Competitiveness of the European chemicals industry Objavljeno: 18/01/2011, Zadnja sprememba: 24/08/2015
Conference to present the status of the implementation of the recommendations of the High Level Group on Chemicals
In 2007 the Commission set up a High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry1 in order to “conduct economic and statistical analysis of the factors determining the structural changes in the chemicals industry” and “to formulate a set of policy recommendations addressed to policy makers, industry and civil society organisations”.
In February 2009, the HLG adopted its final report (HLG Report) including 39 policy recommendations2 , which were agreed unanimously and addressed to a wide range of actors, including the Commission services, Member States and regional authorities, as well as industry and other stakeholders.
Following the invitation from the Competitiveness Council in May 2009, the Commission – in close cooperation with Member States, chemical regions, industry and other stakeholders – has concluded a stock tacking exercise on the implementation of these recommendations, and adopted a report3 early in 2011.
A thriving range of policies, initiatives and programmes at all levels emerged, testifying to the importance of an industry of fundamental relevance for the whole European economy. The picture provided in the report is a milestone to focus attention in order to achieve a complete implementation of the High Level Group recommendations.
On 10 February 2011, the Commission hosted a conference that took stock of the current situation of the European chemicals industry and presented concrete cases of actions implementing the High Level Group recommendations with particular emphasis on innovation and human resources, which can serve as examples and best practice for other actors or areas of activity.
The Commission also presented the future steps it intends to take in order to continue fostering the implementation of the recommendations.
At the same time, the conference marked the International Year of Chemistry, an initiative launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).
Chemicals - High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry - Report on the implementation of the recommendations of the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry