Steelworkers affected by the closure of the SSI steel plant in Redcar have travelled to Brussels to urge the business secretary, Sajid Javid and the European Council to take urgent action to stop the dumping of cheap Chinese steel.
Ministers from EU member states are to discuss the challenges faced by the EU steel industry, which has been suffering from falling metal prices, resulting in mass job losses across the country,including 2,000 at the SSI plant in Teesside.
The meeting comes amid growing pressure on the UK government over its failure to step in to assist the country's crisis hit steel industry, which is being hammered by a flood of subsidised Chinese steel and energy tariffs double that of their European competitors.
New figures show nearly a thousand people who worked for companies that supplied the SSI Redcar have been made redundant since it closed.
A new programme to help find jobs for steelworkers hit by a wave of redundancies will be chaired by the former deputy prime minister.
More than 800 jobs have been lost at Tees Valley firms that supplied the SSI steelworks in Redcar.