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European Aluminium applauds EU, Japan and U.S. agreement to tackle excess capacities collectively

Brussels, 13  December 2017-  Yesterday,  Cecilia  Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative, agreed to strengthen trilateral cooperation in the WTO and other forums  in  order to battle  unfair trade.  European Aluminium, the voice of the entire aluminium value chain, welcomes the new commitment.
“The issue of severe excess capacity in key sectors exacerbated by government support was highlighted by important trade  authorities.  This  recognition  is  great  news  for  our  industry  as  aluminium  is  one  of  the  sectors  affected  by government-supported capacity expansion and unfair competitive conditions caused by market-distorting subsidies,” comments Gerd Götz, director General of European Aluminium. 
Since 2016,  European Aluminium  has  been campaigning for a global negotiated solution to tackle the root causes of excess capacities.
“We hope this very timely trilateral agreement will urge G7 and G20 leaders to finally provide a collective response to the aluminium sector  by creating a Global Forum on aluminium excess capacity. A Global Forum  could help  define what excess capacity entails, increase transparent information sharing, and enhance cooperation,” concludes Götz.
About European Aluminium:
European Aluminium, founded in 1981, is the association that represents the whole value chain of the aluminium industry in Europe. We actively engage with decision-makers and the wider stakeholder community to promote the outstanding properties of aluminium, secure growth and optimise the contribution our metal can make to meeting Europe’s sustainability challenges. Through environmental and technical expertise, economic and statistical analysis, scientific research, education and sharing of best practices, public affairs and communication activities, European Aluminium promotes the use of aluminium as a permanent material that is part of the solution to achieving sustainable goals, while maintaining and improving the image of the industry, of the material and of its applications among their stakeholders.
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