Based on over 100 interviews conducted with European producers of ceramics and glass, the Cumulative Cost Assessment of the EU ceramics and glass industries quantified the regulatory costs generated in the last 10 years by EU legislation and affecting the following sectors: bricks and tiles, ceramic tiles, refractories, flat glass, glass tableware and packaging glass. The study also compared regulatory costs with production costs and margins registered by European producers, thus revealing the impact of regulation on competitiveness. Regulatory costs represent between 2% to 5% of production costs in all sectors under investigation. They constitute, however, a more prominent share of margins, especially in years of crisis. EU rules in the field of energy and environment appear to generate most of regulatory costs in the sectors.
The Final Workshop aims to present the main findings of the Cumulative Cost Assessment and discuss them with Commission officials and representatives from the ceramics and glass industries. All participants will have the opportunity to engage in an interactive discussion and express their views.
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The study, funded by the European Commission (DG GROW), was performed by a consortium led by CEPS and comprising Economisti Associati and Ecorys. It includes two reports, which are available for free download on the European Commission's website on the CEPS website: