Refining Forum

The European refining industry continually called on the European Union to provide the regulatory predictability that would favour investment.

The eighth meeting of the EU Refining Forum will be held in the morning of 1 December 2017 in Brussels. For the first time since its creation, the Forum will meet at the expert level, with the goal of discussing in depth issues of key importance to EU refining industry.

Some 100 participants representing the EU institutions, Member States and industry among others are expected to exchange views on key legislative issues, including the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package and the impact of internal combustion engines on urban air quality. The expert forum is also expected to prepare the ground for a high-level meeting of the Forum which will follow in the first half of 2018.

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The EU Refining Forum dates back to 2012, when stakeholders – Member States, MEPs, the EU refining industry and trade unions – gathered to discuss the pressures faced by the sector, and called for coordinated action. The forum provides an opportunity to talk about regulatory proposals that could have significant impacts on the industry and on the security of supply of petroleum products in the EU.

In the period 2008-2014 some 17 refineries shut down in the EU, adding up to an 8% capacity decline and the loss of some 10,000 direct and 40,000 indirect jobs. Previous Refining Forum meetings recognized the economic and social value of the European refining sector and called for a continued review of the Refining Fitness Check and its use in assessing the cumulative impact of existing and upcoming legislation that can affect the sector’s competitiveness.