On October 30, Glass for Europe participated in the Final Workshop on Cumulative Cost Assessment of the EU Ceramics and Glass Industriesorganised by CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies). The research, which was commissioned by the European Commission, quantifies the regulatory costs generated in the last 10 years by EU legislation in the flat glass industry and other glass and ceramics sectors.
The presentation of the main findings allowed to engage in an interactive discussion with Commission officials and representatives from the ceramics and glass industries. Glass for Europe illustrated its analysis of the results, highlighting that regulatory costs constitute prominent share of margins in years of crisis and that the bigger impact is mainly linked to electricity consumption.
Glass for Europe called on the Commission to use the data collected with this study also to evaluate the exposition to risk of Carbon Leakage under the EU ETS and to reflect on possible compensation for indirect costs.