The VCI on the European Commission Work Programme 2015

The strategy change is gaining shape

The German chemical industry association Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) welcomes the EU Commission’s plans to deliver jobs, growth and invest-ment, according to its work programme which was presented last evening in Strasbourg.

VCI welcomes strategy change towards substainable growth in Europe, initiated by the EU Commission under Jean-Claude Juncker. © EU-Kommission
VCI welcomes strategy change towards substainable growth in Europe, initiated by the EU Commission under Jean-Claude Juncker. © EU-Kommission

The VCI’s director-general Utz Tillmann explained: “The German chemical industry supports this strategy change by the Commission towards more balance between economy and ecology. More investment, a deeper single market and the pursued strengthening of the industrial base make the foundation for a good future for Europe.” According to Tillmann, the efforts to cope with the economic crisis after 2008 have shown that Europe urgently needs more industry. He emphasised: “The Commission can achieve sustained growth and more employment only with a competitive industry.” Tillmann thinks that the traditional industrial sectors are able to make decisive contributions – if the framework conditions are right.

The VCI is positive about cross-departmental discussions of the EU Commission’s political initiatives in the future and about a better coordination of legislative proposals in the complex machinery of this institution. Tillmann commented: “A fresh wind seems to be blowing in Brussels. As regards content, Jean-Claude Juncker wants to set new priorities for the Commission during his term in office and bring its work closer to reality.”

Furthermore, the VCI expressly welcomes that the work programme gives great importance to the negotiations with the USA on a transatlantic free trade area.

The VCI represents the politico-economic interests of over 1,650 German chemical companies and German subsidiaries of foreign businesses. For this purpose, the VCI is in contact with politicians, public authorities, other industries, science and media. The VCI stands for over 90 percent of the chemical industry in Germany. In 2014 the German chemical industry realised sales of more than 193 billion euros and employed 442,500 staff.

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