Michel Barnier met this morning, within the EU27 consultations, Dutch industry representatives with the aim of reaching out to all relevant players.
She used the opportunity to highlight the 5 priorities for an industry sector that is built upon a cross boarder value chain creation and provides European wide 35 million direct and indirect jobs.
- Provide a time limited transitional period to ensure legal certainty and a stable and predictable legal framework for companies;
- Maintain free and frictionless trade, avoiding tariff and non-tariff barriers to the movement of goods and services and ensuring the integrity of the single market;
- Enable people to move freely across borders to support complex supply chains and address the sectors skills gap;
- Ensure a single regulatory environment, supported by mutual recognition and regulatory cooperation;
- Consultation of industry is essential in ensuring negotiation deliver a deal which works for manufacturers across Europe and in the UK.
These 5 main points follow the earlier Ceemet publication ‘Brexit: a lose-lose situation for EU manufacturers’ which was worldwide referred to.
In line with the previously mentioned priorities, Chief negotiator Barnier said that he would include Ceemet/FME into the industry soundboard during the negotiation process.