission (DG GROW) published a CE marking guide to help manufacturers to CE mark their products according to the requirements of the CPR.
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Circular economy
29 July 2015

CERAMIC INDUSTRY REPLY TO CIRCULAR ECONOMY CONSULTATION

News

The European Commission is working on a new and more ambitious circular economy strategy to turn Europe into a more resource-efficient economy. In this context, DG Environment launched a consultation on circular economy.
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Emissions Trading System
15 July 2015

EC PUBLISHES PROPOSAL FOR ETS REVIEW

News

On 15 July the European Commission published a proposal for a revision of the directive on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for the period after 2020 as a part of its legislative summer package.
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EU projects
2 July 2015

RESTAR - IMPROVING EUROPEAN REFRACTORY TESTING STANDARDS

News

Cerame-Unie is a dissemination partner for ReStaR, a Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project which aims to improve, promote and ensure the reliability, precision and efficiency of the current European refractory testing standards.
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Market access
2 July 2015

MIDYEAR MARKET ACCESS UPDATE 2015

News

Cerame-Unie continuously monitors market access for the European ceramic industry. This midyear market access update focuses on the EU Neighbourhood, the Middle East and South America.
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International Trade Negotiations
2 July 2015

SMES AND THE ROLE OF TTIP

News

Since early 2015 several publications and an event have highlighted the potential benefits of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US for SME-driven sectors like ceramics.
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Cerame-Unie
1 July 2015

CHANGES TO CU SECRETARIAT

News

Magdalena Vallebona joins the CU team as Climate and Energy Manager as Adolfo Aiello leaves his position as Director for Climate and Economic Affairs. CU also welcomes Flavia Russo in the newly-created position of Administrative Assistant.
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Trade defence
1 July 2015

IMPLEMENTATION OF ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES

News

Cerame-Unie closely monitors the level of implementation of anti-dumping duties on ceramic tableware and tiles.
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Sustainable buildings
30 June 2015

CONSULTATION LAUNCHED ON ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS DIRECTIVE

News

On 30 June DG Energy launched a public consultation to evaluate the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). All relevant stakeholders can reply to this consultation by 31 October 2015.
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EU funding programmes
30 June 2015

SPIRE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP UNDER HORIZON 2020

News

Cerame-Unie is a founding member of A.SPIRE aisbl, an association governing a private part of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) funded under the Horizon 2020 framework programme. Since its launch in July 2012, many activities have taken place.
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Circular economy
25 June 2015

CIRCULAR ECONOMY: VIEWS FROM 12 EU INDUSTRIES

Position paper

Ahead of the publication of the Circular Economy Action Plan, the Resource Efficiency Alliance outlined a number of key principles that are important to achieve a true circular economy, coherent with the EU industrial policy.
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Trade defence
25 June 2015

CHINA IS NOT A MARKET ECONOMY, CONFIRMS NEW IN-DEPTH STUDY

Publication

A newly published, independent study by THINK! DESK China Research & Consulting demonstrates the extent of China’s state-planned economy in unique detail. The study supports the view that China does not merit the ‘Market Economy Status’.
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Trade defence
23 June 2015

AEGIS EUROPE STATEMENT ON FAIR TRADE RULES

Position paper

Representing over 25 European industry associations, AEGIS Europe highlights the necessity to effectively address distortions from state-run or other non-market economies, which risk endangering jobs and know-how in Europe’s industrial value chain.
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EU funding programmes
10 June 2015

EEB PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP UNDER HORIZON 2020

News

EeB is a public private partnership (PPP) funded under Horizon 2020 which aims to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Cerame-Unie is a proud member of the Energy Efficient Buildings Association (E2BA) governing the private part of the PPP.
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International Trade Negotiations
3 June 2015

ENVIRONMENTAL GOODS AGREEMENT STAKEHOLDER MEETING

News

Cerame-Unie attended the Environmental Goods Agreement stakeholder meeting with DG ENVI and DG Trade on 3 June. The Green Goods Initiative aims to liberalise tariff lines on “green goods” and reduce tariffs among participating countries.
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Sectors
1 June 2015

PITCHED ROOFS: ADDING VALUE TO BUILDINGS

Publication

Cerame-Unie sector Tiles and Bricks Europe (TBE) published a brochure on how the modern and innovative character of sloping roofs can also meet high technical performances.
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Sectors
1 June 2015

CLAY MASONRY PRODUCTS: MATERIALS FOR A BETTER LIFE

Publication

Cerame-Unie sector Tiles and Bricks Europe (TBE) published a brochure on what makes clay masonry products an outstanding choice of construction material that fits perfectly into our modern times.
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Origin marking
28 May 2015

ORIGIN MARKING DISCUSSED IN COMPET COUNCIL

News

On 28 May the Competitiveness Council discussed a compromise on the mandatory origin marking provision of the Consumer Product Safety Regulation. Several Members States restated strong support for mandatory OM on five consumer goods sectors.
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Energy
27 May 2015

CREATION OF HLG ON ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES

News

The Commission recently established the High Level Expert Group on Energy Intensive Industries, composed of representatives from European institutions, industry and civil society governments. The Group will meet at least twice a year.
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Cerame-Unie
7 May 2015

2014 ANNUAL REPORT

Publication

Cerame-Unie is happy to publish its Annual Report for the year 2014. It was a busy and successful year on all fronts, as CU President Alain Delcourt and CU Secretary General Renaud Batier describe in their introductory letters.
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Emissions Trading System
17 April 2015

AEII: STRATEGIC CHOICES FOR POST-2020 ETS

Position paper

This paper contains proposals from the Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries (AEII) on carbon leakage protection, free allocation principles and competitiveness under ETS Phase IV to ensure simple, fair, predictable and effective rules.
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EU projects
24 March 2015

INSYSME - INNOVATIVE SYSTEMS FOR MASONRY ENCLOSURES

News

Cerame-Unie is a dissemination partner for INSYSME, a Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project. The INSYSME project aims at developing innovative systems for masonry enclosures.
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Construction Products Regulation
23 March 2015

CONSULTATION ON CPR IMPLEMENTATION

News

DG Growth held a consultation on the implementation of the Construction Products Regulation and organised a workshop on 23 March in Brussels to present the preliminary results.
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Sustainable buildings
11 March 2015

EU WATER LABEL PRESENT AT ISH

News

The European Water Label, a voluntary and flexible scheme to measure the water consumption of bathroom products, was promoted at ISH Frankfurt, Europe’s largest bathroom and plumbing exhibition.
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Emissions Trading System
24 February 2015

CERAMIC INDUSTRY POSITION ON POST-2020 EU ETS

Position paper

According to the 2030 climate and energy framework agreed in October 2014, sectors covered by the ETS will have to reduce their emissions by 43% compared with 2005. This represents a steep, unilateral acceleration in the level of climate ambition.
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Sustainable buildings
30 January 2015

CU REPLY TO GPP CONSULTATION

News

CU replied to the consultation on Green Public Procurement criteria for office buildings underlining the need to include durability and fire safety criteria and consider the environmental impacts generated in the use phase of a building.
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Trade defence
15 January 2015

CERAMIC TILES ANTI-DUMPING CASES AND PARTIAL INTERIM REVIEW

News

The European ceramic industry followed the partial interim review launched by the European Commission in early 2014 and most recently, the Commission’s final disclosure document.
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Sectors
1 January 2015

2015 MEMBERSHIP UPDATES

News

Every January brings about changes to Cerame-Unie's membership. In 2015, two new presidents and a national association join the umbrella association.
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Trade defence
18 December 2014

NEW INDUSTRY ALLIANCE AEGIS EUROPE FORMED

Press release

Industry alliance AEGIS Europe promotes manufacturing, investment, employment, growth and innovation in Europe. AEGIS Europe brings together over 25 associations accounting for more than €500 billion annual turnover and millions of EU jobs.
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Cerame-Unie
17 December 2014

CUMULATIVE COST ASSESSMENT FOR EU GLASS AND CERAMIC INDUSTRY

News

The European Commission’s 2015 Work Programme announced a cumulative cost assessment for the EU glass and ceramic industry. It will analyse the regulatory costs incurred by the most relevant EU legislation and policies for the industry.
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Origin marking
17 December 2014

EC TASKED WITH ORIGIN MARKING STUDY

News

The European Commission was tasked by the Council to prepare a technical study assessing the impact of origin marking and the benefits and potential costs for companies and consumers.
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Sectors
15 December 2014

A LOOK INTO THE FRENCH ASSOCIATION FOR TECHNICAL CERAMICS

News

Created in 1988, the Association of Advanced Ceramics Manufacturers (SICT) now incorporates 13 French producers of technical ceramics, compared to 10 members in 2012, and represents the interests of the whole profession at national level.
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Cerame-Unie
11 December 2014

MEPS VISIT CERAMIC PLANTS

News

MEPs from France, the Netherlands and the UK visited ceramic plants in their home countries in late 2014.
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Chemicals
10 December 2014

SCIENTIFIC WORK ONGOING ON CERAMIC FOOD CONTACT MATERIALS

News

The European Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials (EURL-FCM) organised a fourth workshop in Ispra, Italy on 10 December 2014, which was attended by a strong delegation from Cerame-Unie.
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Cerame-Unie
5 December 2014

DUTCH MEP VISITS BRICK PLANT IN THE NETHERLANDS

News

Dutch MEP Annie Schreijer-Pierik met with Cerame-Unie member KNB, the Royal Dutch Association for Building Ceramics. The meeting included a visit to a Daas Baksteen brick plant where Ms Schreijer-Pierik learned about brick production.
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Market access
19 November 2014

SME HELPDESKS STAKEHOLDER MEETING

News

Cerame-Unie attended the ASEAN, China & Mercosur SME Helpdesks Stakeholder Meeting and was pleased to hear that the most downloaded guide is the China IPR guide for European SMEs in the Ceramics industry.
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Trade defence
19 November 2014

COURT JUDGEMENT: ANTI-DUMPING TABLEWARE

Press release

The General Court dismisses the action for annulment of the anti-dumping duties on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware from China.
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Sectors
6 November 2014

GLOBAL REFRACTORY INDUSTRY UNITES UNDER WORLD REFRACTORIES ASSOCIATION

Press release

At a time when economic pressures call for stronger networks, the refractory industry is embracing increased global cooperation under the banner of the World Refractories Association (WRA).
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Sustainable buildings
30 October 2014

2014 WORLD SUSTAINBLE BUILDINGS CONFERENCE

News

CU attended the World Sustainable Buildings conference (WSB14), which took place on 28-30 October 2014 in Barcelona.
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Emissions Trading System
27 October 2014

DECISION ADOPTED ON CARBON LEAKAGE LIST 2015-2019

News

The European Commission adopted the Decision determining the list of sectors exposed to significant risk of carbon leakage under the EU Emissions Trading System for 2015-2019. All sectors represented by Cerame-Unie were included in the list.
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Emissions Trading System
24 October 2014

EUROPEAN COUNCIL AGREES ON 2030 CLIMATE AND ENERGY FRAMEWORK

News

EU Heads of State and Government meeting in Brussels on 23-24 October reached an agreement on the 2030 climate and energy framework.
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Sectors
16 October 2014

9TH CERAMITEC ROUNDTABLE ON REFRACTORIES

News

Cerame-Unie participated in the CERAMITEC Roundtable on refractories organised in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany, ahead of the CERAMITEC 2015 Fair on 20-23 October 2015.
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Market access
14 October 2014

CERAMIC CONSTRUCTION SECTORS IN EXTERNAL TRADE

News

Representing the ceramic construction sectors, Cerame-Unie presented the findings of its reply to the ECORYS consultation on increasing market access and business opportunities in select priority markets at a TG-5 meeting.
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Sectors
10 October 2014

TBE PCR GUIDANCE DOCUMENT

Document

Cerame-Unie member TBE developed the Product Category Rules (PCR) for clay bricks, blocks, roof tiles and pavers. These PCR establish a set of specific rules and guidelines for reporting the environmental performance of clay construction products.
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Circular economy
17 September 2014

RESOURCE EFFICIENCY INDICATOR: VIEWS FROM 12 INDUSTRIES

Position paper

In the context of the Commission's Circular Economy Package published in July 2014, 12 resources producing industries examine the impact of a resource productivity target based on a lead indicator reflecting Raw Material Consumption.
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Sustainable buildings
16 September 2014

FIRST EPDS GET ECO PLATFORM LABEL

News

A ceramic tiles manufacturer and a bricks and roof tiles association were among the first to receive ECO Platform Environmental Product Declarations.
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Emissions Trading System
15 September 2014

CERAME-UNIE POSITION ON POST-2020 CLIMATE AND ENERGY POLICIES

Position paper

Cerame-Unie calls on EU institutions to ensure that post-2020 climate and energy policies preserve the competitiveness of European industry to foster growth, avoid carbon and investment leakage and favour the development of breakthrough technologies.
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Sustainable buildings
8 September 2014

EC SURVEY ON MATERIALS FOR SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION

News

European Commission DG RTD launched a survey aimed at developing a research and innovation roadmap for sustainable construction materials.
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Emissions Trading System
4 September 2014

AEII: 2030 PACKAGE AND EU ETS REVIEW

Position paper

The Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries call for the 2030 climate and energy framework to guarantee predictability for industry by setting the principles for measures against carbon and investment leakage.
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Sectors
2 July 2014

REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL CODES FOR CERAMIC TILES: HS 6807 AND 6808

News

The review of HS codes for ceramic tiles promoted by the ceramic tiles industry throughout the world was recently approved by the World Customs Organisation’s (WCO) Revision Committee.
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Sustainable buildings
2 July 2014

RESOURCE EFFICIENCY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BUILDING SECTOR

News

Following the Sustainable Buildings consultation to which Cerame-Unie replied, the European Commission published a Communication on “Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the building sector” on 2 July 2014.
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Circular economy
2 July 2014

RESOURCE EFFICIENCY AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY PACKAGE

Position paper

On 2 July 2014, the European Commission published its Communication on resource efficiency, Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for Europe. In this context, Cerame-Unie presents its views on the circular economy package.
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Cerame-Unie
24 June 2014

FIRST MEETING OF CU TRADE WORKING GROUP

News

Cerame-Unie created a new Working Group on trade in early 2014. The group held its first meeting with DG Trade on 24 June 2014 and exchanged on important trade policy issues concerning the EU ceramic industry.
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Environment
16 June 2014

NO ECO-DESIGN NECESSARY FOR INDUSTRIAL FURNACES

Position paper

Cerame-Unie supports the outcome of the Consultation Forum which was held on 16 May concluding that no eco-design requirements for industrial furnaces should be developed.
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Chemicals
10 June 2014

FOOD CONTACT LEGISLATION: TECHNICAL RESEARCH ONGOING

News

The European Reference Laboratory organised a third workshop in Ispra, Italy on 10 June 2014 to discuss the ongoing laboratory tests on the migration of different metals from ceramic tableware.
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Construction Products Regulation
30 May 2014

DELEGATED ACTS FOR CPR ANNEXES III AND V PUBLISHED IN OFFICIAL JOURNAL

News

The delegated acts to modify the annex III and annex V of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) were published in the Official Journal of the EU in late May 2014.
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Cerame-Unie
30 April 2014

2013 ACTIVITY REPORT

Publication

Cerame-Unie is proud to present its Activity Report for 2013. Throughout 2013 the association has advanced its role as the voice of the ceramic industry to the EU institutions.
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Cerame-Unie
29 April 2014

MANIFESTO PRESENTED AT DUTCH ELECTION DEBATE

News

In the run-up to the European elections, KNB, the Dutch umbrella organisation for the construction ceramics industry, organised a political debate between six candidate MEPs in Velp on 29 April 2014.
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International Trade Negotiations
24 April 2014

EU-JAPAN SUMMIT: JOINT BUSINESS STATEMENT

Position paper

24 European business organisations issued a joint statement ahead of the 22nd EU-Japan Summit on 7 May 2014 in support of the ongoing free trade negotiations between the two partners.
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Trade defence
16 April 2014

EP PLENARY VOTE ON TDI MODERNISATION

News

Cerame-Unie welcomes the positive outcome for European SMEs in the European Parliament Plenary vote on 16 April on the Commission’s proposal for the modernisation of Trade Defence Instruments (TDI).
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Origin marking
15 April 2014

EP SUPPORTS CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY AND MARKET SURVEILLANCE

News

The European Parliament (EP) voted on 15 April in Strasbourg in the first reading on the Commission proposal for a package comprising a draft regulation on consumer product safety (CPSR) and market surveillance.
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Energy
9 April 2014

EC ADOPTS NEW ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY STATE AID GUIDELINES

News

The new Environmental and Energy State Aid Guidelines for the period up to 2020 promote a gradual move to market-based support for renewable energy in order to address the market distortions related to subsidies granted to renewable energy sources.
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Sustainable buildings
25 March 2014

GUIDANCE DOCUMENT FOR TBE PCR

Publication

Thanks to the technical input of its members and the support of an external consultant, Cerame-Unie member Tiles & Bricks Europe developed the Product Category Rules for clay bricks, blocks, roof tiles and pavers.
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Cerame-Unie
18 March 2014

CERAMIC INDUSTRY MANIFESTO

Publication

On the occasion of the European elections, Cerame-Unie published its Manifesto for the 2014-2019 Parliamentary mandate. The Manifesto was translated from English into French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Hungarian.
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Chemicals
14 March 2014

THIRD NEPSI REPORTING CONCLUDED

News

The third NEPSI reporting ended on 14 March 2014. The purpose of this voluntary exercise is to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to and continued improvement in dealing with respirable crystalline silica.
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Origin marking
14 March 2014

ORIGIN MARKING: A TOOL TO STRENGTHEN PRODUCT SAFETY THROUGH TRANSPARENCY AND TRACEABILITY

Position paper

Nine signatories issue a joint position paper supporting mandatory origin marking for consumer products, in the context of the proposed legislative package comprising a draft regulation on consumer product safety.
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Energy
27 February 2014

CERAME-UNIE SIGNS IFIEC EUROPE MANIFESTO ON 2030 STRATEGY

Publication

Cerame-Unie signed the IFIEC Europe Manifesto calling for the 2030 strategy to be streamlined towards growth and jobs. The Manifesto, signed by over 130 CEOs from Europe's manufacturing industry, was presented at a press conference in Brussels.
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Sustainable buildings
21 February 2014

DELEGATED ACT ON DOPS ON WEBSITES PUBLISHED IN OFFICAL JOURNAL

News

On 21 February 2014, the delegated act to supply Declaration of Performances (DoPs) on the websites of manufacturers of construction products was finally published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
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Energy
22 January 2014

2030 CLIMATE & ENERGY FRAMEWORK, INDUSTRIAL RENAISSANCE AND ENERGY PRICES

News

The European Commission presented three communications on the 2030 climate and energy framework, industrial renaissance and energy prices. The latter was accompanied by a report on energy prices and costs for energy-intensive sectors like ceramics.
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Energy
22 January 2014

EC REPORT CONFIRMS CHALLENGE OF HIGH ENERGY PRICES FOR CERAMIC INDUSTRY

Publication

Accompanying the European Commission's communications on the 2030 climate and energy framework, industrial renaissance and energy prices is a report on energy prices and costs for some energy-intensive sectors, including ceramic sectors.
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Cerame-Unie
1 January 2014

CERAME-UNIE'S MEMBERSHIP GROWS TO NINE SECTORS

News

Cerame-Unie is pleased to welcome European Enamel Authority, a European federation of national associations representing the porcelain and vitreous enamel sector, as its ninth sector.
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Sectors
1 January 2014

CET WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT, JOSE LUIS LANUZA

News

On 1 January the European Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Federation (CET) – one of Cerame-Unie’s nine ceramic sectors – welcomed Mr José Luis Lanuza as the new CET President for a 3-year mandate.
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Sustainable buildings
31 December 2013

CERAME-UNIE IS FOUNDING MEMBER OF ECO PLATFORM

News

Cerame-Unie is proud to be a founding member of the ECO Platform. The ECO Platform’s objective is to support the provision of reliable information in the form of a European-wide accepted Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).
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EU funding programmes
17 December 2013

CERAMIC COMPANIES AND RTOS PRESENT RESEARCH IDEAS AT PPP INFODAYS

News

The long awaited Horizon 2020 legislation and its work programmes for 2014 and 2015 were published in December 2013. Ceramic companies and RTOs presented their initial ideas at a SPIRE brokerage event in October and during the PPP Infodays.
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Cerame-Unie
31 October 2013

CERAMIC SITE VISIT ORGANISED IN THE UK

News

Cerame-Unie and the British Ceramic Confederation (BCC) organised a site visit for the European Commission in the frame of the discussion on the eco-design for industrial and laboratory furnaces and ovens.
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Sustainable buildings
1 October 2013

CERAMIC INDUSTRY REPLIES TO SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS CONSULTATION

News

The European Commission launched a public consultation on sustainable buildings on 9 July 2013. On behalf of all ceramic sectors, Cerame-Unie replied to the multiple choice questionnaire and stressed several key messages.
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Sectors
30 September 2013

REFRACTORY INDUSTRY PUBLISHES CARBON FOOTPRINT FOR REFRACTORY PRODUCTS

Press release

PRE, the European Refractories Producers Federation, presents the results of its product carbon footprint exercise based on data collected from 40 individual sites, i.e. over 40% of the total annual turnover represented by PRE membership.
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Origin marking
16 September 2013

OM ALLIANCE: JOINT POSITION IN SUPPORT OF ORIGIN MARKING

Position paper

Nine organisations issue a joint position in the context of the European Commission's proposed legislative package comprising a draft regulation on consumer product safety with a key provision on mandatory origin marking.
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Origin marking
28 August 2013

VIEWS ON PRODUCT SAFETY AND MARKET SURVEILLANCE PACKAGE

Position paper

The European Commission proposal for a legislative Package on Product Safety and Market Surveillance aims at harmonising the fragmented rules for market surveillance for products and ensuring better information for consumers.
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REACH
23 August 2013

COMMENTS ON REACH ANNEX XV RESTRICTION REPORT

Position paper

This position paper outlines the arguments for exempting all ceramic consumer articles from the proposed restriction in Annex XVII on lead and its compounds.
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Emissions Trading System
31 July 2013

REPLY TO PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON CARBON LEAKAGE METHODOLOGY

Document

The ceramic industry contributed to the European Commission's public consultation on the assumptions to be used for new EU ETS carbon leakage list 2015-2019.
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Energy
3 July 2013

CONSULTATION ON 2030 CLIMATE & ENERGY FRAMEWORK

Document

The European ceramic industry welcomes the launch of the debate on the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies that followed the publication of the European Commission’s green paper on this subject.
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Raw materials
28 June 2013

NON-ENERGY EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES PANEL ON RESOURCE TAXATION

Position paper

The Non-Energy Extractive Industries Panel detail that the tax on mineral resources is a non-adequate fiscal tool for increasing resource efficiency and that tax neutrality is hard to achieve at EU level yet remains a must for competitiveness.
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Trade defence
15 May 2013

ANTI-DUMPING MEASURES IMPOSED ON IMPORTS OF TABLEWARE FROM CHINA

Press release

The European Union published today a Council Regulation imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of ceramic table- and kitchenware originating in China.
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Environment
26 April 2013

12 INDUSTRIES FIND NO NEED FOR ECO-DESIGN FOR INDUSTRIAL KILNS AND FURNACES

Position paper

Custom designed industrial kilns and furnaces are already sufficiently regulated – an eco-design regulation for these installations is not needed.
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International Trade Negotiations
11 April 2013

JOINT BUSINESS STATEMENT ON EU-INDIA FTA

Position paper

15 European Business Organisations call for an enhanced engagement towards an ambitious EU-India FTA.
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Trade defence
10 April 2013

ALLIANCE VIEWS ON MODERNISATION OF TRADE DEFENCE INSTRUMENTS

Position paper

The TDI Industry Alliance expressed its position on a proposal to modernise Trade Defence Instruments in a joint letter addressed to the College of Commissioner.
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Emissions Trading System
28 March 2013

AEII COMMENTS ON THE LINKING BETWEEN EU ETS AND AUSTRALIAN ETS

Position paper

The Alliance of European Energy-Intensive Industries (AEII) welcomes the efforts recently deployed to link the EU ETS with the forthcoming Australian ETS. Climate change is a global concern which requires coordinated global action.
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Raw materials
20 March 2013

NEEIP ON PROPOSAL TO AMEND DIRECTIVE ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Position paper

The Non Energy Extractive Industry Panel (NEEIP) comments on the proposal of the Commission to amend Directive 2011/92/EU on environmental impact assessment.
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Emissions Trading System
28 February 2013

REPLY TO CONSULTATION ON STRUCTURAL OPTIONS TO STRENGTHEN EU ETS

Document

Cerame-Unie contributes key remarks to the European Commission “Consultation on structural options to strengthen the EU Emissions Trading System”.
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Emissions Trading System
18 January 2013

ALLIANCE OF ENERGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES ON EU ETS BACKLOADING

Position paper

The Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries call for the rejection of the proposal in order to avoid a further unilateral increase of direct and indirect costs for business and private energy consumers.
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Cerame-Unie
27 November 2012

CERAMIC INDUSTRY ROADMAP: PAVING THE WAY TO 2050

Publication

Cerame-Unie's Roadmap ‘Paving the Way to 2050’ is the European ceramic industry’s contribution to the European debate on a smarter, more competitive and resource-efficient future for the EU.
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Sustainable buildings
31 July 2012

EU STEPS UP SUPPORT FOR CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

News

On 31 July 2012 the European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, presented a new construction strategy that should boost growth in the near future.
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EU funding programmes
18 July 2012

CERAME-UNIE IS FOUNDING MEMBER OF A.SPIRE

Press release

A.SPIRE aisbl, which will manage and implement the proposed SPIRE Public-Private Partnership (PPP), was established as at a signing ceremony in Brussels. Cerame-Unie is proud to be a founding member of this industry association.
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Energy
9 March 2012

ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL: ROADMAP TO A COMPETITIVE LOW-CARBON ECONOMY IN 2050

News

On 9 March 2012 the Environment Council meeting debated, among other subjects, the European Commission's Roadmap to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050.
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Trade defence
15 September 2011

DEFINITIVE ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES IMPOSED ON EU IMPORTS OF CERAMIC TILES FROM CHINA

Press release

The European Union published today a Council Regulation imposing definitive antidumping duties against imports of ceramic tiles originating in China. The measures are due to enter into force on 16 September 2011 for a period of 5 years.
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Cerame-Unie
27 May 2011

CERAMICS: WHEN TRADITION BUILDS A FUTURE

Publication

Through continuous technological, scientific and innovative advances, the Ceramics Industry is making an immense impact on our everyday lives.
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Raw materials
2 February 2011

CERAME-UNIE WELCOMES COMMUNICATION ON RAW MATERIALS

Press release

The Commission presented its long awaited Communication on commodity markets and raw materials. The document contributes to the Europe 2020 flagship initiative ‘A resource efficient Europe’.
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Origin marking
21 October 2010

WIDE SUPPORT FOR ORIGIN MARKING IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PLENARY

Press release

On 21 October 2010, the European Parliament plenary adopted the proposal for an EU-wide system of the indication of the country of origin of certain products imported from third countries.
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