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EU chemical industry President welcomes Competitiveness Council endorsement of vision for industry in Europe

Brussels, 21 February 2017 – Following a speech by Dr. Hariolf Kottmann, Cefic president and CEO of Clariant before the Competitiveness Council, Commissioner Bienkowska has endorsed a vision for the future of manufacturing industry in Europe. The speech pointed to how Europe is on the cusp of losing its hold as a major world industrial power, and urgent action is required.

EU chemicals join 92 sectors asking Commission to fulfil promise for EU industry strategy

Brussels, 16 February 2017 – Cefic and more than 90 other industry associations in Brussels have signed a joint declaration today calling on the European Commission to reaffirm its vision for industry's role in Europe and increase its attractiveness as a destination for investment.

Reform of EU Emissions Trading on the way: EU chemical industry welcomes positive vote on EU ETS

Brussels, 15 February 2017 – Cefic congratulates the European Parliament under the leadership of MEP Ian Duncan, on the result of today's Plenary vote on the EU Emissions Trading System. The result is a successful overall compromise, that will safeguard jobs and help Europe move to a low carbon economy.


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”

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Facts and Figures

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

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Responsible Care

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

» Learn more about Responsible Care