On BFM Business, Eric Niedziela, president of the metallurgist, denounces the policy of massive subsidies implemented by the United States for his industry.
A week ago, the President of the Republic received representatives of the 50 most polluting industrial sites in France at the Elysée to ask them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Among them, ArcelorMittal France, whose two sites account for no less than 25% of industrial greenhouse gas emissions in France.
“We will be there before 2030, the goal is to get the agreement on our file very quickly from the European Commission” explains this Tuesday on the set of Good Morning Business, Eric Niedziela, president of ArcelorMittal France.
“This agreement serves to implement the aid we have negotiated with the French state. We are ready, we have the solutions, we are able to place an order quickly on the subject”, adds the leader.
Recall that the main source of energy for the company’s blast furnaces today remains coal, with the idea of replacing it with carbon-free hydrogen.
“The European Commission must move faster”
However, even if this grant file is released quickly, the group fears that its competitiveness will fade in France. At issue, the massive subsidies given to American industry through the Inflation Reduction Act.
“We see massive aid to American industry (…), the European Commission must go faster in deciding on aid”, underlines Eric Niedziela who does not hide the risk of relocation.
“This is the discussion that we are having within the group at the moment. The Dunkirk and Fos projects (the two French sites of the group, ed) had a competitive advantage before the entry into force of the Inflation Reduction Act. Competitiveness is reversed, hence the discussion with the President act quickly, we need to haste for the green light from the European Commission”, repeats the manager.
If the notion of closure is not mentioned, “it is the notion of competitiveness on a group that is global, to see where production can be done at the best cost to be competitive in Europe,” warns Eric Niedziela.