Trade is a fundamental source of growth and innovation for the global economy. It is also a force to promote our principles and policies in Europe. With a view to support the development of a sustainable and competitive aluminium industry in our continent, we are fully committed to endorse free and fair trade regimes respectful of WTO rules and to advocate for a level playing-field among operators in the sector worldwide.
Trade: more than business
Trade is not just about business. European Union trade policy has had a significant impact on other policies such as climate change, social rights, safety, and standards, among others. This policy linkage is critical for our industry to lead on sustainability and promote EHS standards globally. For this reason, our members welcome the need of a strong European trade policy that:
- Supports the fight to protect our environment and reverse global warming;
- Ensures the highest standards of health, safety for the products we trade and;
- Improves working conditions for workers at the international level.
Our priorities: ranging from monitoring to strategic advocacy
International trade flows have accelerated, and the EU presented ambitious plans to sign agreements with major manufacturer’s nations. The European Commission’s strategy known as “Trade for All” has set clear political objectives for developing fair and deeper trade relations. It includes negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States as well as other free trade agreements with manufacturing countries such as Korea, Japan, Australia and China. This dynamic agenda is triggering important debates for the entire industrial base in Europe.
In this context, European Aluminium works to:
- Monitor trends in international EU trade policy and trade-related EU legislation
- Address any sources of competitive trade distortions, whether they arise within or outside the European internal market
- Make strategic recommendations on general trade policies with impacts on our industry
- Secure, in the framework of multilateral trade negotiations as well as in the context of the EU’s bilateral free-trade initiatives, improved market access for aluminium industry exports worldwide and level playing-field access to raw materials, while defending the desired EU market protection whenever this is justified
- Assert the industry’s views and interests in respect of any problems arising in relation to the implementation of world or EU customs regulatory provisions (customs classification, rules of origin, tariff suspensions, GSP)