Free trade is a multiplier of growth but can’t be left to market forces alone. FACE supports the liberalisation of raw materials, which fuel the world’s economies. This is particularly important for primary aluminium imports on which the EU depends for 74% of its needs. In parallel, European manufactured goods must stay protected in a context of fierce and too often unfair international competition. Trade policy is a tool that must remain at the service of competitiveness.
Reciprocity and accountability are needed to sustain an effective multilateral system. FACE supports the WTO as a rules-based system and a permanent forum for negotiations as well as all other formats of effective international cooperation. However, Europe must stand ready to act with allies or alone when necessary. There is no sustainable multilateralism without a fair level playing field across the range.
With its lightness, endless recyclability and other properties, aluminium is the ideal material to accompany and intensify the transition to a green economy. FACE calls for the creation of an EU “Green Aluminium” label to offer EU consumers the choice to preferably buy aluminium products manufactured with the lowest independently certified carbon footprint and with the most ambitious environmental standards along the entire value-chain.
FACE is launching a campaign for the elimination
of the EU’s import tariffs on raw aluminium.
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The Federation of Aluminium Consumers in Europe - FACE