European Parliament Ceramics Forum 2014 was organized by Cerame-Unie and was held on 3 and 4 December, in Brussels, Belgium.
Over 150 participants attended sectoral meetings, the Cerame-Unie General Assembly and public events on 3 and 4 December.
On 3 December MEP Paul Rübig and MEP Elisabetta Gardini co-hosted the 15th European Parliament Ceramics Forum (EPCF), followed by a cocktail reception with a keynote speech by Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General of DG Enterprise and Industry.
The meetings demonstrated that the ceramics industry, a manufacturing and SME-driven sector, plays a key role in delivering much needed growth and jobs for the EU.
The EPCF Plenary session featured panel debates with speakers from the European Parliament, European Commission and industry.
Three panels explored topics that impact the ceramic industry and are currently being discussed at EU level: the circular economy, the international competitiveness of SMEs and the future of the EU Emissions Trading System.
On 4 December a conference on research and innovation (R&I) investigated the role of EU funding in the ceramic sector.
Speakers shared facts and figures on schemes available under H2020 as well as tips and tricks for seeking EU funding for ceramic research projects.
Panelists disclosed their practical experience with EU-funded projects on earthquake-resistant masonry (INSYSME), standardization in refractories (ReStaR), innovative heat recovery (financed through SILC I and LIFE) and different projects related to silica.
The conference and the various success stories demonstrated the continued need for EU-funded programs through Horizon 2020.
The European Parliament Ceramic Days 2015 will take place in Brussels from 30 November to 2 December 2015.