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Scalfarotto: imports of PVA, great appreciation for stopping duties

Undersecretary Scalfarotto greatly appreciated the vote expressed by EU Member States that blocked in the first instance the approval of duties on imports of PVA (Polyvinyl Alchol), a semifinished material essential for Italian companies, particularly in the paper sector.
“Once again the excellent teamwork carried out by the Forwign Ministry offices and our Permanent Representation in Brussels has made it possible to protect our companies and their workers,” Mr Scalfarotto commented. “Over the last few weeks we have managed to overturn a situation that seemed to have been compromised, thanks to intensive diplomatic work at various levels as well as collaboration with my European colleagues who are responsible for commercial policy dossiers. At last, we have succeeded first to postpone the timing of the vote between Member States and then to avoid a decision that would have had a very negative impact on our production capacity with obvious risks on employment levels. We will have to continue to monitor this and other dossiers in the coming months (also in view of the possible new proposal on appeal by the Commission on the PVA) in order to protect our companies from initiatives that risk compromising post-covid production recovery”.

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