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News

Below is a list of the latest news published this year. The latest three stories appear in the Cefic newsroom page.

  1. Richard Northcote, CSO at Covestro has passed away

    22 June 2018

    We are deeply saddened by the recent news that Richard Northcote, Chief Sustainability Officer at Covestro, a member company of Cefic, unexpectedly passed away. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and colleagues in Covestro. Cefic had the pleasure of working with Richard on a number of projects. He was passionate about sustainable chemical industry and had a unique vision on how to make this happen. He contributed actively to the Cefic Sustainability programme and the ChemistryCan Sustainability report 2017. Richard was an active member of the Cefic Sustainability Forum and the Mid-Century Strategy team. He will be greatly missed by the whole Cefic team.

  2. Helsinski Chemical Forum key note speech delivered by Hariolf Kottmann

    14 June 2018

    Brussels, 14 June 2018 – Helsinski Chemical Forum key note speech delivered by Hariolf Kottmann, CEO Clariant, President of Cefic and ICCA. Sound chemical management and sustainability as a competitive advantage in the global chemical industry.

  3. ECHA and Cefic sign joint statement to work on effective implementation of REACH

    14 June 2018

    Brussels, 14 June 2018 – With the completion of the third registration deadline, REACH now regulates all chemicals on the EU market. In this context, and recognising the recommendations in the 2018 Commission General Report on REACH calling on all actors to further improve REACH implementation, ECHA and Cefic today signed a cooperation agreement that will further contribute to this.

  4. Brexit: businesses need to plan ahead, says EU chief negotiator’s team

    14 June 2018

    Brussels, 14 June 2018 – The European Commission’s Article 50 negotiating task force shared its thoughts about likely Brexit outcomes with Cefic recently. In the interview, Michel Barnier’s team makes it plain that, given the UK government’s red lines, the situation of the UK will become that of a third country – regardless of whether or not a ratified Withdrawal Agreement is reached. All businesses should prepare for this eventuality and consider specific actions.  

  5. Question and answer with Michel Barnier’s team, the Brexit taskforce

    12 June 2018

    Brussels, 14 June 2018 – We note that progress is being made with the text of the Withdrawal Agreement. But uncertainty continues to prevail regarding the future relationship with the UK. What do you advise industry as regards preparation for Brexit? 

  6. Cefic issues recommendations for post-Brexit chemicals regulatory cooperation

    12 June 2018

    Brussels, 12 June 2018 – On June 12th Cefic adopted its position regarding chemicals regulatory cooperation after Brexit, recommending a bilateral agreement between the EU-27 and the UK that allows continued participation of UK authorities as well as UK businesses in the implementation of the regulations (REACH, CLP (Classification & Labelling, PIC (Prior Informed Consent) and Biocidal Products Regulation) administered by the European Chemicals Agency, ECHA. This scenario would represent the most effective way to ensure companies can continue to efficiently trade across borders and their operations are not disrupted by Brexit.

  7. Horizon Europe proposal reflects the true value of Europe

    07 June 2018

    Brussels, 7 June 2018 – Today the European Commission announced the structure of its next Research and Innovation programme, Horizon Europe. The proposal makes it the largest European Union Research and Innovation programme so far with an estimated budget of approximately €100 billion for the period 2021 – 2027.

  8. EU chemicals sector still growing, but losing momentum

    06 June 2018

    Brussels 6th June 2018 - The EU chemicals sector continues to grow, albeit at a slower clip. Chemicals output and chemicals prices were up again, as were chemicals imports and exports. Capacity utilisation fell slightly, however.

  9. Unilaterally imposed tariffs and quotas are detrimental to global trade

    01 June 2018

    Brussels, June 1 2018 - Today, the US administration decided to impose a unilateral 25% and 10% tariff on imports of steel and aluminum products, as already announced in March. The EU chemicals industry is not directly affected by these tariffs, but it will have a negative impact on transatlantic trade and on global markets, with escalations and risks of trade wars. The chemical industry has always been a fervent supporter of free trade because it is good for economic growth and we believe that any unilateral decision that infringes free trade has a negative impact.

  10. In the run-up to REACH deadline day, Cefic Director General Marco Mensink shared his thoughts about the EU’s flagship chemicals legislation with POLITICO

    01 June 2018

    Brussels, June 1 - It’s crunch time at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

    Midnight Thursday is the final deadline for companies to register chemicals under the EU’s REACH legislation, the most ambitious and meticulous chemical system in the world. Industry and ECHA have been working overtime to meet the goal, and so far 13,000 companies have registered nearly 21,000 chemicals.


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