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#Steel: Eurodiputats part posterior del paper que criden a la UE que defensen les indústries contra les pràctiques comercials deslleials

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xinesa-steel9Els eurodiputats de la Comissió d'Indústria, Recerca i Energia del Parlament Europeu han votat avui a favor d'un informe laborista en què demanen que la UE prengui totes les mesures necessàries per defensar les indústries europees contra pràctiques poc competitives, inclòs l'abocament d'acer barat al Regne Unit. 

L'informe demana a la Unió Europea que eviti que els socis comercials subcotitzen injustament les indústries europees i diu que la UE hauria d'actuar per aturar la concessió de l'estatus d'economia de mercat a la Xina, un dels principals contribuents del dúmping als mercats de la UE.

Theresa Griffin MEP, Labour’s European Parliament spokesperson on industry, research and energy, said: “While the Tories have failed yet again to think long term about UK industrial strategy and how we’re going to support our local industries, Labour MEPs have for years raised concerns about the crisis facing the steel industry and repeatedly called for a strengthening of EU trade defence measures.

“Our report outlines a new forward-looking and innovative strategy on trade and investment, including measures to tackle the effects that anti-competitive practices are having on EU markets, especially the dumping of steel into UK markets form China. This strategy seeks to do more than just support UK industry – it is about ensuring workers can put food on the table, communities maintain thriving economies and industries are able to compete on a level playing field.”

Jude Kirton-Darling, eurodiputat, membre del comitè de comerç internacional del Parlament Europeu, va dir: “My constituents, steel workers on Teesside, know only too well the damage that dumping is doing. Our trade defence instruments are insufficient to deal with Chinese industrial over-capacity. We have been waiting years for our own national governments to agree the modernisation of these vital tools.

“As UK ministers cry crocodile tears for our steel industry at home, abroad they give valuable contracts to Chinese investors and block the tools needed to allow a fair global market. We urgently need a proper manufacturing strategy in the UK and our trade relations are a key pillar in that agenda. Today’s vote shows MEPs are hearing the concerns of industry and the unions and acting on them.”

David Martin, eurodiputat, portaveu del Grup de Socialistes i Demòcrates sobre comerç internacional, va afegir: “In Britain, the Tory government’s recent relationship with China has been too cosy. They rolled out the red carpet last October and gave President Xi Jinping a royal welcome. Now it appears they are willing to sacrifice British industry to please their new friends.

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“China is clearly an important partner and we should welcome our continued economic cooperation – but Europe cannot roll over in the face of unfair trade practices that are damaging our industrial communities. The UK government must realise its inaction on trade has a direct link to the crisis we see back home.”

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