ArcelorMittal’s Himpe is new EUROFER president

Robrecht Himpe, executive vice president at ArcelorMittal Europe, addressed hundreds of delegates today at European Steel Day – as the new president of EUROFER, the European Steel Association. He identified three targets for his presidency to ensure the future of the steel industry in Europe: market demand, trade, and energy and climate.

With steel demand in Europe still 25% below pre-crisis levels – despite positive signs of a moderate recovery in the EU economy –Himpe reminded delegates that rising steel consumption of European steel, together with support from policymakers, is needed to create an internationally competitive environment for the industry. Himpe called on the European Commission (EC) to consider the steel industry as a strategic sector for the EU economy.

Himpe reiterated the need for a proper industrial policy for Europe, to ensure a return to growth for the industry. Speaking about his energy and climate priority, he addressed the need for fairness in CO2 reduction targets. He also welcomed the recent introduction of a pilot emissions trading system (ETS) in China and in other regions.

On trade, Himpe said that it is essential to take the necessary steps to ensure that steel imports enter the EU market on a fair basis.

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