More than 5,000 people marched in support of steelmaking in Europe
, in Brussels on Monday February 15, and their protest helped to lift the mood at the 20th Handelsblatt Stahlmarkt 2016 conference in Düsseldorf on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The protest in the European Union’s administrative centre focused on the need for the EU to take a stronger stand against the dumping of cheap steel into its markets, particularly from China, and to urge a “no” vote on China’s application for market economy status (MES).
Those messages were reiterated at the conference.
Hans Jürgen Kerkhoff, president of German steel federation WV Stahl, described the possibility of China gaining MES at the end of this year as “grotesque”.
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