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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. Europe needs to resist single market fragmentation

    14 December 2018

    Brussels 14 December 2018 - Cefic supports the European Council’s conclusions on the Single Market. More needs to be done to ensure that the Single Market provides a solid underpinning for an outward-looking, confident and autonomous European Union. Said Marco Mensink: “The chemical industry has invested in Europe relying on a fully functioning single market, one without borders. If the EU does not stop fragmentation of the single market, it will become less attractive as a place to invest, grow and recruit ”. A strong and resilient Single Market is a precondition for a successful industrial strategy and an indispensable factor for the chemical sector to operate and compete on a global scale. Read Cefic views on the Single Market.

  2. An interview with Dolf van Wijk, Executive Director Euro Chlor/Halogens

    13 December 2018

    Dolf van Wijk, executive director, Cefic industry sector Euro Chlor/Halogens, is retiring at the end of this year. Dolf sat down with us to share his thoughts about his time at Euro Chlor.


  3. Cefic welcomes EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement ratification

    13 December 2018

    Brussels 13 December 2018 - Cefic welcomes the ratification of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) by the European Parliament. Yesterday’s vote will allow the agreement to be implemented beginning of 2019, so that both businesses and consumers as a whole can reap the benefits of this modern, comprehensive and balanced Agreement. This agreement is also very much welcomed at a time when the international community is witnessing a rise of protectionism across the world.

  4. Robust research & innovation agenda for achieving circularity of plastics

    13 December 2018

    Brussels 13 December 2018 - In response to the European Plastics Strategy, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem) and partners have issued  a new report: Plastics Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in a Circular Economy. This report identifies the challenges to plastics circularity and defines the types of solutions needed to address them. Future research is required in three main areas: Circularity by design, recycling and alternative feedstock.

     

  5. Chemical industry growth is expected to stabilise in 2019

    11 December 2018

    Brussels 11 December 2018 -The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) is expecting modest 0,5% growth in 2019 compared to 2018. While we expect that the industry can recover in 2019 from a decline in demand from the automotive industry in 2018, the industry’s 2019 performance might be impacted by trade tensions between the US, China and Europe, as well as the uncertainty around Brexit.

  6. EU single market delivery challenge needs to be addressed

    29 November 2018

    Brussels 29 November 2018 - Poor application of Single Market rules by Member States remains a challenge – according to the Commission’s state-of-play released last week. “Just as we are resisting protectionism outside the EU, we should resist fragmentation inside the EU”, said Internal Market and Industry Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska.

  7. Slower growth for EU chemicals sector

    29 November 2018

    Brussels 29 November 2018 - The EU chemicals sector is posting slower growth, with production inching up 0.2% from January to September 2018 compared to the same period of 2017. Chemicals prices climbed 3.6% during the same period, while chemicals sales reached 3.6% through August 2018, their highest level in five years. Chemicals exports jumped 4.2% and chemicals imports 6.8% between January and August 2018.

  8. Cefic on the EU 2050 climate strategy: keep us competitive and we will deliver

    28 November 2018

    Brussels 28 November 2018 - Today the European Commission presented its scenarios outlining ways the EU economy can reach carbon-neutrality by 2050. These scenarios require a huge transformation of all sectors of the economy in a very short timeframe. 

  9. Eurelectric and Energy-intensive industries call for an ambitious and comprehensive EU Industrial Strategy to enable industry’s contribution to the EU long-term GHG goals.

    28 November 2018

    Brussels 28 November 2018 - Europe’s Energy-intensive (EIIs) and Electricity industries haveresponded to the European Commission’s call for contribution to the EU Long Term Strategy bycommissioning or carrying out and publishing two critical reports, examining and explaining pathways and scenarios for long-term EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in industry andpower generation to enable the low-carbon transition.

  10. Cefic and CIA welcome draft BREXIT agreement

    22 November 2018

    Brussels 22 November 2018 - We are pleased to hear a draft agreement has been reached. If signed off on Sunday, the agreement represents another small step towards the much needed certainty that business has been calling for. From the outset the chemical industry’s priorities have been: 1. frictionless, tariff-free trade, 2. regulatory consistency, 3. access to skilled people.

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