Confindustria Ceramica


European Ceramic Days 2020

The events that each year bring together representatives of the European ceramics industry together with European Union policy officials, with a focus on international trade and the Green Deal

From 16 to 18 November 2020, "The European Ceramic Days" took place, the series of events that each year bring together representatives of the European ceramic industry together with officials and policy makers of the European Union, promoting dialogue between the industry European ceramics and EU institutions. This year the meetings were held on the Webex platform.

Among the most relevant public events of the 26th edition of the European Parliament Ceramics Forum (EPCF), the parliamentary intergroup dedicated to European ceramics, two webinars (visible, upon registration, on the agenda on Tuesday 17 November.
The first, at 2.45 pm, on international trade included the renewal of European Union trade policies, anti-dumping actions, customs barriers and bilateral agreements between countries among the topics covered. On behalf of the European ceramic industry was the speech of Paolo Mularoni (President of the Commercial Relations Committee of Confindustria Ceramica).
The second, starting at 16.30, focused on the Green Deal of the European Union, with a focus on the ETS mechanism (transfer of carbon dioxide emission quotas by industrial companies) and on the proposal of a carbon-tax on From non-EU countries to avoid further penalties for European productions. In relation to the development times of this proposal and the need not to frustrate the measures for the recovery of the economic cycle as a result of the pandemic, the European ceramic industry strongly requests to postpone the entry into force of phase IV for at least one year. ETS expected on January 1, 2021.

During "The European Ceramic Days" the General Assembly of Cerame-Unie, the European Association of ceramic producers, was also held. Italy is represented by Alfonso Panzani, European Vice President of Cerame-Unie, and by Loriano Bocini, President of the 'Technical Ceramics' Federation, EUTECER.