Anti-TTIP demonstration in Berlin

Dialogue on trade policy is needed

The German chemical industry association VCI welcomes a broad societal debate on the importance of trade policy, in connection with the planned EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Tillmann is convinced: An intensive examination of the TTIP content will high-light the benefits of the agreement for Germany and its citizens and economy. At the same time, he underlines that TTIP will not bring a lowering of standards in chemicals safety.

“Needless to say that we are taking the concerns of others seriously. But it is a fact that TTIP will not bring a lowering of standards in chemicals safety.” - Photo: © VCI / René Spalek
“Needless to say that we are taking the concerns of others seriously. But it is a fact that TTIP will not bring a lowering of standards in chemicals safety.” - Photo: © VCI / René Spalek

The German chemical industry association Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) welcomes a broad societal debate on the importance of trade policy, in connection with the planned EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). VCI director-general Utz Tillmann says: “Innovative products secure our high export share in the world market. In this way, they make essential contributions to the prosperity of Germany. In a major export nation, a constructive dialogue on trade policy facts and perspectives should be a matter of course.” Total sales of the German chemical industry amount to well over 190 billion euros; out of this total, 60 percent are achieved in foreign business. The USA is the largest export market of the industry.

Tillmann is confident that an intensive examination of the TTIP content will high-light the benefits of the agreement for Germany and its citizens and economy. He also states: “Needless to say that we are taking the concerns of others seriously. But it is a fact that TTIP will not bring a lowering of standards in chemicals safety.” The VCI director-general emphasizes that doubts and reservations are also taken up by the EU Commission who has already responded in respect of transparency.

Tillmann calls upon supporters and opponents of TTIP to engage in a dialogue: “I am inviting all critics to formulate their issues. Industry is open for dialogue. Different assessments can be clarified only if the societal debate on TTIP in Germany does not resemble the proverbial turf war. Total rejection is not helpful.”

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