II - In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations
Trade and business associations
Avenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse, 6
(+32) 2 675 35 50
Mr Jacob Hansen
Mr Jacob Hansen
Fertilizers feed half the global population. Fertilizers Europe represents the major fertilizer manufactures in the EU. Its members account for approximately 70-80% of the region’s fertilizer production capacity and around 70% of phosphate fertilizer production. As an industry association, Fertilizers Europe’s mission is to identify, promote and manage the common interests of its members. It aims to fulfill this mission by explaining and promoting the role of fertilizers in European agriculture and horticulture, by anticipating and preparing for emerging issues that may affect the industry, by speaking on behalf of its members, and by providing them – and other interested parties – with a wide range of statistical information and studies. The issues that the industry devotes its attention to may be matters that have prompted concern within the industry itself (related, for example, to its competitiveness and Product Stewardship); they may, on the other hand, have arisen in EU institutions or other sectors of society in connection with the production or use of fertilizers.
The main EU initiatives followed are generally related to trade or regulatory issues.
Within trade our main concerns are free trade agreements and other trade concessions having an impact on the fertilizer market.
Another important aspect are policies related to energy and especially gas since a well functioning gas market is critical to our industry. This also has trade implications.
Regulatory affairs involve energy and climate change issues since the fertilizer industry is energy intensive. As the number one exposed sector on the EU's carbon leakage list the EU's ETS system is a key policy area.
The use of our product is regulated by Agricultural and Environmental policies such as CAP, agri-environmental schemes, nitrate directive, clean air legislation, water and it has links to the circular economy.
Obviously, standards relating to our products like the present fertilizer regulation 2003/2003 is another key area.
Best production practices described in the so called BREF must also be followed and acted upon.
Fertilizer security and chemical safety throughout the production chain also falls within the remit of the association.
We have a number of brochures and books which explain our industry and the best way to use our products.
Our latest initiative is "Infinite Fertilizers" in which we outline the best use of our products from the sourcing of raw materials, the production of fertilizers the use and the eventual where possible recycling.
Occasionally, we will consider events alongside the EU institutions.
We are represented in the high level group on energy-intensive industries under DG Grow.
We are involved in some of the civil dialogue groups under DG Agriculture.
We are represented in the fertilizer working group under DG GROW.
We are a member of the European Energy Forum (EEF).
We have taken the initiative to establish a forum called "Forum for fertilizers and nutrients for growth" where stakeholders can discuss current issues. The forum normally meets in the European Parliament twice per year.
At Director level all Directors have advocacy responsibilities related to the activities mentioned above. The majority of their workload though is related to technical issues with members.
Another 3 staff have access passes but are infrequently involved in advocacy activities.
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Fertilizers Europe is an affiliated member of CEFIC European Chemical Industry Council and member of the Intenational Fertilizers Industry Association IFA. Fertilizers Europe is also involved with Forum on Fertilizers and Nutrients for Growth, European Energy Forum, European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform, EPC, Friends of Europe, CEPS and British Chamber of Commerce.
01/2014 - 12/2014
No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.