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EU chemical sector posts positive short-term economic outlook

Brussels, 24 April 2017 - According to a Eurozone economic outlook report the prospects for global economic activity improved in recent months, despite political uncertainty and increased inflation.

No trade-off on fairness: Cefic joins industry leaders to urge fair Emissions Trading System outcome

Brussels, 21 April 2017 - As part of an industry ‘Alliance for a Fair EU Emissions Trading System (ETS)’, Cefic endorses the below recommendations to support the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission to ensure that their coming negotiations shape a fair ETS reform.

Promoting the peaceful use of chemistry: Chemicals convention celebrates 20 years

Brussels, 18 April 2017 – This year marks 20 years since the launch of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a Nobel prize-winning organisation that aims to prevent the misuse of chemicals. A range of high-level events and initiatives have been organised to mark this special milestone.


Key EU policy issues for our industry

Industrial Policy

The chemical industry plays an important role in supporting the European economy and society. It has been recognised as enabler of a sustainable future by the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry.

Emissions Trading Scheme |ETS|

A clean, competitive economy. The  EU chemical industry will be asking for a dynamic ETS that meets the EU’s emission targets and incentivises efficient, innovative manufacturing without extra carbon costs. 

Energy Union

Creating an Energy Union that stimulates industrial ambition

Industry Support

Advice & guidance to companies


The Sectoral Platform in Chemicals for Energy Effficiency Excellence aims to boost energy efficiency across the European chemical industry, particularly in small- and medium-sized companies.


This service is the one-stop access to funding opportunities from European Commission funding programmes and select regional and national governments to develop sustainable innovative solutions for the chemical industry.

Responsible Care for SMEs

First time validated tools on chemicals management, energy efficiency, occupational health, process safety, transport safety, and other areas, making them freely available for everyone.

Implementing REACH

Cefic has developed a number of guidance documents and tools to support companies in the implementation of REACH as well as to enhance harmonisation of procedure. 

>> ESCom Package Version 2.3 available for download

Transport & Logistics

Ensuring safe transport and handling of its products, with care for the environment and in full accordance with regulations, is of key importance for the image and reputation of the chemical industry.

Regulatory Framework

Getting responsible chemicals management recognised throughout the entire supply chain of the chemical industry under a “proportionate framework”

» Learn more about Regulatory Framework

Facts and Figures

The 2016 Cefic European Facts & Figures provides an analysis of the latest competitive trends in the European chemical industry.

» Learn more about Facts and Figures

Responsible Care

The Responsible Care ethic helps chemical companies to operate safely, profitably and with due care.

» Learn more about Responsible Care