UK Steelworkers impact on EU decision

Posted on: 20/01/2016

The European Union is clamping down on governments providing illegal state subsidies to protect the continent's struggling steel industry.

Brussels has ordered Belgium to repay €211m of aid and will launch an investigation into the Italian government's €2bn subsidy measures for its largest steelmaker Ilva.

The decision comes as Europe's steel industry buckles under the pressure of competing against cheap Chinese imports.

Steelmakers across Europe have suffered major job losses in recent months, including more than 750 at Tata's plant in South Wales.

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