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Cefic to present its vision for a competitive Europe to EU Council Working Party

Brussels, 14 September 2018 - Cefic will attend the EU Council Competitiveness & Growth Working Party meeting of September 17, along with a few other stakeholders. We are honoured to have been invited to this high-level meeting, where Cefic Executive Director René van Sloten will give a keynote address and present our Manifesto for a Competitive Europe .  

Chemicals business remains strong despite deteriorating global economic climate

Brussels, 10 September 2018 - Chemicals output was up 0.9% between January and May 2018, while chemicals prices rose 2.3% during the same period. Chemicals exports jumped 2.6% and imports leaped 4.1% between January and May. The trade surplus was down €0.2 billion during the same period. 

Chemical industry collaborating to maximise its contribution to UN sustainable development goals

Brussels, 30 August 2018 -  Last month the World Business Council for Sustainable Development launched its first sectoral roadmap, the Chemical Sector Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Roadmap , alongside the United Nations’ High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York City. 


Key EU policy issues for our industry

Mid-Century Strategy

Cefic has started to develop a European Chemical Industry Mid-Century Strategy aimed at  highlighting the opportunities for our industry to deliver solutions in the context of a sustainable, digital, low-carbon and safety-conscious European society, and the conditions under which we can achieve this immense transformation.


The development of a sustainable bioeconomy in Europe is key to unlocking the potential of many well established as well as new economic sectors. Strengthening the European bioeconomy can yield significant results in achieving the key EU policy objectives, such as the climate change mitigation, circular economy, clean energy and creation of new jobs.

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. 

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. 

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 2017 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.

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