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Trade and Competitiveness

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Trade and Competitiveness

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The global economy is changing. The return of geopolitics in a multipolar world, the erosion of multilateral trade relations, and a once-in-a-century pandemic have caused deep and lasting disruptions in our industry. At the same time, Europe has set itself the target of becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and is pioneering sustainability standards unmatched elsewhere in the world. In this context, it is one of our priorities to ensure that European manufacturers can keep competing on global markets and remain leaders in the technologies that will power the future.

06 June 2024
The Critical Raw Materials (CRM) Act was published in Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 3 May.
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02 April 2024
On 18 March, the Council of the EU gave its final approval on the agreement reached last year on the Critical Raw Materials Act.
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20 December 2023
The European Commission opened on 23 November 2023 the Innovation Fund 2023 call for proposals. 1.4 billion EUR is made available for cleantech manufacturing projects focusing on energy storage, heat pumps, renewables and hydrogen....
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19 December 2023
On 13 November, a political agreement was concluded by the European Parliament and Council of the European Union on the Critical Raw Materials.
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03 August 2023
On 01 August 2023, the UK government communicated its intention to extend the recognition of the CE marking for placing most goods on the market in Great Britain, indefinitely, beyond December 2024. Ecodesign will follow a different path....
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20 June 2023
The European Commission has opened the public consultation for the heat pumps action plan. Stakeholders can respond to the survey until 30 August 2023. Additionally, a series of stakeholder consultation events are scheduled.
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15 June 2023
At the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Consultation Forum meeting of 9 June 2023, the European Commission presented the Critical Raw Materials (CRM) Act and its implications for products regulated under Ecodesign.
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09 June 2023
The European Commission published its proposal for a Critical Raw Materials Act on 20 March 2023. It aims to increase and diversify the EU’s supply of critical raw materials and includes new proposed requirements for cooling generators, heat pumps and electric motors....
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