Coal lies at the heart of European manufacturing, providing a stable, secure and competitive fuel for power generation.
But European manufacturing is in decline. Between 2000 and 2014, the share of manufacturing in total EU output fell from 18.8% to 15.3%, while 3.5 million jobs were lost.
For many years, the coal industry has argued that European manufacturers needs competitive electricity prices (e.g. A Strategy for Clean Coal in 2012).
The time has come to sound the alarm. EURACOAL, together with another 124 associations, has signed a Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy with the aim of growing industry’s share in European Union GDP to 20% by 2020.