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Further push for industry support just one day after Juncker’s important gesture towards industry

Brussels, 14 September 2017 – Cefic welcomes the German-Dutch non-paper on strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of the European industry launched today.

A step towards a new industrial age in Europe

Brussels, 13 September 2017 – Today the European Commission (EC) published Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry: A renewed Industrial Strategy for Europe . The communication outlines measures to facilitate a new industrial age and unlock sustainable growth. The communication was published shortly after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s 2017 State of the...

Trade secrets are crucial for protecting returns from innovation

Brussels, 24 August 2017 –  The first EU study on the importance of trade secrets and their relationship with patents was published on July 13 th , 2017. This study was really needed: despite their economic importance, trade secrets were poorly studied and their relationship with patents often misinterpreted. This publication also comes at the right moment, since Member States are in the proces...


Key EU policy issues for our industry

Climate Change & Energy

The European chemical industry is the world’s top exporter and importer of chemicals, supplying virtually all sectors of the EU economy with innovative, energy-efficient and sustainable solutions

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. 

>> ESCom Package Version 3.0 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.

» 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