Jan Woźniak: an Energy Union could strengthen our bargaining power

Jan Woźniak: an Energy Union could strengthen our bargaining power

“Imposing further restrictions on industry, without parallel moves in other parts of the world, will lead to the ultimate slow death of the EU’s industry.” Jarosław Adamowski (JA): Impexmetal is active in the non-iron metals industry, with more than 30 subsidiaries in Poland and abroad. What has been the impact of the EU regulations on the emissions of CO2, on the sector in which Impexmetal operates? Jan Woźniak (JW): The EU regulations related to the emissions of CO2 have a major importance for all industrial sectors, not just Impexmetal. On the one hand, given the high dependency of Poland’s energy sector (and energy is one of the key costs incurred by the metals industry) on coal, these regulations are a major handicap to our competitiveness, and yet, on the other one, they foster innovativeness. So, in this sense, they are both a barrier and an incentive for development. In the long-term, the regulations which limit CO2 emissions will positively impact on economic development, but they are currently limiting the possibilities of competing against companies from outside of the EU, which are not bound by such restrictive regulations. JA: The ongoing negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) by Brussels and Washington could have a significant impact on the competitiveness of the EU’s industry. Is Impexmetal hoping that this will lead to a facilitation of Europe’s access to the US market? Would such a development be beneficial to the non-iron metals sector? JW: Impexmetal has been present on the US market for many years. With regards to our volume of sales there, it is not an important market [...]

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