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The crisis in the european shipbuilding industry emf activities and eu policy developments

The crisis in the European shipbuilding industry: EMF activities and EU policy developments

EMF Shipbuilding Committee meetingVigo, Spain, 20th May 2010


Emf activities to deal with the crisis

EMF activities to deal with the crisis

  • Intensifying market and employment monitoring (IAW, AGS)

  • Developing EMF response (Berlin declaration, 25 June 2009)

  • Exploiting all levels of influence:

    • Action Day 11 September 2009

    • Social Dialogue with CESA

    • Dialogue with EU institutions and EU presidency

    • Participation in LeaderSHIP activities (HLG, sherpa meetings, LS Conference)

    • Cooperation with IMF, discussing a global trade union position, common approach vis-à-vis OECD

    • Active involvement of EMF shipbuilding committee members !


The crisis in the european shipbuilding industry emf activities and eu policy developments

EMF crisis response (“Berlin declaration”, June 2009)

  • Demand for a common European strategy comprising9 essential elements:

  • No redundancies in 2009 and 2010!

  • Press for environmental protection – Develop new markets!

  • Safeguarding European know-how in ship financing!

  • Intensify research and development for the future!

  • Create fair conditions for competition!

  • Responsible behaviour of ship owners

  • Responsible behaviour of employers!

  • Strengthen Social Dialogue!

  • Implementation and new orientation for LeaderShip 2015!


Emf crisis response

EMF crisis response

Crisisresponse links with EMF shipbuildingpolicy (« The seais the future », 2005)

No reliance on subsidies. Push for levelplayingfield, boostingdemand, innovation.

  • OECD

  • WTO

Faircompetition

  • Europeanscrapping programme

  • Shift towards maritime transport

  • Short-sea shipping

  • Environmental standards

  • Innovation support

  • Europeanresearch collaboration

  • Skills &Training initiatives

  • Social Dialogue

Stimulatedemand

Promote innovation

Maritime Economy


The crisis in the european shipbuilding industry emf activities and eu policy developments

Calendar of Main Events (since last shipbuilding committee meeting)

  • LeaderSHIP High Level Group meeting and EMF action day, 11 September 2009, Bremerhaven, Germany

  • EESC hearing on the shipbuilding crisis 1 December 2009, Vigo, Spain

  • LeaderSHIPsherpa meeting, 11 December 2009

  • Handover of Declaration of European Shipbuilding Regions to Commission and Parliament, 8th April 2010, Brussels

  • LeaderSHIP conference, 21 April 2010, Bilbao

  • European Maritime Day and Maritime Industries Forum, 19/20 May, Gijon, Spain

  • EMF shipbuilding committee, 20/21 May 2010, Vigo, Spain

  • EMF Conference on military shipbuilding, 31 May 2010, Economic & Social Committee, Brussels

  • Conference on the future of shipbuilding in Europe, European Parliament, 24th June 2010


The crisis in the european shipbuilding industry emf activities and eu policy developments

LeaderSHIP 2015 = industrial policy roadmap since 2003

LeaderSHIP High Level Group meeting on 11.09.09 to discuss a European crisis response

Participation of major stakeholders: industry (CESA), suppliers (EMEC), unions (EMF), Commission (ENTR, COMP, TREN, RTD), Member States

LeaderSHIP priorities:

Defend a global level playing field

Active demand stimulation

Research and innovation

Access to pre- and post delivery financing

Appeal to maintain jobs and skills, avoid lay-offs

Update on LeaderSHIP


The crisis in the european shipbuilding industry emf activities and eu policy developments

Level playing field

Re-launching of negotiation process for an OECD agreement (WP6, 13 April 2010)

Real chance for success after 20 years of fruitless negotiations?

EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement: A new era of bilateral relations is put to the test

EU industry pushes Commission to insist on implementation of the existing bilateral shipbuilding agreement with Korea (“Agreed Minutes”)  prices to reflect costs in line with WTO antidumping rules

EU industry has requested opening of consultation on a case of injurious pricing by a Korean shipyard

Update on LeaderSHIP

State of Play


The crisis in the european shipbuilding industry emf activities and eu policy developments

Demand Stimulation

EU Commission believes that the responsibility for short-term demand stimulation initiatives lies with Member States!

No EU funded schemes proposed (e.g. European scrapping scheme)

COM has invited MS to propose measures and offered coordination role

Member States are not planning measures

Update on LeaderSHIP

State of Play


The crisis in the european shipbuilding industry emf activities and eu policy developments

Research and innovation

CleanSHIP initiative: innovation collaboration based on PPP proposed by LeaderSHIP

Industry plans no new initiative

Research and innovation activities to be continued within Waterborne Technology Platform

Green growth opportunities

EU Commission plans a study on long-term green growth opportunities for shipbuilding in the context of the EU 2020 strategy

tender to be launched before summer break 2010

Innovation aid

EU Commission (DG Competition) to review implementation of “Framework on support measures for shipbuilding” of 2004

Public consultation planned on renewing this framework that expires in 2011

Update on LeaderSHIP

State of Play


The crisis in the european shipbuilding industry emf activities and eu policy developments

Access to financing

Temporary Framework for State Aid (EU’s crisis-related financing instrument)

Used in some cases, providing state guarantees to yards in difficulties to access external finance

Possibility expires end 2010

European pre-delivery guarantee scheme

EU Commission has commissioned a feasability study for establishing guarantee scheme in cooperation with EIB

Dialogue with EIB difficult; EIB does not report to Commission

Only Member States could influence EIB

Update on LeaderSHIP

State of Play


The crisis in the european shipbuilding industry emf activities and eu policy developments

European Economic and Social Committee

Opinion on “The European shipbuilding industry dealing with the current crisis” (29 April 2010)

EMF involved in drafting of text; all elements of “Berlin Declaration” included; strong emphasis on employment and skills!

Demands for a European coordinated strategy:

Stimulating demand

Financing (incl. prolongation of innovation aid)

Employment measures (incl. support in case of yard closures)

Level playing field

EESC hearing on 1 December 2009, Vigo

Participation of delegation of Spanish trade union colleagues

EMF represented by José Luis Gacio (MCA-UGT)

Other Shipbuilding Events and Initiatives


The crisis in the european shipbuilding industry emf activities and eu policy developments

Declaration of European Shipbuilding Regions

33 Regional Governments (representing 60 million European citizen) signed a joint declaration

Future for shipbuilding industry declared as top priority for economic development in maritime regions

Declaration handed to:

President of European Parliament

European Council and European Commission representatives

President of the Committee of the Regions

EMF represented by Ruud van den Bergh (FNV Bondgenoten)

Other Shipbuilding Events and Initiatives


The crisis in the european shipbuilding industry emf activities and eu policy developments

LeaderSHIP Conference, 21 April 2010, Bilbao

Calls on EU Competitiveness Council to address situation of situation at next meeting on 25/26 May 2010

Calls on Member States to put in place effective instruments (financing, demand stimulation)

Underlines need for a coordinated strategy within EU

Affirms LeaderSHIP as an effective platform for industrial policy

Participation of an EMF delegation (Spanish colleagues)

Address by EMF General Secretary

Other Shipbuilding Events and Initiatives


The crisis in the european shipbuilding industry emf activities and eu policy developments

European Maritime Day and Maritime Industries Forum, 19/20 May, Gijon, Spain

EMF shipbuilding committee, 20/21 May, Vigo

EMF conference on the future of maritime shipbuilding in Europe, 31 May, Brussels

Conference on the future of European Shipbuilding in the European Parliament, 24 June

Industry, Trade Unions, MEPs, Commission

President EMF shipbuilding committee

Large EMF delegation encouraged

Current and future events


The crisis in the european shipbuilding industry emf activities and eu policy developments

Thank you for your attention!

For more information please contact:

Andrea Husen-Bradley

[email protected]


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