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The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is introducing a new campaign, calling for the EU to put the manufacturing industry at the heart of the European economy.
Due to launch in 2014 in time for the EU elections, ‘Basta! Get back on track!’ calls for the EU to reduce red tape, help win the global competitiveness race, rethink existing policies and put the focus back on industry. Demonstrating where European policy has gone wrong, the Basta! campaign will also highlight where EU policy has been well-implemented to support industry on a national level.
At European Paper Week, CEOs from Sappi Fine Paper Europe, UPM, Smurfit Kappa, Holmen, SCA, Portucel Soporcel, Stora Enso and Mondi, will come together to discuss the impact legislation can have on European competitiveness. The European manufacturing industry represents innovation, investment and jobs and it can help overcome the economic crisis – but not when legislation is contradicting, overlapping or disproportionate.
Teresa Presas, Director General of CEPI, said, “The paper industry wants to stay within a strong Europe setting a worldwide example. However, the current legislative situation is leading to imports of unemployment and exports of pollution. We urge policymakers to get back on track and focus on competitiveness. We say Basta! to the impact excessive legislative burdens are having on the manufacturing industry."
The leaflet outlines how the cluster of industries which form the print media value chain - papermaking, paper converting, printing and publishing – are valuable contributors to the new low-carbon, resource-efficient and knowledge-based economy. This in turn contributes to the EU 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
PMG is an established network that meets regularly to discuss common issues, share best practice, and learn and benefit from the interdependence of the constituent players.
The European Paper Week 2013 will take place 26-28 November at the EU Thon Hotel in Brussels. The pulp and paper industry's top management will meet to discuss with representatives of the value chain and policy makers.
This European Paper Week presents "Growth Reinvented". The paper industry added value and created new products for new markets in recent years – thus reinventing growth. Moreover, the CEPI 2050 Roadmap towards a low-carbon bio-economy has set up a pathway to the industry’s growth at a time of economic and financial crisis, helping to reignite industrial growth in Europe.
The Annual Meeting will feature European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard and European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik, as well as former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson. The pinnacle of this year's European Paper Week is the presentation of the highly-anticipated winning concept of the innovative CEPI Two Team Project.
In parallel, CEPI will launch its 6th sustainability report, highlighting the continuous improvements of the industry’s environmental performance. In addition, a number of seminars and information sessions will take place on current topics such as:
• Quality in Recycling The new EN643
• European Innovation Partnerships on raw materials The process
• EU-US Trade negotiations and the paper industry
and much more…
Additional information, including speaker names and the draft programme are available on the event website. Registrations are open at http://www.cepi.org/EPW/registration-epw and the early bird fee will be available until end September.
For more information with regards to European Paper Week, please contact Daniela Haiduc, CEPI Communications and Public Affairs Manager at email@example.com or +32 2 627 49 15.
Note to the Editor
European Paper Week: European Paper Week is the European paper and pulp industry’s biggest annual event gathering over 350 participants, from all areas and levels in the industry. The event extends over 3 days. European Paper Week 2013 will be the 14th edition of the event.
The Two Team Project: A successful delivery on the two objectives of the CEPI 2050 Roadmap – namely 80% decarbonisation of the industry and 50% value creation in 2050 – is only possible when breakthrough technologies are available by 2030. To achieve this, CEPI set up the Two Team Project. It consists of two teams – Red and Blue – that include experts, scientists, manufacturers, suppliers and representatives of the pulp and paper industry and other sectors competing in identifying technologies and/or processes that are more efficient, low carbon, better integrated and more sustainable. More at http://twoteam.unfoldthefuture.eu/
The European Commission’s DG Connect committed to a paper -free communication policy in an article published on their website, but several organisations of the paper value chain including CEPI, Intergraf, FEDMA and FEPE answered in an open letter asking DG Connect not to abandon millions of citizens with their communication policy.
Paper-based communication remains very important for millions of Europeans, if one only thinks of all the people who do not have online access, they will be left behind if communication becomes paperless. Despite the benefits of digital technology, paper should be complementary to electronic media and not discarded. Printed communication remains essential for various reasons, it encompasses a big part of the European industry. Implementing this policy will in turn discriminate millions who value printed communication or depend on it as they do not have internet access.
The full letter is accessible here.
Further information on ‘Myths and Realities’ when it comes to paper here.
European Commission survey on attitudes of Europeans towards building the single market for green products
This Flash survey examines EU citizens' knowledge of green products and their reasons for buying, or not buying them. The behaviour change analysis suggests that actions on the price gap between green and non-green products as well as on how green products are presented in shops should be prioritised to change consumers’ behaviour and convert them into regular buyers of green products. Moreover, even if most people are willing to consider environmental factors when making purchases, only few feel fully informed. In particular, only just over half of EU citizens trust producers' claims about the environmental performance of their products, and a majority of EU citizens do not trust companies' reports on their own environmental performance.
View the detailed results of the survey here: http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/flash/fl_367_sum_en.pdf