VCI is critical of the action day against TTIP and free trade

Active shaping instead of rejection

The VCI is calling upon the opponents of free trade negotiations to take a constructive role in the shaping of globalisation. According to the VCI’s foreign trade expert Professor Reinhard Quick, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a chance to agree on high common standards which can have international effects also on other regions.

VCI: Take a constructive role in the shaping of globalisation rules and standards via TTIP! © treenabeena - Fotolia.com
VCI: Take a constructive role in the shaping of globalisation rules and standards via TTIP! © treenabeena - Fotolia.com

The German chemical industry association Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) is calling upon the opponents of free trade negotiations to take a constructive role in the shaping of globalisation. From the VCI’s viewpoint, in particular the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a historic chance to work on the rules of globalisation. Professor Reinhard Quick, director in charge of the VCI’s foreign trade affairs and of the Brussels liaison office, gave this statement: “TTIP is an innovative attempt of the EU and the USA to agree on high common standards which can have positive international effects also on other regions. In an increasingly multipolar world, it is important to use all possibilities for further developing worldwide rules and standards. If we ourselves do not become active in a constructive manner, we will soon be applying inter¬national standards developed by others.”

Better – not lower – standards are the objective

The VCI once more emphasises that TTIP will by no means water down the Euro-pean standards for chemical safety. An expert group with 16 members from NGOs, industry and economy advises the European Commission on TTIP. Quick, who is one of the group’s members, elaborates on the chemicals sector: “The German chemical industry is contributing to solutions for how to reduce trading costs while internationally improving the protection of consumers, workers and environment.” This could be achieved, for example, by labelling chemicals with the same warnings and symbols so that repacking and relabelling at borders would be no longer necessary. Such a step could enhance safety and cut costs.

Quick: “Polemics and total rejection do not help find solutions to real problems. This also holds true for the protection of foreign investment. We cannot bring about the necessary corrections simply by not talking about this issue. Here, too, we have a great opportunity to negotiate reformed rules which can be seen as a precedent for other agreements and remedy existing weaknesses.”

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 2013 the German chemical industry realised sales of more than 190 billion euros and employed around 438,000 staff.

Contact: VCI Press Dept., Phone: +49 69 2556-1496, E-Mail: presse@vci.de
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