A steel and iron industry lobby group has accused bureaucrats of a “vindictive” campaign to chase the sector out of Europe to meet European Union climate change goals.
In a mounting war of words, Eurofer claimed that Jos Delbeke, who runs the EU scheme to cap and trade carbon emissions, admitted that the booming sector would have relocated offshore within a decade of a new law cutting greenhouse gas emissions coming into effect in 2013. Mr Delbeke denied he made the remark.
The clash comes as the EU’s heavy industries mount a last-ditch lobbying offensive against a draft law that they claim would force many of them to leave the bloc.
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